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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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The Hill reports that the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Friday told phone companies that they should start providing free technology for their customers to block robocalls and spam texts. Last year, The Hill explains, the FCC told... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
Time has this article, reporting that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau "has reshaped the mortgage market and issued hefty penalties. But there is much to be done." Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at CL&P Blog
The U.S. Department of Education yesterday outlined a series of enhanced protections and customer service standards to guide the future of federal student loan servicing practices. The policies were outlined in a memorandum to Federal Student Aid (FSA) and developed... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at CL&P Blog
A Washington Post story today, entitled "Did your college mislead you about job prospects? It might become far easier to have your loans forgiven," explains: A little-known rule called Borrower Defense to Repayment, which is making its way through the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
July 15, 2016 - District Court Enters Permanent Injunction Against Minnesota Food Manufacturer and Company’s Managers to Prevent Distribution of Adulterated Food Products July 12, 2016 - Residents of Three States Charged with Unlawful Sale of Dietary Supplements July 11,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced yesterday that it has ordered Santander Bank, N.A. to pay a $10 million fine for illegal overdraft service practices. Santander’s telemarketing vendor deceptively marketed the overdraft service and signed certain bank customers up for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports on the new federal GMO-labeling bill, which has drawn praise and criticism. A bill to create a federal labeling standard for foods with genetically modified ingredients and block states from issuing their own laws sailed through the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: After months of debate over the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, and at an apparent impasse over privatizing air traffic control, Congress has settled on a compromise — with some unexpected benefits for the average air... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Of the dozens of vehicles — small S.U.V.s and midsize cars — whose headlights the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has tested this year, only one has been rated “good.” That was a 2016 Toyota Prius V. The best any... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Data compiled by the Auto Insurance Center shows that in states with tougher driving laws, fewer motorists die in auto accidents. Comparing speed limits, teen driving restrictions, and seat belt laws in the states, the Auto Insurance Center found a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports today: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and other Senate Democrats are calling on federal regulators to step up efforts to protect consumers from educational programs that engage in fraud and deceptive marketing, in light of the ongoing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Study results released yesterday by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation found that, although Americans as a whole are feeling less financial stress, making ends meet remains a daily struggle for millions — particularly women, millennials, African-Americans, Hispanics, and those lacking... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at CL&P Blog
California's Attorney General announced on Friday a settlement agreement with K12 Inc., a for-profit online charter school operator, and the 14 affiliated non-profit schools known as the California Virtual Academies (“CAVA Schools”) that it manages, over alleged violations of California’s... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports: Democrats Mark Warner of Virginia and Chuck Schumer of New York plan to send a letter to the Federal Trade Commission [today] asking the regulatory body to examine the persistent challenge of fraudulent ads in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports that More than at any time in their history, banks are being asked to work hand-in-hand with the U.S. government, serving as deputized watchmen for suspicious activity. That has been happening to some extent since... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports: The entire federal government is exempt from consumer protection laws that limit unwanted robocalls, the Federal Communications Commission decided in a ruling issued Tuesday night. While the Telephone Consumer Protection Act bars businesses from making numerous autodialed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post has two articles today about payday loans. First, an opinion piece by Mike Calhoun, the director of the Center for Responsible Lending, is entitled "Think there’s no good alternative to payday loans? Think again." Mr. Calhoun begins:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today released a monthly "complaint snapshot" highlighting complaints about consumer loans, including vehicle loans and leases, installment loans, title loans, and pawn loans. The report shows that consumers continue to complain about issues managing their... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Confirming the reports last week of a settlement of the VW emissions lawsuit, the parties today announced that VW will pay $14.7 billion to settle allegations of cheating emissions tests and deceiving customers. Volkswagen will offer consumers a buyback and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports that Volkswagen has agreed to pay $10.2 billion to settle a lawsuit brought against it for cheating on U.S. emissions tests. The case stems from the carmaker’s 2015 admission that 11 million vehicles worldwide had cheating... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at CL&P Blog
NPR reports: Just a week before a Vermont law kicks in requiring labels on food containing genetically modified ingredients, U.S. Senate agriculture leaders announced a deal Thursday that takes the power out of states' hands — and sets a mandatory... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports: Small businesses have been a growing source of revenue for online lenders. Now, federal regulators are exploring whether they should intensify oversight of these loan deals. “These are basically mom-and-pop operations getting, you know, very... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at CL&P Blog
A new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau supervision report finds that some mortgage servicers continue to use failed technology that has already harmed consumers, putting those companies in violation of the CFPB’s new servicing rules. In its examinations covering numerous mortgage... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Reuter's reports: Bank of America Corp's Merrill Lynch unit will pay $415 million and admit to wrongdoing to settle charges that it misused customer cash to generate profits and failed to safeguard their securities from creditors, the U.S. Securities and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at CL&P Blog