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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: The Obama administration said Wednesday it will overhaul the loan forgiveness process for students who believe they have been defrauded by their colleges, in light of the collapse of controversial for-profit Corinthian Colleges. Students can apply... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Target Corp has reached an agreement with Visa card issuers to reimburse up to $67 million in costs related to a data breach at Target in 2013. The breach compromised at least 40 million credit cards and may have resulted... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at CL&P Blog
At the New York Times, reporter Adam Liptak writes about the Supreme Court's June decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert and explains why what might have been an unremarkable First Amendment case may have significant consequences for a wide... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Communications Commission announced a $2.96 million fine against Travel Club Marketing, Inc., related companies, and the companies’ owner, for making at least 185 unsolicited robocalls. The calls were prerecorded advertising calls to consumers who had not consented to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced today: The Federal Trade Commission has charged a data broker operation with illegally selling payday loan applicants’ financial information to a scam operation that took millions of dollars from consumers by debiting their bank accounts... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at CL&P Blog
A federal judge on Friday struck down New York City’s Responsible Banking Act, holding the city preempted by state and federal banking laws. The ordinance required deposit banks to disclose information about how the banks serve low-income neighborhoods. Under the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports: The Federal Trade Commission in its 100-year history has never agreed on formal principles for policing companies engaged in “unfair” competition. That looks set to change. Members of the FTC are close to a bipartisan... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday weighed in on the “unsettled” question whether a district court should stay a case or dismiss it, when it grants a motion to compel arbitration. The court held that the case should be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau acted yesterday against Paymap Inc. and LoanCare, LLC for deceiving consumers with advertisements for a mortgage payment program that promised tens of thousands of dollars in interest savings from more frequent mortgage payments. Under the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at CL&P Blog
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 Jul 28, 2015 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 Jul 28, 2015 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 Jul 23, 2015 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 Jul 22, 2015 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 Jul 21, 2015 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 Jul 21, 2015 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 Jul 21, 2015 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 Jul 21, 2015 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