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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 today filed two complaints and proposed final judgments in federal court against four California-based credit repair companies and three individuals for misleading consumers and charging illegal fees. The CFPB alleges that the... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at CL&P Blog
Each year, roughly three dozen children die of heatstroke in unattended vehicles. Yesterday, three congressmen and a coalition of safety groups announced proposed legislation to require alerts in cars as a reminder that there may still be a child in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at CL&P Blog
American Banker reports: The House Financial Services Committee is threatening to file contempt charges against Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray for allegedly lying about the bureau's investigation into the Wells Fargo scandal. In a 15-page report released Tuesday... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau explains in this blog post. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced today that, in a case filed by it and the Florida Office of the Attorney General, a federal district court judge has entered eight orders against an intertwined web of Orlando-based individuals and companies that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Politico reports today that the Department of Education is considering delaying two rules that are scheduled to go into effect on July 1 -- the borrower defense rule, which concerns student loans, and the gainful employment rules, which cuts off... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Hundreds of illegal loans made to Massachusetts consumers by an unlicensed online auto title lender are now void pursuant to a judgment announced today by the Massachusetts Attorney General's office. The company has also been permanently barred from operating in... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Consumerist has this article on recent and proposed changes to the Department of Education's student-loan program. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The FTC reports: At the request of the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Florida, a federal court has temporarily halted a massive phony debt relief operation that bilked tens of millions of dollars from financially strapped consumers, including... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at CL&P Blog
On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear argument in a case challenging the constitutionality of the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The question is whether the provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at CL&P Blog
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
Posted May 22, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Posted May 22, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Posted May 18, 2017 at CL&P Blog
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 May 17, 2017 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 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