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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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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 5 days ago 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
Verizon, AT&T and Sprint will no longer share customers' location information with several third-party companies who failed to handle the data appropriately, the Washington Post reports. The move follows an investigation by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) into the commercial relationships... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports that, although bankruptcy judges have in the past refused to consider reducing student loans, some judges are now looking for ways to help people struggling to repay their debt. "Outright cancellations remain rare, but judges... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Politico reports that Joseph Otting, the head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a federal agency is responsible for enforcing fair lending laws, refused to say directly that discrimination exists, during questioning at a House Financial Services... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Courthouse News reports: Education Secretary Betsy Devos need not provide full debt relief to more than 60,000 defrauded students, but she must stop collecting on their loans, a federal judge said in court Monday. Lawyers for a proposed class of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at CL&P Blog
David Lazarus of the LA Times writes today about the possibility that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will cut off public access to its consumer complaint database. The comment period closed this week on the CFPB's request for comment on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Mick Mulvaney has dismissed the members of the agency’s Consumer Advisory Board. The CFPB's Policy Associate Director for External Affairs informed board members of the decision on a conference call Wednesday. The members were told that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports that Mick Mulvaney at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will lift the freeze on the CFPB’s collection of private consumer data, which helps its examiners oversee financial institutions. The full article is here. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at CL&P Blog
In April, payday lenders sued the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over the payday lending regulation -- a rule that provides borrowers with various protections to avoid the cycle of debt too-often associated with payday lending. Yesterday, in a joint filing,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at CL&P Blog
"Salaried managers and assistant managers at the big-box home improvement retailer are being required to enter binding arbitration agreements under the threat of losing their valuable bonuses, according to a copy of the contract obtained by HuffPost.By signing the contract,... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at CL&P Blog
AP reports that a federal court in California has ruled that the Education Department violated privacy laws with regard to students defrauded by the Corinthian for-profit college chain. "In a break with Obama administration policy, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at CL&P Blog
This article from the American Banker discusses Acting Director Mulvaney's intention to re-examine how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau enforces the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, which prohibits discrimination in lending. "Mulvaney's comments suggest the CFPB may make it harder for... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at CL&P Blog
A strong editorial from the New York Times today about the failure of the Department of Education to protect students from predatory colleges and the House of Representative's bill to make the situation worse, here. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at CL&P Blog
In a 5-4 opinion this morning, the Supreme Court continued its string of pro-arbitration decisions. In Epic Systems v. Lewis, the Court held that arbitration agreements that ban collective proceedings do not violate the federal labor laws’ protection of concerted... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Vatican called for "a new regulation of financial activities" in on Thursday a broad and harsh critique of the international financial system that emphasized the need for higher ethical standards since the housing market crash in the last decade.... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Senate today approved a resolution to nullify the Federal Communications Commission's decision to undo the net neutrality rule.The House, however, is not expected to take up the resolution. NPR has the story, here. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports that members of a special team at the Education Department that had been investigating widespread abuses by for-profit colleges have been marginalized, reassigned or instructed to focus on other matters, according to current and former... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at CL&P Blog