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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 Huffington Post reports today: Facing the prospect of imminent oversight by a newly created government regulator, the much-reviled payday loan industry’s lobbying machine surged into action. The campaign to blunt the power of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau included... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports today on financial companies' use of forced arbitration provisions to eliminate servicemembers' rights. Over the years, Congress has given service members a number of protections — some dating to the Civil War — from repossessions... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Fair Warning reports today on online website selling used cars by matching buyers with car owners. Claiming not to be car "dealers," the sites do not necessarily comply with consumer protection rules that apply to traditional used car dealers. Read... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at CL&P Blog
"Since 2005, student borrowers have been unable to discharge their private student loans through the process of bankruptcy. But that could soon change after a group of [13] senators introduced a bill aimed at addressing the current student debt crisis... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: The Food and Drug Administration is again warning consumers of dangerous weight loss supplements that contain pharmaceutical drugs, including the weight loss drug Meridia, which was pulled from the market in 2010 for safety reasons.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have reauthorized their memorandum of understanding. The memorandum outlines the working relationship between the two agencies and is designed to coordinate efforts to protect consumers and avoid duplication of enforcement and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau yesterday released a report on legal violations it has uncovered. The CFPB "found deceptive student loan debt collection practices, unfair and deceptive overdraft practices, mortgage origination violations, fair lending violations, and mishandled disputes by consumer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Obama this morning signed a memorandum to "clamp down" on student loan servicers, the Boston Herald reports: More than 40 million Americans are in debt thanks to their education, and most of their loans come from Uncle Sam. So President... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
From Consumer Watchdog: Four Senate Democrats have re-introduced a bill that would enable consumers to wield control over how information about them is used by data brokers. The Data Broker Accountability and Transparency Act (S. 668) empowers consumers to stop... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The online publication Kansas City infoZine reports: Attorney General Chris Koster has obtained an agreement with eight online payday loan operations to shut down payday loan operations in Missouri, provide $270,000 in consumer restitution, and erase all loan balances for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports: The chairs of the congressional progressive, Hispanic and Black caucuses are urging financial regulators to crack down on payday loans. In a joint letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Keith... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at CL&P Blog
As we reported last week, the Administration recently released a proposed "Privacy Bill of Rights." Since then, both consumer groups and industry groups have noted their dissatisfaction with the Administration's draft. An article today in the Christian Science Monitor reviews... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at CL&P Blog
In a settlement with the Department of Justice, JP Morgan Chase has agreed to pay more than $50 million to more than 25,000 homeowners through cash payments, mortgage loan credits, and loan forgiveness. The payment will resolve DOJ accusations that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at CL&P Blog
"Following a review of 22 private collection agencies, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that it will wind down contracts with five private collection agencies that were providing inaccurate information to borrowers. The five companies are: Coast Professional, Enterprise... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at CL&P Blog
"Why it's nearly impossible to sue your credit card company" is the title of an article in today's Washington Post about the mandatory arbitration provisions that are now standard in credit card agreements and the Consumer Financial Protection Board's report,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post has a lengthy article today on payday lending by American Indian tribes. With some two-dozen tribes now offering installment and payday loans, Native Americans have found themselves wrestling with the merits of this lifeline. Following the formula... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at CL&P Blog
From the website Main St.: A newly released Harvard study indicates that the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has given Wall Street an advantage over Main Street - the opposite of what was intended. Two researchers at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal's "Pharmalot" reporter Ed Silverman reports on a bill introduced in the California legislature that is aimed at elucidating the mysteries of prescription drug pricing: As the prices of prescription medicines strain budgets, one California lawmaker wants... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at CL&P Blog
From the Bangor Daily News: A federal judge has overturned Maine’s first-in-the-nation law allowing residents to purchase medication by mail from other countries. U.S. Chief District Judge Nancy Torresen’s ruling Monday comes more than a year after several Maine pharmacy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at CL&P Blog
From the New York Times: After two years of imposing increasingly stiff penalties on automakers that overstate their fuel economy ratings, federal regulators on Monday said they would tighten guidelines used in determining the mileage advertised to consumers. Next year,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Chairman Richard Cordray spoke yesterday at a meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General. His remarks are posted here. Chairman Cordray discussed CFPB's efforts to address deceptive marketing, debt traps, "dead ends" (a discussion of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Read Warren: Wall Street using small banks to weaken rules in today's The Hill. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced its annual summary of activity enforcing the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act: Over the past year, the Federal Trade Commission has continued its vigorous work on behalf of U.S. consumers suffering from unlawful debt collection... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released "a report highlighting the top complaints for reverse mortgages. According to the report, consumers are frustrated with their loan terms, servicer runarounds, and foreclosure problems. To help consumers who already have a reverse... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Business groups such as the Chamber of Commerce are pushing the Federal Communications Commission to loosen standards under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act -- the law that bars unwanted telemarketing calls and junk faxes. If the groups are successful, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at CL&P Blog