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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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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Friday sued the credit repair company Prime Marketing Holdings, LLC, which the CFPB alleges charged consumers a series of illegal advance fees and misrepresented the cost and effectiveness of its services. The CFPB is... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission issued a few press releases last Thursday and Friday that may be of interest: FTC Wins Summary Judgment against Marketers of Supplement That Claimed To Prevent or Reverse Gray Hair (Sept. 23) FTC Action: Court Bans... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post had this report on yesterday's congressional hearing: The CEO of Wells Fargo faced accusations of fraud and calls for his resignation Tuesday from harshly critical senators at a hearing over allegations that bank employees opened millions of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports: Prepaid cards, which started out as simple gift cards from retail stores, have morphed into popular financial-management tools with functions that rival bank checking accounts. Now regulators are playing catch-up, with plans to roll out... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Wells Fargo, the country’s largest retail bank and an institution once thought above the fray of financial crisis era scandals, has been under fire this week after acknowledging it had fired 5,300 employees over the past five years for opening... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has this blog post. The post notes that "over 90 percent of African-American and 72 percent of Latino students leave college with student loan debt, compared to 66 percent of white students and 51 percent... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at CL&P Blog
From the New York Times: Buyout firms are at the forefront of Capitol Hill. They have successfully promoted legislation to roll back regulatory disclosures required under the postcrisis Dodd-Frank legislation, even as they settle cases over misleading investors. If the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced this week three settlements with debt relief and debt collection businesses. First, the FTC announced yesterday a settlement with the owners of a debt relief operation that targeted consumers with outstanding payday loans.The settlement bans... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at CL&P Blog
CNN Money reports: On Thursday, federal regulators said Wells Fargo employees secretly created millions of unauthorized bank and credit card accounts -- without their customers knowing it -- since 2011. ... Wells Fargo confirmed to CNNMoney that it had fired... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at CL&P Blog
As widely reported over the last two weeks, EpiPen, which stops potentially fatal allergic reactions by injecting a precise dose of epinephrine, now costs about $600 for a two-pack, up from roughly $100 when Mylan acquired EpiPen in 2007. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau yesterday released a monthly report of consumer complaints received by the agency, highlighting complaints about bank accounts and services. The report shows that consumers continue to experience problems managing their accounts. The report also highlights... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post and AP report: About 210,000 owners of Volkswagens with 2-liter diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests have registered to settle with the company under the terms of a June court agreement. The figure was revealed in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Ninth Circuit yesterday dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission against AT&T Mobility, in which the FTC asserted that AT&T illegally slows internet data speed to customers with an unlimited data plan. Section 5 of the FTC... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Washington Post Columnist Michelle Singletary recently posted about and answered questions about IRS scams -- like those messages on my home answering machine saying that the IRS is about to initiate a prosecution over fictitious tax debt. Color of Money... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at CL&P Blog
In the wake of the flooding in Louisiana, the Federal Trade Commission has developed a series of blog posts with information for people affected by the floods and people who want to help through charitable donations. These three FTC posts... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced today: A debt collector and his companies will be banned from the debt collection business under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and the Attorney General of the State of New York, which charged... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a report on coordinated community-based efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to elder financial exploitation. According to the CFPB's press release, the "report also found that a strong collaboration among community stakeholders –... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Student Loan Ombudsman released a report last week on consumers complaints of servicing problems that make it difficult to get lower student loan payments tied to their income. Student loan borrowers seeking to take advantage... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau yesterday took action against Wells Fargo Bank for illegal private student loan servicing practices that increased costs and unfairly penalized certain student loan borrowers. The CFPB identified breakdowns throughout Wells Fargo’s servicing process including failing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at CL&P Blog
by Jenny Hyde The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division seek public comment on a proposed update of the Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property, also known as the IP Licensing Guidelines. The IP... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at CL&P Blog
by Jenny Hyde The Federal Trade Commission has sued 1-800 Contacts, the largest online retailer of contact lenses in the United States, alleging that it unlawfully orchestrated and now maintains a web of anticompetitive agreements with rival online contact lens... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau yesterday finalized new measures to ensure that homeowners and struggling borrowers are treated fairly by mortgage servicers. The updated rule requires servicers to provide certain borrowers with foreclosure protections more than once over the life... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at CL&P Blog
National Mortgage News reports: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau added its voice Tuesday to a chorus of other regulators in calling for sustainable foreclosure relief when the Home Affordable Modification Program expires at yearend. The bureau released "guiding principles" for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports that the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Friday told phone companies that they should start providing free technology for their customers to block robocalls and spam texts. Last year, The Hill explains, the FCC told... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Time has this article, reporting that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau "has reshaped the mortgage market and issued hefty penalties. But there is much to be done." Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at CL&P Blog