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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 National Consumer Law Center issued a report on the impact of debt-collection during the pandemic and state laws that help, or harm, struggling families. From NCLC's press release: As millions of families suffer job loss or struggle to pay... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at CL&P Blog
Eight state attorneys general today filed a lawsuit challenging a new Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation rule that creates a loophole allowing predatory lenders to evade state laws that forbid excessive interest-rate charges. From the California attorney general's press release: "These... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2020 at CL&P Blog
Today, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued a proposed rule to overturns the “true lender” rule that courts have used since the early 1800s to prevent evasions of state usury laws. The deadline to submit comments on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2020 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today announced a final rule rescinding payday loans protections that had been issued in October 2017. Among the provisions rescinded are those limiting unaffordable loans that trap families in cycles of debt. The CFPB also... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2020 at CL&P Blog
As established by the Dodd-Frank Act in 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was headed by a director who could the President could remove only for cause (inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office). The CFPB’s first director was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2020 at CL&P Blog
"A federal judge has ordered the Department of Education to cancel the student loans of all 7,200 former Corinthian Colleges students in Massachusetts. This is the first time a federal court has ordered a borrower defense discharge of federal student... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2020 at CL&P Blog
The D.C. attorney general sued four of the world’s largest oil and gas companies -- BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Shell -- Thursday, asserting that they have engaged in a decades-long campaign to deceive District consumers about the effects of fossil... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2020 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission reports that it has received more than 91,000 coronavirus-related complaints from consumers. More than half (47,881) are about fraud. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2020 at CL&P Blog
DC's Attorney General today filed a lawsuit against Elevate, an online lender, for deceptively marketing high-cost loans carrying interest rates far above the District’s cap on interest rates. According to the complaint, Elevate is not a licensed moneylender in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2020 at CL&P Blog
Bloomberg reports that a "Consumer Financial Protection Bureau task force that has been criticized in the past for its pro-business leanings stands to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars to offer advice on how to 'harmonize and modernize' federal laws... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2020 at CL&P Blog
A new report from Pew describes how debt collection lawsuits have transformed state courts. Among the report's findings: Fewer people are using the courts for civil cases. Debt claims grew to dominate state civil court dockets in recent decades. People... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2020 at CL&P Blog
Yesterday, on behalf of a class of student borrowers, the National Consumer Law Center and Student Defense, with the support of the Student Borrower Protection Center, filed a class action lawsuit against the Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2020 at CL&P Blog
We posted two weeks ago that the Federal Trade Commission had sent warning letters to more than 25 companies to stop making unsubstantiated claims that their products could prevent or treat COVID-19 Last Thursday, the FTC sent 21 additional letters... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2020 at CL&P Blog
The National Consumer Law Center has published a list of recommendations for actions that states can take to reduce the economic impact of COVID-19 on consumers and their families. The document summarizes NCLC's more detailed recommendations on auto finance, credit... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2020 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade commission has sent warning letters to more than 25 companies to stop making unsubstantiated claims that their products could prevent or treat COVID-19. Fox Business reports here. The FTC's latest press release on the problem is here. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at CL&P Blog
This week, the Treasury Department will begin to send out the $1,200 CARES Act payments that Congress approved in response to the coronavirus crisis. The money will be wired to eligible recipients who previously authorized the IRS to post their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: "The U.S. Education Department is promising to process student loan forgiveness claims for nearly 170,000 borrowers within 18 months as part of a proposed settlement announced Friday in a federal lawsuit. The suit alleges that Education... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2020 at CL&P Blog
As many people are struggling to pay their mortgage during the coronavirus crisis, columnist Michelle Singletary offers advice on resources for people experiencing financial hardship because of the pandemic. Her column is here. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2020 at CL&P Blog
U.S. Public Interest Research Group's Ed Mierzwinski and Sabrina Clevenger write that the effects of coronavirus "will send credit reports in a downward spiral" and explain how Congress can help. Their op-ed in USA Today is here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at CL&P Blog
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Friday announced that her office has filed an emergency regulation that prohibits creditors from engaging in methods of debt collection that can require people to leave their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Healey said... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at CL&P Blog
The National Consumer Law Center has posted a compilation of "major consumer protections announced in response to COVID-19," including suspensions on foreclosures, evictions, terminations on telecommunications and utility service, elimination of interest, and forbearance on student loan payments. The webpage... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2020 at CL&P Blog
A bipartisan group of state attorneys general on Wednesday sent letters to major online retailers urging them crack down on price gouging on their online platforms amid the spread of coronavirus. The 34 attorneys general asked Amazon, Craigslist, eBay, Facebook... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2020 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports that California passed a new law to cap interest rates—currently at about 37% a year—for some consumer loans. OppLoans, however, is charging 160% on a typical loan in California, using a partnership with a Utah... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2020 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports today that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed a lawsuit against Fifth Third Bank, alleging the bank’s employees opened fake accounts for customers in order to meet aggressive sales targets. The federal regulator alleged Monday... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2020 at CL&P Blog
A nice win today for attorney Kelly Jones and my colleague Adam Pulver in McAdory v. DNF Associates: Reversing the district court’s dismissal of an action under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and remanding, the Ninth Circuit held that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2020 at CL&P Blog