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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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Here are recent announcements relating to the work of the Department of Justice's Consumer Protection Branch: January 27, 2015 Peruvian Man Sentenced for Defrauding and Extorting Spanish-Speaking U.S. Residents through Fraudulent Call Centers January 21, 2015 United States Files Enforcement... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at CL&P Blog
Even when names and other personal information have been stripped from big data sets, as few as four pieces of random information may be enough to identify a specific person, according to a study to be published soon in the... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau yesterday proposed changes to its mortgage rules "to facilitate responsible lending by small creditors, particularly in rural and underserved areas," according to the CFPB press release. If finalized, the rule will increase the number of... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at CL&P Blog
From Politico: The White House is preparing to send a sweeping online privacy proposal to Congress that would restrict how companies like Google and Facebook handle consumer data while greatly expanding the power of the Federal Trade Commission to police... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
News outlets have covered the prospect of legislation to weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and undo reforms of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. See, for example, here, here, and here. The new Congress, however, is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports: College students would be protected from dubious credit card, debit card and checking account offers under new recommendations from the Obama administration’s top consumer watchdog. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is considering new guidelines to help... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
"There have been powerful reminders in recent days that the financial system needs more regulatory vigilance, not less. But they come just as Republicans are setting their agenda in Congress, complete with vows to weaken the Dodd-Frank reform law." So... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this week finalized changes to the “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rules. The changes were proposed in October and address (1) when consumers will receive updated disclosures after locking in an interest rate and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Reporter Linda Greenhouse had this op-ed in yesterday's New York Times about issues that have arisen and will remain if the Supreme Court strikes down state bans on gay marriage. She notes a "a pipeline’s worth of cases in which... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission yesterday issued a study on credit report accuracy. The study found that "most consumers who previously reported an unresolved error on one of their three major credit reports believe that at least one piece of disputed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at CL&P Blog
In 2004, Costco bought some Omega watches from a third party in New York and sold them at a discount in its U.S. stores. The watches, otherwise sold only in Europe, had a small globe design on the back, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Reuters has the story. Need a refresher on the Federal Reserve rule at issue? You can read the Fed's June 2011 press release and access the rule here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The latest FTC settlement with a company that was deceiving consumers requires the company and its head "to turn over virtually all of their assets to the agency, and prohibit[s] them from deceiving consumers in any future sales pitches." The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at CL&P Blog
From The Hill: On the heels of President Obama’s call for stronger cybersecurity protections on Monday, Sen. Mark Warner, (D-Va.) called on regulators to force banks to issue chip-and-PIN debit and credit cards to better protect American consumers from data... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports today on churches in Virginia helping members of their congregations avoid payday lenders. The churches provide collateral so that the member can qaulfy for a loan through a church-affiliated credit union. Read Churches step in with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at CL&P Blog
A Pennsylvania appeals court yesterday reversed the sale of a home that was triggered by an unpaid tax bill of $6.30 in 2004, which with interest had increased to $235 by the time the property was sold at auction in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Yesterday, I received an email from the Consumer Protection Branch at the U.S. Department of Justice with links to recent announcements from that office. Here is what DOJ's consumer lawyers were up to in November: November 21, 2014 - United... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at CL&P Blog
In a letter today to the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 15 state attorneys general asked the agency to adopt rules to protect consumers from mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts. "The letter, which was organized by Delaware... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at CL&P Blog
A new study has found that more than half of calls to U.S. poison control centers about energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster are for children younger than 6, some suffering seizures and heart problems. Bloomberg has the story.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at CL&P Blog
A settlement obtained by the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the Florida Attorney General permanently shuts down an Orlando-based operation that bilked seniors by using pre-recorded robocalls to sell them supposedly free medical alert systems. The FTC's press... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Communications Commission has in recent years received several petitions concerning the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Responding to some of them, the FCC last week issued an order confirming that all faxed advertisements must include an opt-out notice. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Last week, the Federal Trade Commission sued Gerber Products Co. in federal district court in New Jersey, alleging that the company deceptively advertised that feeding infants Good Start Gentle formula would prevent or reduce the risk that the babies would... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at CL&P Blog
A study released today reports on class actions that have "helped victims of corporate law-breaking and led to changes in corporate behavior that protect us all from many types of illegal conduct." Prepared by the Center for Justice and Democracy,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced yesterday action against M&T Bank for deceptively advertising free checking accounts. As explained in the CFPB press release: The CFPB found that M&T lured in consumers with promises of “no strings attached” free... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Blogging for The Wall Street Journal, Ed Silverman reported yesterday: In response to recent reports that the cost of some generic drugs has been unexpectedly rising at a rapid clip, two members of Congress have launched an investigation and asked... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at CL&P Blog