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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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Public Citizen, along with the Center for Responsible Lending and several other consumer-advocacy groups, submitted a lengthy comment objecting to the CFPB's proposal to rescind many aspects of the agency's own payday lending rule, issued in 2017 to protect consumers... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at CL&P Blog
In a letter responding to an inquiry from Senator Warren, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says that the Education Department is hampering the CFPB's efforts to protect borrowers by performing oversight of the student loan industry. The... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at CL&P Blog
On Friday, Connecticut and a coalition of 44 states sued the biggest generic drug manufacturers, accusing them of a systematic conspiracy to bilk consumers out of billions of dollars. Last night's 60 Minutes covered the story, here. The Connecticut Attorney... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The Center for American Progress today released a report discussing structural reforms to the court system and suggesting reforms to restore access to the courts -- two topics that are discussed separately in the report but are surely related. The... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing a new rule that would allow debt collectors to send consumers an unlimited number of texts and emails. The agency says that its rule would be good for consumers. The Washington Post reports,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at CL&P Blog
This morning, in a unanimous opinion in a case is called CFPB v. Seila Law, Inc., the Ninth Circuit decided a challenge to the CFPB's structure. The CFPB is headed by a single Director who exercises substantial executive power but... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2019 at CL&P Blog
ProPublica and WNYC are investigating whether the Consumer Financial Protection Agency is enforcing federal consumer financial laws and holding companies accountable. They want to hear from people who work at the agency and those who have left recently, particularly people... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Section 6(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act generally requires the Consumer Product Safety Commission to get permission from a manufacturer before releasing to the public any information about a defective product that would reveal the identity of the manufacturer.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Vox explains how consumer product recalls work and the need for improvements in the recall system in an article titled "People buy millions of unsafe products every year. Here’s why recalls are harder than they should be," here. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The Second Circuit today decided a case involving payday lending and forced arbitration, ruling for the plaintiffs on two important issues. In Gingras v. Think Finance, Vermont residents who claim that the payday loans violate Vermont usury and consumer protection... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times today has a lengthy piece about treatment of female employees at Sterling, Kay, and Jared Jewelers -- stores owned by the same company. The heart of the article is about pay inequity, and pervasive and extreme... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2019 at CL&P Blog
How can you protect your privacy online? A New York Times article today suggests that you can't. People concerned about privacy often try to be “careful” online. They stay off social media, or if they’re on it, they post cautiously.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times has a lengthy article on Mick Mulvaney's tenure as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This account of Mulvaney’s tenure is based on interviews with more than 60 current or former bureau employees, current... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Avant, LLC, an online lending company, has agreed to settle the Federal Trade Commission’s charges that it engaged in deceptive and unfair loan servicing practices, including imposing unauthorized charges on consumers’ accounts and unlawfully requiring consumers to consent to automatic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) have introduced a bill to prohibit large online platforms from using deceptive user interfaces, known as “dark patterns,” to trick consumers into handing over their personal data. Dark patterns refers to online... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Twelve corporate and four individual defendants have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceptively marketed “cognitive improvement” supplements using sham news websites containing false and unsubstantiated efficacy claims, references to non-existent clinical studies, and fraudulent consumer and celebrity endorsements.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports today that the CPSC was pursuing a recall of the BOB stroller, which apparently has a defect that has caused hundreds of crashes. Then the Trump appointees to the Commission halted the effort. Staff members at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Two weeks ago, we blogged, here, about FairWarning's investigation, here, into industry influence at the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Now, the House Energy and Commerce committee has called on the acting head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Ann Marie... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports that the Federal Trade Commission is ordering the largest broadband providers to turn over information on their handling of consumer data as the agency launches an extensive review of privacy practices. "Comcast, Verizon and AT&T were among... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Last week, the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reported on their 2018 activities to administer the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The report highlights both agencies’ law enforcement, education and public outreach, and policy initiatives. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The online journal FairWarning this week reported on how lobbyists from the law firm Bracewell LLP have "specialized in helping product makers thwart rulemaking by the Consumer Product Safety Commission." One after another, industries have turned to Bracewell to fight... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2019 at CL&P Blog
In the first Consumer Financial Protection Bureau oversight hearing of 2019, "Democrats repeatedly hammered Director Kathy Kraninger and GOP lawmakers for supporting recent changes at the agency." Rollcall has the story, here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The American Banker reports on state efforts to pass consumer privacy laws, including laws passed others under consideration. The article is here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The CFPB has released a report on financial exploitation of the elderly by people ranging from offshore scammers to family members. The report compiles information from Suspicious Activity Reports submitted by banks, credit unions, casinos, and other financial services providers.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced its first case challenging a marketer’s use of fake paid reviews on an independent retail website. In a settlement announced at the same time, Cure Encapsulations and its owner resolved allegations that they made false... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2019 at CL&P Blog