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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 Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs, sent President Trump yesterday a list of rules it wants delayed, altered or repealed. Prominent among the rules listed are protections for workers and the environment, along with the net neutrality rule and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission and the Maine Office of the Attorney General announced three settlements with dietary supplement marketers who allegedly used radio infomercials deceptively formatted as talk shows and print ads featuring fictitious endorsers to advertise supplements purporting to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports today: Wells Fargo announced Tuesday that it had fired four executives as its board of directors nears completion of its investigations into sham accounts set up by employees to allegedly meet sales quotas. The four executives... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports: President Donald Trump believes the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau makes the agency “unaccountable” to the American people, according to a White House spokesperson, weighing in for the first time in the debate... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at CL&P Blog
Washington Post columnist Christopher Elliott fills us in If you’re an experienced traveler, maybe you know about the Department of Transportation’s 24-hour rule for airline ticket purchases, or EU 261, the European consumer protection regulation for air travelers, or the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports: At a time when many Republicans are urging President Trump to weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal judge has now upheld its authority to issue a subpoena in a housing finance investigation. Judge... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Caitlin Cattelino of Defenders of Wildlife writes that "[t]he first month of the Trump administration has ushered in a new era of uncertainty for the future of our nation’s treasured public lands, unique biodiversity, and conservation values. And with the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The DC Circuit today granted the CFPB’s petition for rehearing en banc of the decision holding its structure unconstitutional. The court vacated the October 2016 decision (see Brian's October post here) and set a quick briefing schedule, with the petitioner's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at CL&P Blog
"Senate Democrats on Tuesday enlisted Janet L. Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, as an expert witness against Republican plans to roll back postcrisis financial regulations. In testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, Ms. Yellen said repeatedly that the new safeguards... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports today: President Donald Trump's vow to roll back government regulations at least 75 percent is causing anxiety for some pharmaceutical executives that a less robust Food and Drug Administration would make it harder to secure... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: A federal class-action lawsuit alleges that JPMorgan Chase plotted to bilk D.C. jurors of money by forcing them to receive jury service payments on Chase debit cards that come with fees attached. The suit, filed Tuesday... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at CL&P Blog
FairWarning reports that "Tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds, the top seller of the menthol cigarettes favored by most black smokers, is seizing on the hot button issue of police harassment of blacks to counter efforts by public health advocates to restrict... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at CL&P Blog
February 2, 2017 - New York Salesman Sentenced to Prison for Fraudulently Selling Vending Machine Businesses February 1, 2017 - United States Files Enforcement Action Against Florida Company and Senior Managers to Stop the Adulteration and Misbranding of Medicated Animal... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Federal Trade Commission announced today that Jessica Rich, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, is leaving the agency on February 17, after 26 years of service. The press release is here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at CL&P Blog
In the New York Times today, Paul Krugman discusses the "fiduciary rule" that the President last week ordered the Department of Labor to "reconsider." Last week Mr. Trump released a memorandum calling on the Department of Labor to reconsider its... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Last week, 17 state attorneys general, two congresspeople, and several consumer-advocacy organizations moved to intervene in PHH v. CFPB, pending in the DC Circuit. The motions each sought to intervene to support (and if the agency stopped defending the case... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal contemplates whether the CFPB is subject to the slew of recent executive orders: A memo issued Jan. 20—Inauguration Day—ordered “executive departments and agencies” to temporarily suspend filing new regulations and delay the implementation of pending rules... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Among the flood of Executive Orders over the past 8 days, and the uproar of the refugee ban, one important EO has not gotten much attention. Yesterday, Mr. Trump signed an order requiring agencies to repeal 2 regulations for every... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau yesterday took action "against a ring of law firms and attorneys who collaborated to charge illegal fees to consumers seeking debt relief. In a complaint filed in federal court, the CFPB alleges that Howard Law,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Florida, the operators of an alleged student debt relief and credit repair scam will be banned from those lines of business. The stipulated final order resolves charges the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission has released Cross-Device Tracking: An FTC Staff Report that describes the technology used to track consumers across multiple Internet-connected devices, the benefits and challenges associated with it, and industry efforts to address those challenges. The report... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at CL&P Blog
In addition to intervention in the suit mentioned by Jeff (below), 6 state attorneys general today moved to intervene in a federal district court case against the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), an accreditor of for-profit colleges.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is still at work. Yesterday, the CFPB took separate actions against CitiFinancial Servicing and CitiMortgage, Inc. "for giving the runaround to struggling homeowners seeking options to save their homes. The mortgage servicers kept borrowers in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at CL&P Blog
On Friday, the Third Circuit issued a decision in In re Horizon Healthcare Services Inc. Data Breach Litigation. In that case, the plaintiffs sued after two laptops, containing sensitive personal information about them and others, were stolen from health insurer... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at CL&P Blog
On Friday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, deciding an issue of first impression in the federal courts of appeals, held that a prospective employer violates the Fair Credit Reporting Act by providing a job applicant with a disclosure that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at CL&P Blog