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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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From the FTC’s press release: Two data brokers have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by providing reports about consumers to users such as prospective employers and landlords without taking... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Even aside from concerns about Facebook and privacy, the people who set up this business must truly be, well, jerks .... On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission charged the operators of the website “” with harvesting personal information from Facebook... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at CL&P Blog
By Adina Rosenbaum, Public Citizen This morning, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Northwest v. Ginsberg, holding that the Airline Deregulation Act (ADA) preempts Rabbi S. Binyomin Ginsberg’s claim that Northwest breached the covenant of good faith and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at CL&P Blog
“The Federal Trade Commission has moved to close down a multi-million dollar telemarketing fraud that targeted U.S. seniors across the nation, scamming tens of thousands of consumers,” according to an FTC press release. The defendants used a telemarketing boiler room... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at CL&P Blog
After the collapse of the housing market in 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice and other agencies coordinated enforcement activites to target mortgage fraud schemes. This week, DOJ’s Office of Inspector General released an “Audit Of The Department Of Justice’s... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Last week, Brian noted that DropBox has added a forced arbitration clause with a class-action ban to its terms of use, and observed that the "opt-out" provision was a "public relations gambit," not a serious effort to allow consumers to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at CL&P Blog
March 2-8 is National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW). NCPW is a campaign of a group of non-profit organizations (including AARP and Consumers Union) and federal and state government entities (including the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau),... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The National Center for Access to Justice has released the "Access to Justice Index," an online resource presenting data on the "performance of state-based justice systems in assuring access to justice." Going state by state, the index looks at four... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The Food and Drug Administration announced today that it has issued orders to stop the sale and distribution of four tobacco products currently on the market. The orders are the first time that the FDA has used its authority under... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Fifteen years ago, the Department of Justice sued the major cigarette companies, alleging that the companies conspired to mislead consumers about the risks of tobacco products. The US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled for DOJ, and the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at CL&P Blog
For several years, consumers have brought suit against manufacturers of processed foods (for example, bottled teas, granola bars, and cereals) advertised as “all natural.” In these lawsuits, the consumer alleges that the all-natural claim is false and misleading because the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced today a law enforcement initiative, called “Operation Failed Resolution,” aimed at stopping marketers that use deceptive advertising claims to sell weight-loss products. At the same time, the FTC announced settlements in cases it brought against... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The CFPB’s mortgage servicing rule will take effect on January 10. That same day, the Bureau will host a training for housing counselors, legal aid attorneys, and other advocates on the new rule. The training, called “Protecting homeowners: New tools... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The CFPB, 49 states, and the District of Columbia have entered into an agreement with Ocwen Financial Corp. the largest nonbank mortgage servicer in the country, that requires Ocwen to provide more than $2 billion in relief to homeowners. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at CL&P Blog
The LA Times reports: The city of Los Angeles accused banking giants Wells Fargo & Co. and Citigroup Inc. of a “continuous pattern and practice” of mortgage discrimination that led to a wave of foreclosures, reduced property tax revenue and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at CL&P Blog
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit yesterday held that the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) does not preempt Indiana’s state robocall ban. The TCPA regulates various telemarketing behavior and regulates the use of autodialers. The federal... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at CL&P Blog
Big news with implications for many aspects of the law. The changes eliminate filibusters on most nominees, but preserve the filibuster for Supreme Court picks and legislation. Politico has the story. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at CL&P Blog
The CFPB yesterday announced an enforcement action against payday lender Cash America International Inc. According to the CFPB's press release, Cash America will pay up to $14 million in refunds to consumers for robo-signing court documents in debt collection lawsuits,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at CL&P Blog
Linda Greenhouse had this interesting piece in the New York Times yesterday, about Chief Justice Roberts's "invitation" to cases challenging cy pres awards, as she describes the Chief Justice's statement (at p. 24 of the pdf) last week concerning the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at CL&P Blog
In June 2011, the Supreme Court decertified a class action brought by women claiming that Wal-Mart underpaid and underpromoted its female employees throughout the chain. The Court's decision in the case, called Wal-Mart v. Dukes, was predicted to have significant... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has subpoenaed documents from eBay relating to its "Bill Me Later" financing service, which allows financing of purchases from many online stores, apparently over concerns that the finance charges imposed by "Bill Me Later" are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at CL&P Blog
In a recent analysis of complaints submitted to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about financial services, the consulting firm Deloitte found that mortgage-related issues are the basis for most of the 94,000 complaints posted so far and that customer misunderstanding... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at CL&P Blog
Pharmalot has an interesting story this afternoon about the effect of including warnings in advertisements for products like drugs and cigarettes. The study found that, shortly after the ads run, consumers who see an ad with warnings are less likely... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at CL&P Blog
Consumers’ ability to address and seek redress for deceptive practices through private litigation is threatened by a recent decision of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. In Carrera v. Bayer (like the FTC case discussed in the post below, a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2013 at CL&P Blog
The FTC reported yesterday 7,979 checks averaging $27.42 each to consumers who bought "Wal-Born" dietary supplements sold by the pharmacy chain Walgreens are now being mailed. The FTC’s press release explains: In 2010, Walgreens settled FTC charges that it deceptively... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2013 at CL&P Blog