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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 Wall Street Journal reports: A powerful Democratic senator has launched an inquiry into bank misconduct, asking top financial institutions to turn over information about the settlements they have entered into with federal agencies over the past decade. Sherrod Brown... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau yesterday announced an enforcement action against an indirect auto finance company and its auto title lending subsidiary for pressuring borrowers using illegal debt collection tactics. The CFPB found that Westlake Services, LLC and Wilshire Consumer... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
Over two years, a hack of Experian apparently acquired the records of 15 million T-Mobile customers and people who had applied for credit. Experian, the vendor that processes T-Mobile's credit applications. T-Mobile's CEO posted a letter on the company's website... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports: Consumer lending firms that focus on borrowers with weak credit have done surprisingly well in the last few years. Many survived the financial crisis of 2008, the Great Recession, and even went on to post... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports: Payday lenders contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds to nearly a dozen House Republicans over the last four years, according to the report from Allied Progress, a government accountability organization run by Democratic strategist... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Board released today a report outlining widespread servicing failures reported by both federal and private student loan borrowers. According to the CFPB press release: Consumers describe companies using a wide range of sloppy, patchwork practices that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times has an estimate: Unlike the ignition defect in General Motors vehicles that caused at least 124 people to die in car crashes, Volkswagen pollution is harder to link to individual deaths. But it is clear to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Board on Tuesday released its latest monthly consumer complaints snapshot, which highlights mortgage complaints. According to the report, consumers continue to face problems with mortgage servicing, particularly during certain circumstances, such as when they apply for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at CL&P Blog
A discouraging article from the New York Times: Long before Volkswagen admitted to cheating on emissions tests for millions of cars worldwide, the automobile industry, Volkswagen included, had a well-known record of sidestepping regulation and even duping regulators. For decades,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports on a study that found a correlation between generous company stock options for executives and the incidence of serious product recalls of the companies products. The study, “Throwing Caution to the Wind: The Effect of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Several news outlets reported this week on the huge price jump in the cost of a generic drug: Turing Pharmaceuticals increased the cost of the drug Daraprim more than 4n000 percent, from $13.50 a tablet to $750, overnight. See stories... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at CL&P Blog
A Washington Post online story today discusses the Federal Trade Commission's opposition to proposed amendments to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act: By now, Americans are all too familiar with the ways hackers can gain unauthorized entry into their personal accounts... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Monday obtained a preliminary injunction against World Law Group and its senior leaders for running a debt-relief scheme that the CFPB alleged charged consumers exorbitant, illegal upfront fees. The CFPB alleges the debt-relief scheme... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports: The Obama administration on Monday announced a tweak to the federal financial aid program that one official said would help “literally hundreds of thousands” of students each year. Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan will formally announce... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Food and Drug Administration has released rules that will require U.S. food manufacturers to make detailed plans to identify and prevent possible contamination risks in food production facilities. As the Washington Post reports, "[t]he new regulations, which will apply... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced yesterday: Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against the nation’s two largest debt buyers and collectors for using deceptive tactics to collect bad debts. The Bureau found that Encore Capital Group... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Below are recent announcements about the work of the Department of Justice Consumer Protection Branch: September 3, 2015 - Genzyme Corporation to Pay $32.5 Million to Resolve Criminal Liability Relating to Seprafilm August 27, 2015 - Peruvian Man Charged with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at CL&P Blog
A California-based online entertainment network has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it engaged in deceptive advertising by paying “influencers” to post YouTube videos endorsing Microsoft’s Xbox One system and several games. The influencers paid by Machinima, Inc.,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission has conducted a survey, following up on a December 2012 survey, examining what information children’s app developers are collecting from users, whom they are sharing it with, and what disclosures they are providing to parents about... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Hill Reports that Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) are pressuring automaker Fiat Chrysler to support a bill that would ban car rental companies from distributing recalled vehicles. Fiat Chrysler was recently fined $105 million by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at CL&P Blog
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