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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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By guest blogger Jessica Ranucci New York state officials announced today that a student loan debt relief provider is shutting down operations after an investigation by the state’s Student Protection Unit. The company, Inveractiv Edcuation, advertised that it could lower... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
The Food and Drug Administration has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking "seeking comments, data, research, and/or other information related to nicotine exposure warnings and child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine, nicotine-containing e-liquid(s), and potentially for other tobacco products including,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
The LA Times reports: A federal appeals court Tuesday let stand a 2013 lower court ruling that concluded Apple conspired with several top book publishers to raise e-book prices. The Justice Department had accused Apple of unfairly taking control of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced today: The Federal Trade Commission is mailing almost 95,000 checks totaling approximately $4 million to consumers who lost money to a debt collection operation that extorted payments from them using false threats. In May 2014,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
The USDA just released a final rule that permits importing beef from Northern Argentina and parts of Brazil. Limitations on beef imports from these regions have been in place for decades as a safety measure designed to stop spread of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
By guest blogger Katie Coulson On June 15, we blogged about PayPal's new user agreement. The new agreement includes expansive language giving PayPal the right to send autodialed or prerecorded calls on any subject to any phone number associated with... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
By guest blogger Jessica Ranucci Faulty ignition switches in certain General Motors vehicles are linked to over one hundred deaths. This defect has spurred a recall of more than nine million GM vehicles since February 2014. The National Highway Traffic... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
The National Journal reports: The FDA last week told manufacturers to get rid of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from processed foods, the primary source of artificial trans fats linked to heart disease. But as a replacement, manufacturers are likely to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at CL&P Blog
Since June 2012, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has posted individual-level complaint data on its website. Yesterday, the CFPB began posting the consumer narratives that underlie that data. The database and the narratives are available here. The CFPB's press announcement... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at CL&P Blog
As the AP reports (via Huffington Post): A federal court has ruled in favor of tough new regulations aimed at career training programs, dealing a major blow to the for-profit college industry. In an opinion released Tuesday, the U.S. District... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Department of Justice this week charged a payday lender with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, and mail fraud, and aiding and abetting mail fraud. Although... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Electronic Privacy Information Center, a privacy rights group, complained to the Federal Trade Commission on Monday about a new Uber new policy that gives it the right to track users when they are not currently using the Uber app.The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has released its latest supervision report outlining the illegal practices uncovered by the CFPB in the first four months of 2015. It found problems with • dual-tracking at mortgage servicers that could mislead consumers to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at CL&P Blog
David Savage at the LA Times has this article quickly summarizing the big Supreme Court cases still pending this Term, as well as those recently decided. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Interpreting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday issued a ruling addressing robocalls made to cell phones. The FCC's ruling provide: • Service providers can offer robocall-blocking technologies to consumers and implement market-based solutions that consumers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports today: Major upgrades are coming to a federal aid program that helps low-income Americans connect to basic communications services. The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to consider how to allow eligible Americans to purchase Internet access... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Alleging that auto loan company Security National Automotive Acceptance Company misled servicemembers about the consequences of nonpayment, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau yesterday filed suit against the company in federal court in Ohio. The CFPB alleges that the company used... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine AT&T Mobility $100,000,000 for misleading its customers about unlimited mobile data plans. The FCC’s investigation alleges that AT&T severely slowed down the data speeds for customers with unlimited data plans and that the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports today: [I]n an effort to get a fuller understanding of side effects of certain medicines, the FDA is partnering with a networking forum called PatientsLikeMe, which allows people with the same disease or condition to connect... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at CL&P Blog
A New York Times editorial yesterday encouraged that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau use its enforcement powers to put an end to abusive car loans. The editorial begins: Auto loans have long been a bastion of predatory lending and racial... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Communications Commission has warned PayPal that PayPal's new terms of service might violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Under the new terms, which go into effect in July, PayPal customers would be deemed to have consented to receiving... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports: Health groups are petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban eight synthetic flavors in food that are known carcinogens. The petition, led by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), said the flavors, which have been... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published a rule allowing the agency to supervise larger nonbank auto finance companies. The CFPB press release is here. The rule is here. The CFPB also released the examination procedures that examiners will use... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The agencies' joint press release explains: Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act) required the Federal Reserve Board, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission yesterday issued its Annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The report discusses the FTC's enforcement-related activities regarding Regulation Z (Truth in Lending Act), Regulation M (Consumer Leasing Act), and Regulation E... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog