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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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Still at work, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced today action against credit reporting agency Experian for deceiving consumers about the use of credit scores it sold to consumers. Experian claimed the credit scores it marketed and provided to consumers... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at CL&P Blog
An Urban Institute report issued today on the "American Health Care Act" finds that, "taking both tax reductions and benefit reductions into account, the average high-income family would be significantly better off and the average low-income family would be significantly... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
Consumerist reports that a hacker group claims to unprecedented access to iPhones and is threatening to remotely wipe them clean if Apple doesn’t pay a ransom. Motherboard reports that the group of hackers — known as the Turkish Crime Family... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports: Wells Fargo and its leaders have expressed much contrition about the bank’s misdeeds, which included setting up as many as 2 million bank accounts without customers’ consent. Top executives have surrendered more than $90 million... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at CL&P Blog
In an op-ed in The Hill, former Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) explains: While President Trump has kept the public busy with his latest theories about President Obama’s wire-taps, the “deep state” and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ratings, the Republican Congress has been... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday that the operators of a telemarketing scheme charged with bilking millions of dollars from consumers, many of whom are seniors or military veterans on fixed income, will pay approximately $7.5 million in consumer redress... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports: President Trump will sign an order Wednesday to formally evaluate the Obama administration’s landmark greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars. The action, a top request from the automaker lobby to the new president, is the first step... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Volkswagen has pleaded guilty to three felonies and agreed to pay some fines in connection with its emissions cheating. A few stories on the plea deal are here, here, and here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at CL&P Blog
In connection with the health care legislation moving through the House of representatives, Stat News reports: A little-noticed bill moving through Congress would allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing or risk paying a penalty of thousands of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports: "The Senate is taking a hammer to a pair of Obama-era education rules. Senators voted 50-49 on Thursday to roll back a regulation that placed tougher accountability measures on schools. The rule detailed how public schools must... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced plans to delay the effective date of its prepaid card rule for six months, to April 1, 2018. The CFPB's press release stated: "The CFPB’s prepaid accounts rule will provide strong consumer protections... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Responding to Rep. Chaffetz's statement suggesting that poor people cannot afford health care because they choose to buy iPhones, an op-ed by Stephen in the Washington Post explains that "the real reasons people suffer poverty don't reflect well on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Department of Education announced on Monday that it will delay implementing new rules designed to punish career-training schools that leave students with high levels of debt but weak job prospects. The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) explains: The move... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at CL&P Blog
In January, a company calling itself "Company Doe" filed suit against the CFPB to challenge its constitutionality. The theory of the complaint was that, in light of the DC Circuit's (now vacated) decision in PHH v. CFPB finding the structure... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times, in a story called "How Uber Deceives the Authorities Worldwide," reported on Friday: Uber has for years engaged in a worldwide program to deceive the authorities in markets where its low-cost ride-hailing service was resisted by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Imposter scam complaints surpassed identity theft for the first time as the second most common category of consumer complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network in 2016, according to the agency’s new Data Book. Although debt collection... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has released a report detailing the problems in the credit reporting industry that the CFPB uncovered and corrected through its oversight work. The report identifies significant issues with the quality of the credit information being... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The online publication FairWarning has this story today about OSHA enforcement since January 20: In November, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced fines against businesses with workers who were killed when they were pulled into a wood chipper,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary posts some questions and answers about the Department of Labor's "fiduciary rule." The rule is intended to ensure that financial professionals helping guide your retirement investments act in your best interest. The rule was finalized... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs, sent President Trump yesterday a list of rules it wants delayed, altered or repealed. Prominent among the rules listed are protections for workers and the environment, along with the net neutrality rule and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission and the Maine Office of the Attorney General announced three settlements with dietary supplement marketers who allegedly used radio infomercials deceptively formatted as talk shows and print ads featuring fictitious endorsers to advertise supplements purporting to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports today: Wells Fargo announced Tuesday that it had fired four executives as its board of directors nears completion of its investigations into sham accounts set up by employees to allegedly meet sales quotas. The four executives... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports: President Donald Trump believes the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau makes the agency “unaccountable” to the American people, according to a White House spokesperson, weighing in for the first time in the debate... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Washington Post columnist Christopher Elliott fills us in If you’re an experienced traveler, maybe you know about the Department of Transportation’s 24-hour rule for airline ticket purchases, or EU 261, the European consumer protection regulation for air travelers, or the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports: At a time when many Republicans are urging President Trump to weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal judge has now upheld its authority to issue a subpoena in a housing finance investigation. Judge... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at CL&P Blog