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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 Washington Post reports that Volkswagen has agreed to pay $10.2 billion to settle a lawsuit brought against it for cheating on U.S. emissions tests. The case stems from the carmaker’s 2015 admission that 11 million vehicles worldwide had cheating... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
NPR reports: Just a week before a Vermont law kicks in requiring labels on food containing genetically modified ingredients, U.S. Senate agriculture leaders announced a deal Thursday that takes the power out of states' hands — and sets a mandatory... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports: Small businesses have been a growing source of revenue for online lenders. Now, federal regulators are exploring whether they should intensify oversight of these loan deals. “These are basically mom-and-pop operations getting, you know, very... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
A new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau supervision report finds that some mortgage servicers continue to use failed technology that has already harmed consumers, putting those companies in violation of the CFPB’s new servicing rules. In its examinations covering numerous mortgage... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
Reuter's reports: Bank of America Corp's Merrill Lynch unit will pay $415 million and admit to wrongdoing to settle charges that it misused customer cash to generate profits and failed to safeguard their securities from creditors, the U.S. Securities and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
Singapore-based mobile advertising company InMobi will pay $950,000 in civil penalties and implement a comprehensive privacy program to settle Federal Trade Commission charges it deceptively tracked the locations of hundreds of millions of consumers – including children – without their... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
In light about discrimination and retaliation at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and concerns about CFPB’s management practices and culture, the Government Accountability Office was asked to review personnel management and organizational culture issues at the CFPB. This week, GAO... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
Courthouse News has this report: Citing a growing housing crisis in Los Angeles, the city attorney has begun targeting landlords who illegally convert their rent-controlled apartment buildings to short-term tourist rentals or hotels. "In a city with a profound shortage... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary has this advice: Just say “no.” That’s the simple reply to a request from a relative or friend to co-sign on a loan. It’s one of my absolute money rules. I will not be linked... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
The defendants behind Vast Tech Support have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission and State of Florida charges that they scammed thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars by selling them bogus technical support services. Under the settlement, Vast... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Democratic staff of the House Financial Services Committee issued a report yesterday on compliance with state payday lending laws. Entitled “Skirting the Law: Five Tactics Payday Lenders Use to Evade State Consumer Protection Laws,” the report finds that state-level... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times applauds the decision and explains why it benefits consumers, here. Politico adds some political perspective, here. The Washington Post explains the net neutrality rule and why it matters, here. Wired reports that AT&T plans to seek... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at CL&P Blog
CNBC reports: Whole Foods was slapped with a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration earlier this month after the FDA found "serious violations" of federal regulations during an inspection of the company's food preparation facility in Massachusetts. FDA... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit just released an opinion rejecting a challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 decision to impose network neutrality rules, which seek to prevent internet service providers from blocking or favoring websites.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission has settled with defendants American Handicapped Inc., American Handicapped and Disadvantaged Workers Inc., and their owner charges that the defendants tricked consumers into buying household products on the false pretext that the proceeds would go to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Bloomberg reports: Online financing platforms aimed at small businesses are drawing new scrutiny from states concerned the largely unregulated industry could cause a new predatory lending crisis. California is soliciting data from the largest lenders as state officials eye a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: Federal education officials are deciding whether to shut down the nation’s biggest accreditor of for-profit colleges over allegations that it overlooked deception by some of its schools. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The rule is a big step forward but has some significant flaws. Here is Public Citizen's press release: An effort calling on the U.S. Department of Education to halt federal funding for predatory schools that deny students’ access to the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at CL&P Blog
NPR reports today: There is a scandal rocking the financial industry — or we should say, a small but important part of that industry: online lending. Lending Club — one of the first companies to directly connect borrowers and investors... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at CL&P Blog
When federal regulators last week took their first ever step to protect consumers who use payday lenders, many experts described the move as a fatal blow to the industry. The payday trade association said “thousands of lenders” would be forced... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Below are recent announcements from the Department of Justice about the work of its Consumer Protection Branch, including work related to mass-marketing fraud schemes, adulterated food, and odometer fraud. Justice Department and Dutch Authorities Announce Simultaneous Enforcement Actions Against International... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Here is a sampling of reaction to the proposed rule on payday pending issued yesterday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. EDITORIAL: A Lame Response to Predatory Loans (The New York Times) The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been promising... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports today: Students who start at four-year, nonprofit colleges only have about a 50-50 chance of graduating, according to a new report released Wednesday. Third Way, a centrist think tank in Washington, studied students with loans at the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Separate from its new proposed rule on payday lending, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today issued a "request for information" concerning potentially high-risk loan products and practices that are not specifically covered by the proposed rule. The request for information... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at CL&P Blog