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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 Consumerist has this disturbing story: According to a coalition of consumer-interest organizations, the makers of two “smart” kids toys — the My Friend Cayla doll and the i-Que Intelligent Robot — are allegedly violating laws in the U.S. and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports that Wells Fargo "has sought to kill lawsuits that its customers have filed over the creation of as many as two million sham accounts by moving the cases into private arbitration." The full article is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
Here are recent announcements involving the Consumer Protection Branch of the Department of Justice. November 21, 2016 - Salesman Sentenced in Scheme to Defraud Consumers Through Debt Relief Firms November 14, 2016 - Four California Residents Sentenced in Scheme to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced this week: The Federal Trade Commission has closed the book on a data broker operation that the agency alleges got personal information from people who thought they were applying for payday loans online, and sold... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at CL&P Blog
This month's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) complaint snapshot highlights consumer complaints about financial services such as debt settlement, check cashing, money orders, and credit repair. The report shows that consumer complaints about these types of financial services generally revolve... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at CL&P Blog
A Consumer Financial Protection Bureau' blog post explains: This month marks the fifth anniversary of the CFPB Ombudsman’s Office, an independent, impartial, and confidential resource that assists consumers, financial entities, consumer groups, trade groups, and others in informally resolving process... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing a rule requiring automakers put labels on sun visors of all new vehicles with instructions on how to file safety complaints. The labels would be glued to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, requires EPA to publish by December 19, 2016, a list of chemicals for review. Today, EPA announced the first ten... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at CL&P Blog
In the wake of the Wells Fargo scandal, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a bulletin warning banks that creating incentives for employees and service providers to meet sales and other business goals can lead to consumer harm. "Tying... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Associated Press reports: New York's attorney general says President-elect Donald Trump has agreed to a $25 million settlement to resolve three lawsuits over Trump University, his former school for real estate investors. The deal announced Friday by Attorney General Eric... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced a request for information regarding consumer access to financial records: The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act provides for consumer rights to access financial account and account-related data in usable electronic... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau began accepting mortgage complaints in 2012, it has received more than 12,500 mortgage complaints from servicemembers, veterans, and their families. In a new report, the CFPB reviews and analyzes about 1,800 of those complaints... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission has a new financial readiness website designed for mobile devices to help members of the military community navigate personal financial decisions in light of the unique challenges they face, such as frequent relocations and deployment. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at CL&P Blog
"Obama Officials Work Against Time to Wrap Banking Rules" U.S. officials are striving to put finishing touches on a slew of banking rules before President Barack Obama leaves office and hands regulatory power to Donald Trump who has vowed to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Consumerist reports: A large, nationwide debt-collection operation that allegedly brought in tens of millions of dollars through illegal means — like impersonating law-enforcement officers, or threatening arrest for non-payment — is the target of a joint legal action by the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at CL&P Blog
From The Washington Post today: AT&T's recently announced deal to acquire Time Warner reflects massive changes in media and technology. Although regulators could challenge the acquisition or slap conditions on it that may limit how AT&T can use its new... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a new “Supervisory Highlights,” describing recent supervisory activity in the areas of auto mobile loan origination, automobile loan servicing, debt collection, mortgage origination, mortgage servicing, student loan servicing and fair lending. The reported... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Department of Education today issued new rules to help students get their federal loans erased in cases involving fraud and misconduct by their schools. The rules were prompted in part the closing of Corinthian Colleges amid allegations of fraud.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has released its monthly complaint snapshot, this one highlighting consumer complaints about prepaid products. The report shows that consumers continue to experience issues trying to manage their accounts and access funds. The report also highlights... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports today: Owners of more than 300,000 Hondas have yet to get their air bags repaired, despite warnings from the automaker and regulators that the inflators have an extremely high chance of rupturing and causing injury or... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau yesterday released a report highlighting various market developments that have the potential to produce benefits for consumers. These developments are emerging from FinTech startups and traditional financial institutions, and include new products, services, and trends.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports today: Banking regulators outlined a new set of rules Wednesday aimed at tightening cybersecurity requirements to protect financial markets and customers from online attacks. A proposal from the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports today: More households that don’t have bank accounts are using prepaid cards for basic financial services, such as making purchases, receiving deposits and saving for the future, a government survey found. Among U.S. households that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Earlier this week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Student Loan Ombudsman released a report projecting that "over the next two years, one-in-three rehabilitated student loan borrowers could be driven back into default due to gaps between student loan programs. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Associated Press reports: Saying they want to boost competition in the airline industry, Obama administration officials issued new regulations Tuesday aimed at providing passengers with more information to compare the performance of air carriers and the cost of flights.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at CL&P Blog