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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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NPR reported today on 5 ways that the Trump Administration has undermined the Affordable Care Act. Among the takeaways: Overall, [Professor] Nicholas Bagley says, the ACA has been "pretty resilient to everything, so far, that the Trump administration has thrown... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
After reading the post below, reader Ted Mermin of California Low-Income Consumer Coalition emailed: Last week the Governor signed a groundbreaking law providing an automatic exemption from bank levy for the last $1724 in a debtor's account. According to the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
California's Governor Newsom today signed into law legislation intended to to protect consumers from predatory lending practices that create debt traps for families already struggling financially. The bill bars payday lenders from charging high interest rates – which in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Next week, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathy Kraninger will deliver the statutory “Semi-Annual Report of the CFPB” to the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee. On his blog, US PIRG's Ed Mierzwinski suggests questions that the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2019 at CL&P Blog
A federal court has entered a temporary restraining order against Utah-based Zurixx, LLC and affiliated companies, which the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Utah Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) allege have used deceptive promises of big profits to lure... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Despite a court order barring the Education Department from collecting on the federal student loans of former Corinthian College students, the agency continued to pursue the debts. Some former students had their paychecks garnished or tax refunds seized by the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The House just passed a bill that would restore legal rights to millions of workers and consumers. By a vote of 225-186, the House passed the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act, to ban companies from requiring workers and consumers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2019 at CL&P Blog
ProPublica has a new report out today called "The Deadly Race: How Amazon Hooked America on Fast Delivery While Avoiding Responsibility for Crashes." The report explains that "Amazon has built a huge logistics operation in recent years to get more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program encourages graduates to work in public service jobs by forgiving federal student loan balances for borrowers who have made 10 years of payments while in certain public service jobs. In 2018, after the Department... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Last year, the California legislature passed the California Consumer Privacy Act, which grants internet users the right to see the personal information that companies collect about them and stop it from being sold. The law applies only to residents of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is hiring again, following a 15 percent loss of staff since the Trump Administration took over the agency in late 2017. The CFPB "recently lifted a nearly two-year hiring... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday affirmed the district court’s order certifying a class Facebook users in a case challenging Facebook’s facial-recognition technology as a violation of Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).The court held that plaintiffs alleged... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Scotusblog this week posted an analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court's review of class action cases. Among its observations is that the Court overturns almost 70 percent of class action decisions made by appeals courts by either reversing or vacating... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports today on debt collectors' tactics to revive debts that they cannot otherwise collect on because the statute of limitations has passed. If the consumer makes a payment, even against his or her own will, that can... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Last week, the Federal Trade Commission announced a $700 million settlement with Equifax concerning its liability for the 2017 data breach in which hackers stole the personal information of 147 million people. The settlement seemed to offer people as much... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Professor Brian Fitzpatrick has a new book, set for release in October, called The Conservative case for Class Actions. Here is the summary: Since the 1960s, the class action lawsuit has been a powerful tool for holding businesses accountable. Yet... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced this morning that it has reached a settlement with Facebook over the FTC's charges that the company violated a 2012 FTC order by deceiving users about their ability to control the privacy of their personal... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2019 at CL&P Blog
A bipartisan group of lawmakers in both chambers has reintroduced a bill to combat online hotel booking scams. The Stopping Online Booking Scams Act would make it illegal for scammers to fool customers into thinking they are paying for hotel... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2019 at CL&P Blog
"Equifax has agreed to pay as much as $700 million to settle a series of state and federal investigations into a massive 2017 data breach that left more than 147 million Americans’ Social Security numbers, credit-card details and other sensitive... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2019 at CL&P Blog
In a lengthy article today, the Detroit Free Press reports: Ford Motor Co. knowingly launched two low-priced, fuel-efficient cars with defective transmissions and continued selling the troubled Focus and Fiesta despite thousands of complaints and an avalanche of repairs, a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at CL&P Blog
On Tuesday, AT&T became the first major US wireless company to automatically block robocalls for its customers. The free service comes after a June ruling by the Federal Communications Commission that allows phone service providers to offer call-blocking on an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACTA), retailers are prohibited from printing more than the last 5 digits of a credit card number or the expiration date on a purchase receipt. The law was enacted to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at CL&P Blog
On Tuesday, seven borrowers sued Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education after the agency failed to take action on their applications for relief from student loans. Under a 1995 law, the Department has authority to forgive the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at CL&P Blog
A consumer-advocacy group as asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate a practice where retailers use consumer information collected by data brokers to decide how much to charge individual customers. According to the petition submitted to the FTC by #REPRESENT,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at CL&P Blog
On Friday, the DC Circuit held that two groups of federal workers can move forward with class action lawsuits against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) over a 2015 data breach that exposed the personal information of 22 million people.The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at CL&P Blog