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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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Countering assertions that student-loan forgiveness would primarily benefit wealthy people, a new study from the Roosevelt Institute determined that "student debt cancellation would provide more benefits to those with fewer economic resources and could play a critical role in addressing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2021 at CL&P Blog
Use of automatic subscriptions has exploded in recent years. Some companies make it easy to sign up but very difficult to cancel, and consumer complaints have piled up. The Washington Post reports, here, that the Federal Trade Commission is looking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2021 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission staff has provided its 2020 Annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on its enforcement and related activities regarding the Truth in Lending Act, Consumer Leasing Act, and Electronic Fund Transfer Act.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2021 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: The Biden administration continues to defend lawsuits against the Education Department over Trump-era policies on student loans and career training regulation. Biden’s Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has begun dismantling his predecessor’s policies. The department this week... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2021 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission was busy yesterday. Operators of Student Loan Debt Relief Scheme Banned From Providing Debt Relief Services as Part of Settlement with FTC (May 17, 2021) FTC Announces Latest Enforcement Action Halting Deceptive CBD Product Marketing (May... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2021 at CL&P Blog
The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Richard Cordray will be its Chief Operating Officer of Federal Student Aid. Cordray is the former Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the former Attorney General of Ohio. Federal Student... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2021 at CL&P Blog
In October 2020, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, one of the federal agencies that regulates banks, issued a rule that determines what national bank or federal savings association is considered the “true lender” in circumstances where a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2021 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today issued an interim final rule in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium. The CFPB’s rule requires debt collectors to provide written notice to tenants of their rights under the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2021 at CL&P Blog
Cartoonist Matt Wuerker enlists consumer advocate Ralph Nader to help explain tort law in this 3-minute video from Politico. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2021 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today proposed extending the effective date of two debt-collection rules that were finalized in 2020 and currently go into effect in November 2021. The CFPB proposes the delay to give affected parties more time to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2021 at CL&P Blog
Mike Saunders, director of military and consumer policy at Veterans Education Success, warns in today that service members and veterans need to be wary of new forms of credit-like products that have popped up in recent years, especially "paycheck... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2021 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released the 2020 annual report to Congress on administration of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. According to the CFPB press release, "the report highlights efforts by the CFPB and the Federal Trade Commission to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2021 at CL&P Blog
Department of Education has announced that it will forgive the student-loan debt of borrowers whose borrower-defense claims have already been approved. The announcement is here. Under the law, students who attended schools that misled them or engaged in other misconduct... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2021 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today issued an interpretive rule clarifying that the prohibition against sex discrimination under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B includes sexual orientation discrimination and gender identity discrimination. This prohibition also covers discrimination based... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2021 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau last week issued a report warning that, without additional action, widespread evictions and foreclosures will occur after federal, state, and local pandemic protections come to an end. The report finds that more than 11 million... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2021 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Virginia, Massachusetts, and New York today sued a company called Libre by Nexus, Inc. and its owners for a predatory immigrant-services scam that traps victims into paying expensive, long-term fees. The complaint alleges that Libre... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2021 at CL&P Blog
Last week was a busy one for the Federal Trade Commission. Among other things: FTC Acts to Ban Payday Lender From Industry, Forgive Illegal Debt Four Defendants Settle with the FTC for Their Alleged Role in Credit Card Laundering Scheme... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2021 at CL&P Blog
More consumers than ever report falling prey to romance scammers, according to new Federal Trade Commission data that show consumers reported losing a record $304 million to the scams last year. A newly released data spotlight shows that the amount... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2021 at CL&P Blog
Kathy Kraninger has resigned as CFPB director, effective today. Her resignation letter is here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2021 at CL&P Blog
Although the Betsy DeVos resigned as Secretary of Education last week, the Department has continued to push ahead in the rush to the Trump Administration finish line. On Friday, ED's Office of the General Counsel published a memorandum stating that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2021 at CL&P Blog
From the States' press release: Attorneys general from New York, California and several other states sued on Tuesday to block the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's recently finalized "true lender" rule, a measure that the states argue is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2021 at CL&P Blog
Many states bar super-high interest rates. But high-cost lenders can circumvent such limits, known as usury caps, through rent-a-bank schemes. And under the Trump administration, the schemes have gotten a boost from two rules approved this year by the top... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2020 at CL&P Blog
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