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Consumer Protection

Trump Is Building An FCC That May Betray His Populist Campaign Promises

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 01.27.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump ran a populist campaign, but his vision for the Federal Communications Commission, an agency that protects peopl...

Trump Moves Closer To Gutting Elizabeth Warren's Consumer Watchdog

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics

NEW YORK ― Big business and congressional Republicans salivate at the idea of gutting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the brainchild of Se...

Obama Called Inequality 'The Defining Challenge Of Our Time.' He Didn't Do Much About It.

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 01.11.2017 | Politics

This piece is part of a series on Obama’s legacy that The Huffington Post will be publishing over the next week. In December 2013, President Barack...

Deutsche Bank Agrees To Pay $7.2 Billion To Settle Toxic Mortgage Securities Case

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 12.23.2016 | Business

NEW YORK/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank has agreed to a $7.2 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over its sale and pooling of ...

Why it's so hard for Europeans to get compensation after Dieselgate

The Conversation Global | Posted 11.22.2016 | Technology
The Conversation Global

Francesca Colli, Katholiek Universiteit of Leuven More than a year after the Dieselgate scandal, which uncovered cheating by Volkswagen and other car...

Consumer Watchdog Runs Against The Clock To Save Itself From Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.18.2016 | Politics

A week ahead of the deadline, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Friday appealed a court ruling that could leave the independent watchdog vul...

The So-Called 'Midnight Rules Relief Act' Is A Sweeping GOP Bill That Addresses A Non-Existent Problem

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 11.18.2016 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

It represents yet another unfounded and reckless attempt to prevent the implementation of critical laws by Federal agencies.

4 Things To Watch Out For Black Friday

Adam Levin | Posted 11.10.2016 | Business
Adam Levin

Black Friday is right around the corner, and shoppers are already being primed by retailers for the kind of buying gluttony that makes eater's remorse look like a bloated post-Thanksgiving walk in the park.

Mortgage Shopping Mistakes to Avoid

Jack M. Guttentag | Posted 10.17.2016 | Business
Jack M. Guttentag

Are You a Shopper or a Client? A mortgage shopper assumes responsibility for determining the type of mortgage that best meets her needs, and finding ...

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 03.08.2017 | 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 01.11.2017 | 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 12.17.2016 | 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 11.30.2016 | Business

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 11.22.2016 | 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 11.12.2016 | 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...