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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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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 2 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
Federal consumer watchdog plays down changes to its student protection unit From the Washington Post: A federal consumer watchdog Thursday played down controversial plans to fold the student arm of the agency into another office, following the leak of a... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at CL&P Blog
American Banker reports that the "White House is dragging out the nomination of a permanent director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to ensure that acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney calls the shots at the agency until the end of... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Eight of the 10 financial institutions that are the subjects of the most complaints in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau public database contributed to acting Director Mick Mulvaney while he was in Congress, according to an analysis published today by... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports: "Wells Fargo said Friday it reached a $480 million preliminary settlement agreement in a securities fraud class-action suit. The settlement comes at a difficult time for Wells Fargo, which is dealing with multiple investigations and... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration today jointly issued 13 warning letters to manufacturers, distributors, and retailers for selling e-liquids used in e-cigarettes with labeling and/or advertising that resemble kid-friendly food products, such as juice boxes,... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at CL&P Blog
In addition to taking the case that Brian blogged about below, the Supreme Court this morning granted a petition in Lamps Plus Inc. v. Varella, which raises the question presented: Whether the Federal Arbitration Act forecloses a state-law interpretation of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Ars Technica blog reports that "Verizon is forcing users of Yahoo services to waive their class-action rights and agree to resolve disputes through arbitration. Yahoo users who don't agree to the new terms will be cut off from the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports that the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has floated the idea of not enforcing lending rules for poor people based on the location of a bank’s physical branches. People familiar with the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission has charged the LendingClub Corporation with falsely promising consumers that they would receive a loan with “no hidden fees,” when, in actuality, the company deducted hundreds or even thousands of dollars in hidden up-front fees from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency have fined Wells Fargo $1 billion for forcing customers into car insurance and charging mortgage borrowers unfair fees. CNN Money has the story, here. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a Request for Information (RFI) on its consumer complaint database and handling of consumer complaints submitted to it: The Bureau is seeking comments and information from interested parties to assist the Bureau in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Earlier this week, a payday pending group, the Community Financial Services Association of America, sued the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to challenge the payday lending rule issued last fall. The complaint also claims that the CFPB's structure is unconstitutional. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Mick Mulvaney, the director of Office of Management and Budget whom President Donald Trump’s has running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sinxe CFPB director Richard Cordray stepped down, has given big pay raises to the deputies he has hired to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at CL&P Blog
From Kenosha News (WI), "Group rallies against high-interest lending practices in Kenosha, state" (March 27), here. From Akron Beacon Journal /, "Editorial: Real regulation for payday lenders" (March 26), here. From Wall Street Journal, "Florida Gives Payday Lenders a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at CL&P Blog
In today's New York Times, two lawyers from the large corporate law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison argue for repeal of the law that immunizes gun manufacturers from liability and explain the importance of law allowing individuals to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Reuters reports: "The top cop for U.S. consumer finance has decided not to sue a payday loan collector and is weighing whether to drop cases against three payday lenders, said five people with direct knowledge of the matter." The full... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Today, the Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a joint report on their 2017 activities to combat illegal debt collection practices. The annual report to Congress on the administration of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act details... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at CL&P Blog
A bipartisan group of House members on Wednesday released a bill that would replace the director of the controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with a five-person commission. The bill would also rename the CFPB the Financial Product Safety Commission. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at CL&P Blog
"Buried within Senate legislation to roll back restraints on banks is a provision that would exempt an estimated 85 percent of US banks and credit unions from public reporting requirements, raising fears that discriminatory practices by lenders could go undetected.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The ACLU recently released a report on the criminalization of private debt: An estimated 77 million Americans—one in three adults—have a debt that has been turned over to a private collection agency. Thousands of these debtors are arrested and jailed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at CL&P Blog