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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 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 3 days ago 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
According to a report issued by the Federal Trade Commission last week, between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, the agency’s law enforcement actions yielded more than $2.3 billion in refunds to defrauded consumers, including $122 million mailed directly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Scammers who use love to target consumers can take both an emotional and a financial toll on their victims. New complaint data from the Federal Trade Commission shows romance scams generated more reported losses than any other consumer fraud type... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Seven million Americans are at least 90 days behind on payments for automobile loans, according to a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. According to the study, more people are now delinquent or late on loan payments... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2019 at CL&P Blog
A New York Times editorial today addresses the proposal by the Consumer Financial protection Bureau to gut the Bureau's own rule protecting low-income borrowers from predatory practices of payday lenders. As the NYT put it, "The federal Consumer Financial Protection... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2019 at CL&P Blog
In 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a rule to protect borrowers from payday lending practices that harmed consumers. Today it proposed to eliminate several important protections that it earlier adopted to prevent industry practices from trapping low-income people... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today filed a proposed settlement with several payday lenders: NDG Financial Corp., E-Care Contact Centers, Ltd., Blizzard Interactive Corp., New World Consolidated Lending Corp., New World Lenders Corp., Payroll Loans First Lenders Corp., New World... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at CL&P Blog
I missed this last week: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau settled a case against Mark Corbett, a broker of contracts offering high-interest credit to veterans. The CFPB explained that it "found that Corbett violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports today that "[l]enders are turning to borrowers with harder-to-document finances, helping growth in the kind of home loans panned for role in housing meltdown." The article is here. (Subscription may be required.) Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Today, 14 state attorneys general submitted a comment to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in response to the FDIC's request for comment on small-dollar lending. The attorneys general urged the FDIC to ensure consumers are protected from high-interest predatory small... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Politico reports that on the effects of the government shutdown on federal workers, some of whom are turning to installment loans, car title loans, and payday cash advances, which charge exorbitantly high interest. Others are making payments late, risking long-term... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2019 at CL&P Blog
In a consent order with California's Department of Business Oversight, a payday lender called California Check Cashing Stores agreed to refund about $800,000 to consumers, to settle allegations that it steered borrowers into high-interest loans and engaged in other illegal... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The State of New York and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (which is not shut down) yesterday settled claims against Sterling Jewelers, based on findings that that the company violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 by opening store... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The National Consumer Law Center has a list of federal and state consumer law changes scheduled to take effect in 2019, as well as several changes that were effective in November and December of 2018 that have special relevance in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2019 at CL&P Blog
In a post yesterday, Public Citizen reported that the government shutdown is placing crucial consumer, health, and safety protections at serious risk. The agency most impacted in the Consumer Product Safety Commission, where only 20 members of the 550-person staff... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The following Federal Trade Commission services are NOT available during the shutdown: National Do Not Call Registry (For consumers) National Do Not Call Registry (For telemarketers) Consumer Sentinel Network (For law enforcement) Complaint Assistant (For filing consumer complaints) Identitytheft.gov (For... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Today, in conjunction with a new study that details a host of concerning practices in apps targeted to young children, 22 consumer and public health advocacy groups (including Public Citizen) called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the preschool... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Partnership for Public Service issues an annual ranking of "Best Places to Work" in the federal government. The rankings are based on questions posed to hundreds of thousands of federal employees. This year, two agencies abut which we frequently... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is required by statute to prepare an annual report on student borrowers’ top complaints. In previous years, the CFPB has submitted the report to Congress in October. This year, it did not do so and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has not announced a formal policy denying [Federal Housing Administration] loans for DACA recipients, but lenders tell BuzzFeed News that’s the guidance they’re getting from officials. The BuzzFeed story is here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2018 at CL&P Blog
I am very happy to report that the Department of Education is finally implementing its Borrower Defense rule, an Obama-era regulation intended to protect students from predatory colleges and universities. The rule requires the department to provide automatic discharges of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2018 at CL&P Blog