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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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According to the Federal Trade Commission, federal courts in New York and Georgia, acting on an FTC motion, have temporarily halted three debt collection operations that the FTC alleges have violated federal law by threatening and deceiving consumers via text... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
Credit reporting agencies Experian, Equifax and TransUnion have agreed to pay $6 million to resolve an investigation by the attorney generals of 31 states into customer disputes over errors in their credit reports, fraud and identity theft. The three companies... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports that two senators are calling on Attorney General Loretta Lynch to take action against companies selling illegal drugs masquerading as dietary supplements. In a joint letter to Lynch on Tuesday, Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Martin Heinrich... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
In 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court decided a case called Ashcroft v. Iqbal. The issue before the Court was the adequacy of the complaint filed in the case, and the Court held that the case should be dismissed, prior to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is collecting information about problems experienced with student loan servicing. According to the CFPB's blog: Over 40 million Americans are repaying more than $1.2 trillion in outstanding student loan debt. Significant debt can have a... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The California Supreme Court has revived a series of antitrust suits against drug manufacturers Bayer and Barr Laboratories. The cases stem from an agreement between brand-name manufacturer Bayer and generic manufacturer Barr, under which Bayer agreed to pay Barr $398.1... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Ruling in a case brought by the nation’s largest flight attendant union, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled on Friday that the Federal Aviation Administration acted within its authority when it decided, in 2013, to allow... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion on Friday holding that private attorneys under contract with the Ohio attorney general’s office to collect debts owed to the state improperly used the office’s letterhead to scare debtors into paying.... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at CL&P Blog
In a lawsuit filed today against the Food and Drug Administration, the drug manufacturer Amarin Pharma claims that the FDA's bar on drug companies marketing their products for uses that have not been approved by the FDA violates the company's... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports today that the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (part of the U.S. Department of Transportation) is promising aggressive action on vehicle recalls that move too slowly and continue to endanger lives. "Mr.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today issued its third Snapshot of Complaints Received from Servicemembers, Veterans and their Families. The report details the data and trends from consumer complaints received by the CFPB from members of the military and their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at CL&P Blog
"It's Time to Regulate E-Cigarettes" is the title of an op-ed in today's New York Times by former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids President Matt Myers. Noting that "youth e-cigarette use tripled in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at CL&P Blog
From the Federal Trade Commission's press release: A national mortgage servicing company will pay $63 million to resolve Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau charges that it harmed homeowners with illegal loan servicing and debt collection practices. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Senators Feinstein (D-CA) and Collins (R-ME) have introduced a bill entitled Personal Care Products Safety Act, which would gives the FDA significantly more authority over cosmetics and personal care products, including the authority to order recalls of dangerous products. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it will host a workshop "to examine competition, consumer protection, and economic issues raised by the proliferation of online and mobile peer-to peer business platforms in certain sectors of the economy, often referred... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Huffington Post yesterday published a lengthy article about regulation -- or lack thereof -- of food additives by the Food and Drug Administration. The bottom line: Critics of the system say the biggest concern, however, is that companies regularly introduce... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Navajo Nation yesterday filed suit to shut down a tax-refund scam that allegedly preyed on tribe members in New Mexico by prodding them into high-cost tax-refund-anticipation loans. Consumerist has the story. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Below are recent announcements from the Department of Justice's Consumer Protection Branch. April 13, 2015 Quality Egg, Company Owner and Top Executive Sentenced in Connection with Distribution of Adulterated Eggs April 13, 2015 California Man Sentenced to Prison for Odometer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at CL&P Blog
AP, via The Washington Post, reports that President Obama is threatening to veto two bills that, he says, would undermine the Dodd-Frank financial reforms. "One of the bills would exempt some borrowing fees from an existing law aimed at protecting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times today has an editorial on regulation of dietary supplements and industry capture of the agency. The editorial begins: The Food and Drug Administration’s lethargic regulation of dietary supplements containing a dangerous stimulant described in recent reports... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The California Department of Business Oversight announced this week that it has launched an initiative with Bing, Yahoo and Google to halt advertising by unlicensed payday lenders. When the DBO identifies unlicensed online payday lenders, it issues cease and desist... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The FTC's press release explains: The Federal Trade Commission and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office have obtained a court order temporarily halting a fake debt collection scam located in Aurora, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. The defendants are charged... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals this week reversed the dismissal of a class-action case alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by Bank of America and a law firm. The plaintiff alleged that the bank and firm,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Reuters explains: The ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses more than $800,000 in damages from R.J. Reynolds and Altria Group Inc unit Philip Morris USA Inc awarded in 2013 to Earl Graham, whose wife Faye, a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau yesterday filed a lawsuit against the leaders of a robocall debt collection operation, their companies, and their service providers.The CFPB explained: The debt collectors, using various aliases, allegedly deployed automated calls to threaten, harass, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at CL&P Blog