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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 Washington Post reports: The number of older Americans taking on student debt on behalf of their children and grandchildren has quadrupled in the past decade, with consumers over 60 now holding $66.7 billion in student loan debt, according to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports that the White House Office of Management and Budget completed its review of the organic livestock and poultry practices Wednesday, giving the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service the green light to release the final rules on... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
Patch.com reports: [New York] Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Thursday the resolution of a four-year investigation of a Citigroup subsidiary that had overcharged over 47,000 of its customers more than $22.5 million in fees. After the Attorney General’s Office... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
"The Federal Communications Commission is alerting consumers to be aware of callers falsely offering lower credit card payments or interest rates, credit card debt relief, and improved credit scores. These scams can be more common during and after the holiday... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: If you've used or heard of programs such as T-Mobile's Binge On or Music Freedom, then you're familiar with an increasingly common business tactic known as zero rating: the decision by a cellphone carrier to let... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced today: Damian Kutzner, one of the operators of a mortgage relief scheme that bilked millions of dollars from financially distressed homeowners, has agreed to a court order banning him from the debt relief business. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this week took action against two medical debt collection law firms and their president for falsely representing that letters and calls were from attorneys attempting to collect on a debt when no attorney had yet... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at CL&P Blog
We have seen a lot of articles and columns lately about the future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its director Richard Cordray. Jeff posted one such piece below. The American Banker yesterday posted this defense of the CFPB... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: Some of the nation's biggest Internet providers are asking the government to roll back a landmark set of privacy regulations it approved last fall — kicking off an effort by the industry and its allies to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at CL&P Blog
In an opinion issued yesterday, the Ninth Circuit held that a named plaintiff need not demonstrate, to support a motion for class certification, an "administratively feasible" way of identifying individual class members. In Briseno v. ConAgra, the plaintiffs argued that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken enforcement action against Equifax, Inc., TransUnion, and their subsidiaries for deceiving consumers about the usefulness and actual cost of credit scores they sold to consumers. The CFPB found that the companies also lured... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's blog post about its fair-lending priorities for 2017 is here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: Consumer advocates have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that Google violated user privacy through a policy change that gives the company more leeway to build profiles of people as they browse the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at CL&P Blog
FairWarning has an article today about the Consumer Product Safety Commission: For decades, the federal agency largely was seen as a doormat with few resources and a toothless enforcement record. But over the past few years, under its chairman, Elliot... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports: Big banks are fighting tens of billions of dollars of potential legal costs linked to at least a dozen pending lawsuits arising from the financial crisis. Now they want the Supreme Court to weigh in,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: Education Secretary John B. King Jr. on Monday rejected an appeal from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, one of the largest national accreditation agencies, to remain the gatekeeper between colleges and billions of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission has issued the National Do Not Call Registry Data Book for Fiscal Year 2016. Consumers can use the National Do Not Call Registry to choose not to receive telemarketing calls. Now in its eighth year of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has entered into consent orders with three reverse mortgage companies for deceptive advertisements, including claiming that consumers could not lose their homes. The CFPB is ordering American Advisors Group, Reverse Mortgage Solutions, and Aegean Financial... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumerist has this disturbing story: According to a coalition of consumer-interest organizations, the makers of two “smart” kids toys — the My Friend Cayla doll and the i-Que Intelligent Robot — are allegedly violating laws in the U.S. and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports that Wells Fargo "has sought to kill lawsuits that its customers have filed over the creation of as many as two million sham accounts by moving the cases into private arbitration." The full article is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Here are recent announcements involving the Consumer Protection Branch of the Department of Justice. November 21, 2016 - Salesman Sentenced in Scheme to Defraud Consumers Through Debt Relief Firms November 14, 2016 - Four California Residents Sentenced in Scheme to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced this week: The Federal Trade Commission has closed the book on a data broker operation that the agency alleges got personal information from people who thought they were applying for payday loans online, and sold... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at CL&P Blog
This month's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) complaint snapshot highlights consumer complaints about financial services such as debt settlement, check cashing, money orders, and credit repair. The report shows that consumer complaints about these types of financial services generally revolve... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at CL&P Blog
A Consumer Financial Protection Bureau' blog post explains: This month marks the fifth anniversary of the CFPB Ombudsman’s Office, an independent, impartial, and confidential resource that assists consumers, financial entities, consumer groups, trade groups, and others in informally resolving process... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing a rule requiring automakers put labels on sun visors of all new vehicles with instructions on how to file safety complaints. The labels would be glued to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at CL&P Blog