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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 judge rejected a motion for a broad protective order but issued a narrower one. Reuters reports: A federal judge overseeing litigation over multiple General Motors recalls last year will allow plaintiffs' lawyers to share some nonconfidential material gathered during... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced: Medicare Card Scheme Took Money from Seniors’ Bank Accounts A group of scammers who falsely promised consumers new Medicare cards in order to obtain their bank account numbers and debit their accounts will be banned... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal explains: Time and again, consumer ads claim a medicine is the number one drug prescribed by physicians. Putting aside the question of whether such boasting is actually true, what remains unclear is the extent to which... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's press release: Discover’s Illegal Servicing Practices Affected Private Student Loan Borrowers Transferred from Citibank Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against Discover Bank and its affiliates for illegal private student loan... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at CL&P Blog
We posted earlier today on the final rule issued today by the Department of Defense to protect service members from predatory lending. See here and here. The final rule is here. The DoD statement is here. The Consumer Financial Protection... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
Public Citizen is also speaking today about the fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Act: On the fifth anniversary of the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, key provisions of the law still have not been... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports today: President Obama on Tuesday will unveil new rules designed to protect service members and their families from predatory lenders. In his speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Pittsburgh, the president will detail how... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
The fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act prompted several articles today. Here here are few. 5 Numbers To Know As Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Celebrates Its 5th Birthday From Think Progress: Tuesday marks the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act turns five years old this week. The Wall Street Journal interviewed the Act's sponsors, former Sen. Chris Dodd and former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, about the law. Excerpts are here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times weighs in on pending amendments to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act: A bill passed by the House and ostensibly designed to streamline the Food and Drug Administration is loaded with bad provisions and may not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports: The Treasury Department has begun a study of online marketplace lenders, as the federal government looks to determine whether regulations are keeping up with the rapidly growing industry. As many traditional banks have retreated from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The blog Credit Slips reports today: Yesterday, Judge Amy Totenberg of the Northern District of Georgia issued a very cogent 70-page opinion in the case of the CFPB v. Frederick Hanna & Associates, a large collection law firm with offices... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports today that bankers and housing advocates are teaming up in effort to ease mortgage access for borrowers with weaker credit. A rare coalition of mortgage lenders and left-leaning consumer advocates are calling on the Obama... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has returned more than $10 billion to consumers who were scammed since the watchdog agency opened its doors four years ago. CFPB Director Richard Cordray revealed the results of the relief... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Bloomberg reports: Millions of people search online for information about symptoms and prescription drugs. Patterns in their searches might reveal previously unknown side effects of medications. The Food and Drug Administration is talking to Google about how the search engine... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at CL&P Blog
In October, the Supreme Court will hear a case called Spokeo v. Robins, which poses the question, as formulated by the defendant company, "whether Congress may confer Article III standing upon a plaintiff who suffers no concrete harm, and who... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Politico has this story about implementation -- or lack thereof -- of the 2010 Food Safety Modernization Act. Here is the gist of it: On paper, the law that Congress passed in late 2010 — known as the Food Safety... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Deciding a case under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Third Circuit held this week that debt collectors bear the burden of proving that their contacts with third parties fall under an exception to a ban on such contact... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Department of Justice yesterday resolved an action with American Honda Finance Corporation concerning discretionary auto loan pricing and compensation practices. The CFPB explains: "Honda’s past practices resulted in thousands of African-American, Hispanic, and Asian... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at CL&P Blog
On June 18, the FCC announced adoption of a set of a set of rules to resolve questions about the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. See our summary here. Last Friday, the FCC issued the declaratory ruling. The TCPA Blog has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission has had a busy week. Yesterday, the FTC announced that it had stopped a "massive payday loan fraud scheme." The operators of a payday lending scheme that allegedly bilked millions of dollars from consumers by trapping... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission has announced: The marketers of a dietary supplement called Procera AVH will relinquish $1.4 million under settlements resolving Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceived consumers with claims that the supplement was clinically proven to significantly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Examiner reports: Voters overwhelmingly say they want stronger regulations for banks and less Wall Street influence in Washington even as the financial crisis recedes into the past, according to a new poll released Tuesday by advocates of tougher... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at CL&P Blog
From the CFPB press release: Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Attorneys General in 47 states and the District of Columbia took action against JPMorgan Chase for selling bad credit card debt and illegally robo-signing court documents. The CFPB... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today put out a report about problems with student loan servicing in the military. Among the problems identified: • Military deferments are denied without adequate explanation, applied in a haphazard way, and, in some cases,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at CL&P Blog