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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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Starting today, consumers who are concerned about identity theft or data breaches can freeze their credit and place one-year fraud alerts for free. The Federal Trade Commission explains, here. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
American Airlines is threatening to prohibit customers from making changes to nonrefundable tickets if Congress makes good on a proposal to crack down on what critics call unreasonable airline fees. The NYT article is here. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports: After the education secretary, Betsy DeVos, started scaling back consumer protections for student borrowers last year, six states and the District of Columbia sped up their own efforts to crack down on abusive lending practices... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is calling on Congress to come up with a federal privacy standard in order to preempt states from passing their own laws governing data collection. The article is here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post, addressing the current work of the CFPB and the Department of Education, had editorials yesterday and today pertinent to student loans and higher education: Read "The Trump administration’s scandalous handling of student loans," here. Read "How Betsy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based farm policy group, said consumers cannot rely only on the organic seal from the USDA. The group says that the USDA is failing to protect ethical industry participants and consumers from fraud. Food Safety News has... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Pew Charitable Trusts reports that consumers are exposed to potentially harmful financial products from the nation’s fragmented regulatory system. "Innovation can spur growth and competition in financial markets and provide new and better options for customers. But without careful, balanced... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Los Angeles Sentinel reports on a new poll that finds consumers still support financial regulation and related enforcement. Moreover, consumer concern about payday and car-title lending has increased over the past year. Roughly three-fourths of likely 2018 voters support... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The bottom line: "Presidents deserve wide latitude in choosing agency heads to carry out their mission in line with the administration's priorities. And USA TODAY has a long history of supporting those choices even when we disagree with the views... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Politico reports on continuing debate over rules to protect people from financial advisors' who put their own interests above those of the clients that they are advising. Older savers are often the targets of brokers’ self-enriching sales that saddle them... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports that "Facebook’s push to gain access to users' banking data and other sensitive financial information could help make online banking more efficient — or it could backfire among those skeptical that the world’s biggest social network... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Jon Sheldon at the National Consumer Law Center discusses "Shortening the Limitations Period on Credit Card Collection Lawsuits": With the growth of the debt buying industry, the statute of limitations has become a particularly important defense in credit card collection... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Regulatory Review has a short piece on Betsy Devos's effort to roll back protections for student loan borrowers put in place under the Obama Administration, focusing on the borrower-defense rule. The post is here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Mobile peer-to-peer payment services used on smartphones and tablets make it easy to transfer money between friends. Consumer Reports tested five mobile P2P services -- Venmo, Square's Cash App, Facebook P2P Payments in Messenger, and Zelle -- to see how... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Senator Elizabeth Warren answers policy questions about the economy, free markets, and regulation for the Washington Post, here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Department of Education today proposed a new Borrower Defense Rule that would abandon important protections designed to stop for-profit colleges from forcing students to give up their right to take schools to court for wrongdoing by forcing them to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell ponders the Trump Administration's choice of someone with "zero experience in the complicated world of financial regulation or consumer protection" to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Considering consumer protection more broadly, she writes: It’s... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports that the Mick Mulvaney has chosen Brian Johnson to be the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's acting deputy director. Johnson had previously served as the CFPB’s principal policy director. He had been hired by Mulvaney last year to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post recently reported on a phenomenon I had not previously been aware of: mass-mailing checks to strangers, that when cashed become high-interest loans. As a trainee at one firm described it, "basically a way of monetizing poor people."... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Mick Mulvaney, at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, cut in half a fine that his Obama-era predecessor sought against a payday lender and dropped some of the agency’s earlier claims in the case, three people familiar the matter told Reuters.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports that Equifax has agreed to a consent order with eight state financial regulators in response to the breach that allowed hackers to steal sensitive personal information on more than 147 million people last year. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at CL&P Blog
A new report from the think tank New America finds that basic banking services such as opening and maintaining a checking account can cost substantially more if you are black or Latino. For instance, community banks in predominantly black neighborhoods... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports that a judge has ordered the Department of Education to stop collecting debts from all students defrauded by the for-profit Corinthian College, which shut down in 2015. "The court ruled in May that the Department of Education... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at CL&P Blog
In a case brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the State of New York, a judge in the Southern District of New York held today that the structure of the CFPB is unconstitutional because it is an independent... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at CL&P Blog