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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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CBS News reports that "[o]verstating a debtor's balance — also called 'overbiffing' — is the latest outrage in unfair debt collection." The article is here. Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was sued Tuesday for allegedly failing to cancel student debt for people whose for-profit colleges have shut down. Last month a court ruled that the Obama-era debt regulations had to be... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports today: The students attended institutions with pragmatic names like the Minnesota School of Business and others whose branding evoked ivy-draped buildings and leafy quads, like Corinthian Colleges. Tens of thousands of them say they are... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has issued "Procedural Guidance for Class Action Settlements." The guidance addresses items to include in a motion for preliminary approval, suggestions for class notice, and attorney fees. Among other things,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports: Across the corporate landscape, the Trump administration has presided over a sharp decline in financial penalties against banks and big companies accused of malfeasance, according to analyses of government data and interviews with more than... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at CL&P Blog
"Wells Fargo & Co will not finish paying back the estimated 600,000 customers it wrongly charged for auto insurance until at least 2020, the bank said in a letter to U.S. lawmakers. ... U.S. regulators slapped Wells Fargo with a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Online student loan refinancer SoFi has agreed to stop misrepresenting how much money student loan borrowers have saved or will save from refinancing their loans with the company, in order to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceptively advertised... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today issued a statement about its plans for its payday-loan regulation: The Bureau expects to issue proposed rules in January 2019 that will reconsider the Bureau's rule regarding Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Bloomberg reports: Payday lenders could escape tighter regulation as the Trump-led Consumer Financial Protection bureau considers eliminating a requirement that they first assess borrowers’ ability to repay loans. The CFPB is expected to either propose eliminating the rule’s strict ability... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Philadelphia Tribune report on a new poll that, a decade after the financial crisis, finds that consumers still support financial regulation and related enforcement. Moreover, on payday and car-title lending, "consumer scorn has grown even stronger over the past... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Dodd-Frank Act prohibits “unfair, deceptive, or abusive” acts and practices by the financial companies regulated under the Act, and gives the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau authority to enforce the prohibition. The Act defines "abusive" as an act or practice... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Reuters reports that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is considering sanctions against Citigroup for denying minority customers the kinds of mortgage discounts that the bank offered to many other borrowers. Citigroup, while performing a review to ensure... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Citing the U.S. Supreme Court's precedent in favor of arbitration, California Governor Jerry Brown yesterday vetoed a bill that would end the practice of employers requiring workers to use private arbitration instead of the courts to resolve sexual harassment complaints.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at CL&P Blog
We have from time to time blogged about non-disparagement clauses inserted into consumer contracts to try to prevent consumers from complaining publicly about a product or service. Yesterday, a district court in Florida, in a case brought by the Federal... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Starting today, consumers who are concerned about identity theft or data breaches can freeze their credit and place one-year fraud alerts for free. The Federal Trade Commission explains, here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at CL&P Blog
American Airlines is threatening to prohibit customers from making changes to nonrefundable tickets if Congress makes good on a proposal to crack down on what critics call unreasonable airline fees. The NYT article is here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports: After the education secretary, Betsy DeVos, started scaling back consumer protections for student borrowers last year, six states and the District of Columbia sped up their own efforts to crack down on abusive lending practices... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is calling on Congress to come up with a federal privacy standard in order to preempt states from passing their own laws governing data collection. The article is here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post, addressing the current work of the CFPB and the Department of Education, had editorials yesterday and today pertinent to student loans and higher education: Read "The Trump administration’s scandalous handling of student loans," here. Read "How Betsy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based farm policy group, said consumers cannot rely only on the organic seal from the USDA. The group says that the USDA is failing to protect ethical industry participants and consumers from fraud. Food Safety News has... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Pew Charitable Trusts reports that consumers are exposed to potentially harmful financial products from the nation’s fragmented regulatory system. "Innovation can spur growth and competition in financial markets and provide new and better options for customers. But without careful, balanced... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Los Angeles Sentinel reports on a new poll that finds consumers still support financial regulation and related enforcement. Moreover, consumer concern about payday and car-title lending has increased over the past year. Roughly three-fourths of likely 2018 voters support... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The bottom line: "Presidents deserve wide latitude in choosing agency heads to carry out their mission in line with the administration's priorities. And USA TODAY has a long history of supporting those choices even when we disagree with the views... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Politico reports on continuing debate over rules to protect people from financial advisors' who put their own interests above those of the clients that they are advising. Older savers are often the targets of brokers’ self-enriching sales that saddle them... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports that "Facebook’s push to gain access to users' banking data and other sensitive financial information could help make online banking more efficient — or it could backfire among those skeptical that the world’s biggest social network... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at CL&P Blog