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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 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 5 days ago 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
Patricia McCoy has written "Inside Job: The Assault on the Structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau." Here is the abstract: Soon after the 2016 election of Donald Trump as President, while Republicans controlled Congress, opponents of the fledgling Consumer... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Politico reports that the Trump administration "for months concealed a report that showed Wells Fargo charged college students fees that were on average several times higher than some of its competitors." The “unpublished” report was obtained by POLITICO through a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at CL&P Blog
CBS News reports on a new report that finds that the 2017 Equifax data breach was "entirely preventable." A 14-month congressional investigation slammed credit rating agency Equifax for lacking preventative measures in a data breach that exposed the personal information... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at CL&P Blog
At this point, it should come as no surprise to read about mobile app tracking users and selling the data. But an article in today's New York Times still makes for interesting and disturbing reading. The article explains that --... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The top consumer protection official at the Federal Trade Commission is barred from handling cases involving more than 100 different companies due to conflicts of interest from his prior work as a private sector attorney, according to documents obtained by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Two Senators -- Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) -- are introducing a bill today that would ban the use confessions of judgment by predatory lenders. The issue is a provision in some loan agreements for small businesses, in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports today on the Consumer Financial protection Bureau, one year after Director Richard Cordray, who was appointed by President Obama, stepped down and was replaced with OMB Director Mick Mulvaney. If you care about consumer financial protection,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports that changing the name of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau could cost the businesses it regulates more than $300 million. Banks, lenders and other financial services firms subject to CFPB supervision could be required to spend millions... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Communications Commission recently released a proposal "to reduce unwanted robocalls and support blocking of spam robotexts." A Washington Post editorial today argues that the FCC proposal on spam texts "empowers companies instead of consumers." The gist of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Amendments to Rules 5, 23, 62, and 65.1 went into effect yesterday. You can view them, as well as amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, here. Of particular interest for consumer law are the amendments to Rule 23,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Ombudsman explains: "At the Ombudsman’s Office, we are an independent, impartial, and confidential resource that assists consumers, financial entities, consumer or trade groups, and others in informally resolving process issues with the Bureau. In short, we advocate for fair... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Trump administration is proposing to eliminate the requirement of professional appraisals for many home sales — "a move that critics say could push the country back toward the see-no-evil days of mortgage lending that preceded the housing crash,"reports the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at CL&P Blog
A bill to give the federal government authority to collect civil penalties if a company misuses online consumer data or allows it to be stolen may be drafted early next year, the New York Times reports. "A subcommittee of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports that the Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue, a coalition of more than 75 consumer groups, is urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google for allegedly manipulating Android users into having their location tracked at all times. In... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports: "Mick Mulvaney, as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has softened the agency’s hard-charging approach that financial companies had long complained about. One year after his appointment, the industry is pleased, but not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at CL&P Blog
I missed this last week: The Associated Press reported last Tuesday on a Department of Education audit of Navient, the nation’s third largest student loan servicing companies. The audit found that Navient may have driven tens of thousands of borrowers... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at CL&P Blog