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Allison Zieve
Allison Zieve is the director of Public Citizen Litigation Group and Public Citizen's Supreme Court Assistance Project.
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Public Citizen today put out a short statement about gift cards and forced arbitration provisions, here. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
An Obama administration proposal that would have required airlines disclose checked and carry-on bag fees at the start of a ticket purchase rather than later is being dropped by the Department of Transportation. The Associated Press story, via the Chicago... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at CL&P Blog
An op-ed in The Washington Post reports: The debate surrounding the Federal Communications Commission’s effort to revise the net neutrality rules has been heated and intense. Spurred by privacy advocates and late-night talk show hosts alike, the FCC’s rulemaking process... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at CL&P Blog
CNBC reports: "Congress has it in for consumer protections enacted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. A congressional resolution introduced Friday in the House would kill the CFPB's new rule aimed at making sure borrowers of so-called payday loans can... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at CL&P Blog
November 22, 2017 - Tobacco Companies to Begin Issuing Court-Ordered Statements in Tobacco Racketeering Suit November 22, 2017 - Former Pharmacy Compliance Director Pleads Guilty to Introducing Adulterated Drugs into Interstate Commerce and Conspiracy to Defraud the United States November... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at CL&P Blog
USA Today reports on plans to sue the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over its rule on payday lending. As the article epxlians, "The new rule requires providers of payday loans, auto title loans, and other small-dollar advances to predetermine whether... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at CL&P Blog
A health products company called Health Research Laboratories and its owner Kramer Duhon have agreed to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Maine that they deceived consumers with promises that their products could treat everything... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post's personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary weighs in on the controversy over leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, here. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Lots of stories and legal analysis today about the dispute over whether the President can name an acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or whether the deputy director, by statute, has become the acting director. And Reuter's reports... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The major tobacco companies will soon "launch a court-ordered national advertising campaign to end a massive fraud and racketeering case that the federal government brought against the industry nearly two decades ago. The campaign will run on TV, in newspapers,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at CL&P Blog
An article in Politico reviews the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s work on a range of on a wide range of issues relating to student loans and for-profit colleges, and discusses how the Trump Administration might undo that work. Read "What's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Bloomberg reports: Mick Mulvaney once called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau “a sad, sick joke.” Now, he may get to oversee Elizabeth Warren’s favorite regulator. Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s Office of Management and Budget director, is being considered for a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports on Richard Cordray's apparently imminent resignation from the CFPB, here. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports: "Penalties levied by the Securities and Exchange Commission dropped to a four-year low during the latest fiscal year, showing how a more friendly tone from regulators and the transition of political power can yield relief... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at CL&P Blog
As The Washington Post reports: The Education Department officials opened formal negotiations on Monday to rewrite federal rules meant to protect students from fraud by colleges and universities. The talks with university representative and student advocates are taking place as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at CL&P Blog
A new report by The Century Foundation based on analysis of data from the Department of Education shows that students who attended for-profit colleges filed more than 98 percent of the requests for student loan forgiveness alleging fraud by their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at CL&P Blog posted on Monday that the website has posted its last post: This is our last post on We’re deeply proud of all the work we’ve done on behalf of consumers, from exposing shady practices by secretive cable companies... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports: The director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has written an unusual plea to President Trump, asking him to save the agency's rule on forced arbitration. Richard Cordray wrote what he called a “simple, personal appeal”... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Senate just passed Senate Joint Resolution 47, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the deciding vote, to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's rule barring class-action bans in consumer financial contracts. Republican Senators John Kennedy (R-Louisiana) and Lindsey Graham... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Guest post by Emily Martin, General Counsel and Vice President for Workplace Justice. National Women's Law Center Fox News. Sterling Jewelers. Wells Fargo. What do they all have in common? For years, they successfully kept corporate wrongdoing secret, through forced... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports that "Wells Fargo engaged in unfair and deceptive practices, failed to properly manage risks and hasn’t set aside enough money to pay back the customers it harmed, according to a confidential report by federal regulators."... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports that the Federal Trade and 12 state attorneys general have formed a task force to crack down on student debt relief scams. "The federal-state initiative, dubbed Operation Game of Loans, is responsible for five cases against... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at CL&P Blog
I don't post every article about the Consumer Financial Protection bureau rule barring financial services companies from using forced arbitration provisions to impose class-action bans on consumers. But I wanted to pass along this one by CFPB director Richard Cordray... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at CL&P Blog
On October 5, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued its final rule on payday, vehicle title, and certain high-cost installment loans. The National Consumer Law Center prepared this article describing the rule's coverage, two main provisions, and effective date.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced to day that it is mailing 227,000 refund checks totaling more than $9.8 million to people who bought “fat burning” and “weight loss” products and other dietary supplements, DVDs, or skin creams, including Pure Green... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at CL&P Blog