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In a must-read for consumers who value their right to criticize companies they do business with, Techdirt has compiled this list of businesses that employ contract language to try to silence criticism from customers. These companies threaten fines from $2,500... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
In a victory for consumers and the environment, the administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will impose a statewide ban on the controversial technique known as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" for gas. Reuters quotes state health commissioner Howard Zucker:... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
The leaked text of a multi-national trade agreement currently under negotiation reveals some troubling implications, explains Public Citizen this week in this press statement and this report. The text at issue, from the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), would apply... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
This week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed a jury verdict against Walmart in favor of a class of more than 180,000 workers who were not paid for missed breaks and work after their shifts ended. The Court rejected Walmart's arguments... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
Check out this video of her speech -- it's a great overview of what's wrong, both substantively and procedurally, with the Dodd-Frank amendment incorporated in the spending bill the House passed last night. (The speech was delivered Wednesday, before the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at CL&P Blog
A productive week for the CFPB. The agency took enforcement actions against two debt-relief outfits who, according to the agency, charged illegal fees and made false promises about rates and/or results, among other nefarious activity. Read the details here. Separately,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Colorado's cap on payday loan interest rates has had some success, Lauren explains, but it's not enough: she calls for a stricter cap and front-end underwriting requirements that ensure that borrowers are actually able to repay their loans. Read her... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Today the Supreme Court denied BP's petition seeking review of a case interpreting the company's multi-billion dollar settlement over its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company claimed (both in court papers and via a public relations... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The state of the law on arbitration is undeniably titled against consumers, workers, and really anyone who is wronged by a corporation (including, sometimes, even smaller corporations). We've discussed on this site for years how arbitration undermines disputants' rights and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at CL&P Blog
As Forbes discusses, the D.C. city council has just passed a law to combat the abuses associated with civil asset forfeiture, the law enforcement practice of taking people's money or property and asking questions (such as whether they had the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Our site does its share (we hope!) of calling attention to dangerous and/or exploitative corporate practices, so it's only fair that we also mention when a company seems to be looking out for its consumers. Brian's post earlier today discussed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at CL&P Blog
With Privacy Basics, the social network site provides a sleek, interactive guide to your privacy options. Whatever you think of Facebook's record on privacy, the new policy seems to reflect a recognition on Facebook's part that their users do care... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at CL&P Blog
"Remember the robo-signers, those mortgage loan automatons who authenticated thousands of foreclosure documents over the years without verifying the information they were swearing to? Well, they’re back, in a manner of speaking," reports the Times. Read on. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at CL&P Blog
We mentioned last week that fracking will be permitted in a national forest in Virginia, near the Potomac's headwaters. Now the outgoing governor of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, says that he will open up lands in the western portion of that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at CL&P Blog
This week, the former CEO of Massey Energy, Don Blankenship, pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he violated mine safety rules and hindered federal safety enforcement in connection with the April 2010 explosion at Massey’s Upper Big Branch Mine,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Previously on the blog, we've covered a fracking ban in New York, litigation against a fracking protestor in Pennsylvania, and state oversight (or lack thereof) also in Pennsylvania. Now the issue is coming uncomfortably close to the city many coordinators... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at CL&P Blog
From Slate, here. A good plain-English piece to share with folks who don't understand how corporations are limiting access to the courts. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at CL&P Blog
NPR's Morning Edition this morning covered this pending case, in which borrowers assert a variety of unlawful practices. The New York State Department of Financial Services is also investigating. For instance, one couple says that Ocwen charged fees for "property... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at CL&P Blog
... is the goal of this Public Citizen report, worth a read. This excerpt from the introduction gives a flavor: As Google has continued to flourish, it has become ever bolder and more sophisticated in its methods to collect and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Wading into the the net neutrality debate this week, President Obama came out strongly for it, urging the FCC to reject its proposed "fast lane" approach to regulating the internet (which we've previously discussed here) and to ensure equal access.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Check out PrivacyGrade.org, which analyzed over 1 million applications and ranked them based on how the extent of an application's collection of information about the user matched up with the user's expectations. A key finding from the site, reports CNN... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at CL&P Blog
This afternoon, the Supreme Court decided to hear a case raising the question whether Obamacare subsidies to assist individuals in the purchase of health insurance apply to purchasers at all health care exchanges under the law or only those run... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at CL&P Blog
As the New York Times reports, The Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday that it had settled its first consumer-protection lawsuit against a company for using “deceptive sales claims and phony legal threats” to try to get unsuspecting companies to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The U.S. Department of Education, drawing applause from the Treasury Department, has moved to increase funding for student loan servicers. The goal is to improve customer service for students, according to the administration. The catch? Servicers get the money anyway,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at CL&P Blog
In what might be analogized to Mitt Romeny's infamous 47-percent remark, veteran lobbyist Richard Berman advised oil and gas companies to pursue smear campaigns to discredit environmental activists, according to a recent New York Times story on a secretly-recorded speech... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at CL&P Blog