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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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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 4 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
Last Friday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published its 2016 Consumer Response Annual Report, available here. The CFPB offered a few key takeaways: The CFPB handled 291,400 consumer complaints in 2016, a 7 percent increase over complaints handled in 2015.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Jeff posted yesterday one of the amicus briefs filed in support of the CFPB in the pending DC Circuit case. The others amicus briefs in support of the CFPB are these: Public Citizen, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, National... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it is mailing 5,232 checks totaling more than $2.7 million to people who lost money to Rincon Debt Management, a debt collection scheme that focused on people who were strapped for cash. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at CL&P Blog
FairWarning reports: Can a used car be marketed as “safe” or “certified” even if it has defective air bags, a faulty ignition switch or other potentially lethal problems? Yes, so long as the used car dealer discloses that the vehicle... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at CL&P Blog
... because who doesn't want their online history collected and sold by internet companies? The New York Times has the story. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at CL&P Blog
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 Mar 23, 2017 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 Mar 22, 2017 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 Mar 22, 2017 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 Mar 17, 2017 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 Mar 16, 2017 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