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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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Mother Jones reports; Earlier this year, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon said the Trump administration will be fighting regulations at every turn through "the deconstruction of the administrative state." The Regulatory Accountability Act, dubbed the "License to Kill bill"... Continue reading
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a report yesterday analyzing student loan industry data. The report shows that 9 in 10 of the highest-risk borrowers were not enrolled in federal affordable repayment plans. The analysis looks at hundreds of thousands... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at CL&P Blog
In October 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a rule requiring greater disclosures for and imposing overdraft limits on prepaid cards, which are frequently used in place of paychecks by people without bank accounts. The timing made the rule... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports: The U.S. government's review of a landmark 2010 financial reform law will not be complete by early June as originally targeted, and officials will now report findings piece-by-piece, with priority given to banking regulations, sources... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Yesterday on HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Oliver explained net neutrality and encouraged people to urge the FCC not to undo the 2016 rule by visiting www.gofccyourself.com. The site takes a minute or so to open, so be... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Consumer Reports announced today that Jessica Rich, former director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, has joined the organization as Vice President of Consumer Policy and Mobilization. Consumer Reports' press release is here. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: Republicans who eagerly awaited a GOP president so they could take a heavy knife to many of the regulatory requirements for banks, insurers and other financial institutions finally get their chance. The House Financial Services Committee,... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today filed suit against four online lenders – Golden Valley Lending, Inc., Silver Cloud Financial, Inc., Mountain Summit Financial, Inc., and Majestic Lake Financial, Inc. – for deceiving consumers by collecting debt they were not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Communications Commission has begun the process to rollback net neutrality regulations. NPR has the story. For the perspective of the inventor if the World Wide Web, Consumerist has this article. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released today a monthly complaint report highlighting consumer complaints about student loans. The report shows that both private and federal student loan borrowers nationwide report persistent servicing breakdowns that may sideline their path to repayment.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Washington Post columnist MIchelle Singletary warns: "If you use a prepaid card — and millions of you do — take heed, because there’s an effort in Congress to block new rules that would give you the kind of federal protections... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: Eager not to be the next Wells Fargo, some other big banks say they are examining their own practices against the board report and actively looking for ways to avoid any sales issues before becoming engulfed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at CL&P Blog
In 2016, the CFPB issued a rule addressing prepaid cards, which are cards that work like debit cards but are not associated with a bank account. Prepaid cards include but are not limited to what we think of as gift... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at CL&P Blog
This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a lawsuit in a federal district court against the debt collection law firm Weltman, Weinberg & Reis for falsely representing in millions of collection letters sent to consumers that attorneys were involved... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports: Low-income people and older Americans would find it more difficult to win lawsuits for injuries caused by medical malpractice or defective drugs or medical devices under a bill drafted by House Republicans as part of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity is charged by statute with “providing oversight and enforcement of Federal laws intended to ensure the fair, equitable, and nondiscriminatory access to credit for both individuals and communities.”... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau yesterday issued a proposal to facilitate compliance with the 2015 updates to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) rule. The proposed changes would help financial institutions comply with the 2015 HMDA Final Rule by clarifying... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at CL&P Blog
From a New York Times op-ed today: When you bite into a piece of fruit, it should be a mindless pleasure. Sure, that steroidal-looking strawberry with a toothpaste-white interior doesn’t seem right to begin with. But you shouldn’t have to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday withdrew a series of policy memos issued by the Obama administration to strengthen consumer protections for student loan borrowers. The Education Department is in the middle of issuing new... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at CL&P Blog
An op-ed on the Washington Post's website today uses the United Airlines incident as a starting point to discuss lack of consumer choice in today's world. We are told that this is the era of the empowered consumer: The savvy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at CL&P Blog
A New York Times editorial today argues that revoking bonuses from two former Wells Fargo executives "is not enough to punish their misconduct, deter wrongdoing by others and restore trust in the bank — or in the rule of law... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports: Wells Fargo’s board said on Monday that it would claw back an additional $75 million in compensation from the two executives on whom it pinned most of the blame for the company’s sales scandal: the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at CL&P Blog
March 23, 2017 – New York Salesman Sentenced to Prison for Fraudulently Selling Vending Machine Businesses March 22, 2017 – South Florida Man Pleads Guilty To Mail Fraud In Connection With Jamaican-Based Fraudulent Lottery Scheme March 22, 2017 – Owner... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at CL&P Blog