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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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From Food Safety News: Oregon, Washington and Vermont have filed lawsuits against the makers of the energy drink 5-Hour Energy for making “deceptive” marketing claims. More states are expected to follow. .... The suits take issue with claims about what... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
Several years ago, an attorney named James Bormes paid a case filing fee via pay.gov, which the federal courts use to facilitate electronic payments. He received an email receipt that included both the last four digits of his credit card’s... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
The CFPB’s Consumer Complaint Database is a publicly accessible, online database of consumer financial complaints. It includes anonymous information about the complaints received, including the date of submission, the consumer’s zip code, the relevant company, the product type, the issue... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
In March 2013, the Department of Justice revealed that it was working with banking regulators to prevent fraudsters from accessing consumer bank accounts by choking off their access to electronic payments. DOJ calls the program "Operation Choke Point." See prior... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at CL&P Blog
From the CFPB's news release: Today [July 10], the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took enforcement action against ACE Cash Express, one of the largest payday lenders in the United States, for pushing payday borrowers into a cycle of debt.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at CL&P Blog
From the FTC’s press release: Amazon.com, Inc. has billed parents and other account holders for millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children, according to a Federal Trade Commission complaint filed today [July 10] in federal court. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The June 17 edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) included an article on an “emotional contagion” study conducted for Facebook. For the study, researchers randomly chose more than 680,000 Facebook users and altered their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Arthur Bryant of Public Justice has this post, entitled Access to Justice At Stake with Federal Rules Changes, about "the critical importance of the Federal Rules process" and the importance of fair rules to ensure access to the civil justice... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission yesterday issued a report on the “fundamental lack of transparency” in the data broker industry. The FTC’s press release provides a good summary: The report, “Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability” is the result... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at CL&P Blog
According to the FTC, a Houston-based debt collection company called Goldman Schwartz, Inc., used insults, lies, and false threats of imprisonment to collect on payday loans. Under a settlement announced this week, the company’s owner will surrender his assets, approximately... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at CL&P Blog
From DOT's press announcement: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced that General Motors (GM) has agreed to pay a record $35 million civil penalty and to take part in unprecedented oversight requirements as... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Yesterday, Vermon't governor signed into a law a bill that will require labels on genetically engineered or genetically modified (GMO) foods sold at retail stores Vermont. The law will also prohibit labeling products that contain GMOs as “natural.” The law... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at CL&P Blog
From the FTC’s press release: Two data brokers have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by providing reports about consumers to users such as prospective employers and landlords without taking... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Even aside from concerns about Facebook and privacy, the people who set up this business must truly be, well, jerks .... On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission charged the operators of the website “Jerk.com” with harvesting personal information from Facebook... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at CL&P Blog
By Adina Rosenbaum, Public Citizen This morning, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Northwest v. Ginsberg, holding that the Airline Deregulation Act (ADA) preempts Rabbi S. Binyomin Ginsberg’s claim that Northwest breached the covenant of good faith and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at CL&P Blog
“The Federal Trade Commission has moved to close down a multi-million dollar telemarketing fraud that targeted U.S. seniors across the nation, scamming tens of thousands of consumers,” according to an FTC press release. The defendants used a telemarketing boiler room... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at CL&P Blog
After the collapse of the housing market in 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice and other agencies coordinated enforcement activites to target mortgage fraud schemes. This week, DOJ’s Office of Inspector General released an “Audit Of The Department Of Justice’s... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Last week, Brian noted that DropBox has added a forced arbitration clause with a class-action ban to its terms of use, and observed that the "opt-out" provision was a "public relations gambit," not a serious effort to allow consumers to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at CL&P Blog
March 2-8 is National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW). NCPW is a campaign of a group of non-profit organizations (including AARP and Consumers Union) and federal and state government entities (including the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau),... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The National Center for Access to Justice has released the "Access to Justice Index," an online resource presenting data on the "performance of state-based justice systems in assuring access to justice." Going state by state, the index looks at four... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The Food and Drug Administration announced today that it has issued orders to stop the sale and distribution of four tobacco products currently on the market. The orders are the first time that the FDA has used its authority under... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Fifteen years ago, the Department of Justice sued the major cigarette companies, alleging that the companies conspired to mislead consumers about the risks of tobacco products. The US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled for DOJ, and the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at CL&P Blog
For several years, consumers have brought suit against manufacturers of processed foods (for example, bottled teas, granola bars, and cereals) advertised as “all natural.” In these lawsuits, the consumer alleges that the all-natural claim is false and misleading because the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced today a law enforcement initiative, called “Operation Failed Resolution,” aimed at stopping marketers that use deceptive advertising claims to sell weight-loss products. At the same time, the FTC announced settlements in cases it brought against... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The CFPB’s mortgage servicing rule will take effect on January 10. That same day, the Bureau will host a training for housing counselors, legal aid attorneys, and other advocates on the new rule. The training, called “Protecting homeowners: New tools... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at CL&P Blog