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What Will Wells Fargo CEO Tell Senate About Fiasco, Possible Exec Pay Clawbacks Tuesday?

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 09.19.2016 | Business
Ed Mierzwinski

Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO John Stumpf goes before the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday (9/20 at 10am ET, watch live) to explain the recent $185 mil...

A New Consumer Protection Agenda for Working Families

Rep. John K. Delaney | Posted 09.08.2016 | Politics
Rep. John K. Delaney

Our Expanding Rent-to-Own Protections Act would ensure that rent-to-own customers receive the same level of protections that other consumers enjoy.

Staying In The Know When It Comes To Car Consumer Safety

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D. | Posted 08.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Robi Ludwig, Psy.D.

By Dr. Robi Ludwig Over the last year, there have been some very high profile automobile recalls and accidents that have caused some very untimely an...

Consumer Protection is a Top Priority for Solar

Thomas P. Kimbis | Posted 07.18.2016 | Green
Thomas P. Kimbis

In a recent Huffington Post blog, "Protecting Consumers: Making the Solar Industry a Safe and Fair Marketplace," former Arizona Attorney General Terry...

Protecting Consumers: Making the Solar Industry a Safe and Fair Marketplace

Terry Goddard | Posted 07.08.2016 | Green
Terry Goddard

A national look at the consumer protection issues raised by the rapidly growing use of rooftop solar panels just happened, when the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) convened a Workshop on this and other solar energy related issues in Washington DC on June 21st.

Surety Bonds: The Most Important Consumer Protection Tool You've Never Heard of

Toby Nwazor | Posted 05.11.2016 | Money
Toby Nwazor

The only downside to surety bonds is that the public has little awareness of them. All this means that consumers should educate themselves about their rights, and how surety bonds protect those rights.

The CFPB Just Took a Huge Bite Out of Predatory Lending

Paul Bland | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Paul Bland

Banks and payday lenders have had a good deal going for a while: They could break the law, trick their customers in illegal ways, and not have to face any consumer lawsuits.

If a Blacksmithing School Doesn't Make You Sign Away Your Legal Rights, Why Do For-Profit Colleges?

Robert Shireman | Posted 04.28.2016 | Business
Robert Shireman

Why do for-profit colleges feel they need to put a contractual straitjacket on their students? It turns out that many of the companies requiring students to sign these contracts are the same ones found to be lying, cheating, and stealing their way to revenue and growth for their investors.

Reverse Robin Hood: Six Billion Dollar Businesses Preying on Poor People

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.07.2016 | Business
Bill Quigley

These businesses target families with incomes below $35,000, and people of color are three times more likely to receive abusive loans than whites. People with blemished credit are often passed over when seeking jobs.

In the Name of Consumer Protection: What Should Consumers Look For If They Make the Solar Transition?

Waikinya Clanton | Posted 01.12.2016 | Black Voices
Waikinya Clanton

It seems like everywhere you look, the importance of transitioning to clean energy is being discussed, whether it's at the Paris climate summit or the...

Has Any Consumer Ever Read a Service or Installment Contract?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 12.17.2015 | Business
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

As it stands now, the small guy with the small claim loses to the big guy without ever having the chance to prove his claim, because to do so would cost more in time and expense than the claim itself.

The Economy Is Improving, So Washington Has Decided It's Time To Screw You

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics

Congress appears to think the U.S. economy has improved so much that it’s time to turn the screws on American households. Convinced that consumers a...

Car Insurance Rates Far Higher in African-American Areas, Study Finds

NerdWallet | Posted 11.30.2015 | Business
NerdWallet

Companies charge far more for car insurance in neighborhoods that are predominantly African-American than they do in other areas, a consumer group reported last week.

I Don't Care Who Killed JFK

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.22.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Because he was young, charismatic and murdered before he could even complete his first term in office, most Americans overestimate JFK's achievements during his thousand days in the White House. Even so, he rarely gets credit for some of his most important accomplishments.

Ending Indifference Toward Consumer Financial Safeguards

Steven Smith | Posted 11.12.2015 | Black Voices
Steven Smith

Consumer vulnerabilities affect everyone -- financial institutions and retailers who must bear the cost, small businesses whose reputations' suffer if their consumers are affected by fraud, and most importantly, working class Americans who have to bear these consequences firsthand.

College Students, Borrowers Win As Education Department Expands Protections

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

College students will be shielded from some fees when accessing federal student aid funds, while borrowers with older student loans will be eligible f...

Corporate 'Talent' Must Imagine Worst-Case Scenario, i.e., Ruination: VW, GM, Peanut Corporation

Carla Seaquist | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business
Carla Seaquist

You would think a corporation with high-priced "talent" in its executive suites could imagine the risks -- to the corporation if not to consumers or their own employees -- if it crossed the legal line.

Safer Chemicals Would Benefit Both Consumers and Workers

The Conversation US | Posted 10.12.2015 | Green
The Conversation US

Even in a company producing "greener" building materials made primarily from recycled cardboard, our workers were exposed to hazardous airborne dust and gases, and handled ingredients whose chemical composition was a mystery to everyone on the factory floor.

The FDA and Homeopathy: Can the Agency Bring Medicine Out of the 1700s?

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 08.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Ronald A. Lindsay

Although the FDA has jurisdiction over homeopathic products, it has to date essentially given homeopathic drugs a pass, and has not required them to demonstrate they are safe and effective. Why is that?

The Perils of Native Advertising

Shannan Adler | Posted 07.31.2016 | Media
Shannan Adler

The Times and most other major publishers take care to label these ads as "paid posts," so as to try to preserve the editorial credibility of the paper and to honor its responsibility to readers. But no one should take much comfort in the (small) fine print.

Fundamental Fairness Reform of Arbitration Agreements Is Essential

Brad Reid | Posted 07.29.2016 | Business
Brad Reid

Prior to 1900, English and U.S. legal traditions tended not to favor or enforce pre-dispute arbitration agreements. Attempts to "oust the jurisdiction...

As Wall Street Reform Turns 5, Fight Continues to Protect CFPB

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Ed Mierzwinski

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the fourth birthday of its signature CFPB. CFPB is the little agency Wall Street banks, credit bureaus, debt collectors and payday lenders love to hate because it works for consumers, not them.

Zach Carter

Turns Out Obama Wasn't Targeting Porn, Guns, Gambling And Payday Loans After All

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Justice Department investigation has cleared its consumer protection lawyers of Republican charges they engaged in a multi-agency cons...

Little-Known Provision of the Affordable Care Act Is About to Pay Major Dividends for U.S. Consumers

Sally Greenberg | Posted 06.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Sally Greenberg

It's no secret that health care costs are on the rise, and have been for years. From monthly premiums to co-pays and now coinsurance for prescription drugs, consumers are being squeezed financially as a result of trying to keep their families healthy. A relatively new factor in this cost-versus-care debate are biologic drugs, complex medicines made from living cells that treat deadly and debilitating diseases.

Currency of Banking Isn't Dollars - It's Trust

Keith Mestrich | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Keith Mestrich

When five of the world's biggest banks were busted this week for manipulating the cost of dollars and euros, they did more than violate antitrust laws. They violated the public trust.