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Eleazar David Melendez

Overdraft Fees Continue To Make Banks Richer, Poor Poorer

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 03.29.2013 | Business

Financially struggling Americans paid an increasing amount of money in overdraft fees last year, in spite of a 2010 rule designed to prevent abusive o...

Monsant-Oh No!

Alex Palombo | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Alex Palombo

The Monsanto Protection Act is a continuation on the trend of corporations getting away with shafting their customers out of millions, leaving consumers worse for the wear and letting corporations off scot-free.

Affordable Care Act at 3: Looking Forward and Expanding Access

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Sebelius

Americans are getting more value for their health care dollars due to the health care law. Affordable Care Act initiatives are promoting coordinated care; paying for quality, not quantity; and dramatically reducing fraud and waste, contributing to the slowest growth in national health spending in 50 years.

Affordable Care Act at 3: Abby's Story

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

I'd like to introduce you to Abby Schanfield, who has an important and inspiring story to tell about how the Affordable Care Act has changed her life. She recently attended the State of the Union address as a guest of the First Lady.

Eleazar David Melendez

Consumer Protection Agency Will Regulate Student Loan Debt Collectors

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 03.14.2013 | Business

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday announced new rules aimed at cracking down on alleged abuses by companies that collect debts for ...

Elizabeth Warren Accuses Senate GOP Of 'Keeping The Game Rigged'

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) blasted Senate Republicans on Thursday for continuing to stall Richard Cordray’s nomination to lead the Consumer Fin...

My Anti-Skid Consumer Slip-Up

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 05.13.2013 | Comedy
Jeffrey Shaffer

I'm an irresponsible consumer. I recently bought a common household product and failed to register the item, so if something goes wrong I probably won't get a refund or replacement. I'm talking about a shower mat -- a flexible rectangle with suction cups on the bottom.

Reward Investors in Banks That Break Up

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.07.2013 | Business
Brent Budowsky

I agree with George Will about as often as the Boston Red Sox agree with the New York Yankees, but as the law of broken clocks suggests, we must both be right at least twice a day.

How the Health Care Law Protects You

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 05.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Sebelius

Today marks the beginning of National Consumer Protection Week, which makes this the perfect time to talk about some of the new rights and protections Americans have under the Affordable Care Act.

Eleazar David Melendez

The Big Loser In The American Airlines-US Airways Merger

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 02.08.2013 | Business

Air travelers may end up losing big in a deal that would create the largest airline in the U.S., consumer advocates told The Huffington Post, after va...

Client Protection and Microfinance: Crossing a Threshold

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

The global microfinance industry realized a significant and long-awaited goal this week with the introduction of Client Protection Certification as pr...

Walmart Accused Of Scam For 2nd Year In A Row

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 01.22.2013 | Business

Sure go ahead and regift that present your friend bought for you at Walmart, but whatever you do, don't return it. The world's largest retailer is ...

How to Be Your Own Consumer Advocate in Pursuit of Products and Services Promised, Speak to the Supervisor, and Still Be Nice

Mary Crescenzo | Posted 03.20.2013 | Business
Mary Crescenzo

Have you ever gotten nowhere over the phone with a manager, consumer relations person, or an automated help-line and just given up? Next time, be nice but determined on your quest for quality on the road to consumer power.

No More Newtowns

T. Berry Brazelton, MD | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
T. Berry Brazelton, MD

Let's not allow mental illness to be further stigmatized by events like the Newtown tragedy, nor to distract us from the solutions that are closer at hand. It's a lot faster, easier, and cheaper to reduce the number of assault weapons in circulation.

Banding Together

Ralph Nader | Posted 03.13.2013 | Business
Ralph Nader

As technology has evolved, so should our expectations about how Congress and state legislatures can advance civic values and consumer interests by facilitating people banding together in effective citizen groups.

Oh No! Someone Just Walked Away With My iPad Mini!

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 02.26.2013 | Technology
Hemanshu Nigam

As you welcome your new digital gear into your home this holiday season, you will want to protect your personal information, identities and beloved technical equipment in the best way possible.

The Darker Side of Online Shopping

Richard Stephens | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
Richard Stephens

The general consensus among consumers is that online shopping is more convenient and cost-effective, as e-stores continue to slash prices in a bid to drive more and more traffic their way. Of course, not everything in life is quite that simple.

Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come

Katherine McFate | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
Katherine McFate

When the American public recognizes the way sensible standards and safeguards undergird the quality of life we all take for granted, our Christmases yet-to-come will be something grand.

Holiday Gift Cards: Better Watch Out

Chris Meyer | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Chris Meyer

For a lot of holiday shoppers, the must-buy gift this season isn't a laptop or a Lego set. It's neither a necktie nor a necklace. It's the gift card.

Trouble in Toyland

Nasima Hossain | Posted 02.09.2013 | Parents
Nasima Hossain

It's a holiday morning and kids all over the world are waking up to open their presents. Big smiles and laughter abound. What could be wrong with this picture?

Five Things Senator Elizabeth Warren Should Do Right Away

Harvey Rosenfield | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Harvey Rosenfield

Washington wants Elizabeth Warren to play the game, wait her turn, not rock the boat. Or she can damn the torpedoes and go full speed ahead in support of popular consumer reforms, at the risk of angering and alienating those who might otherwise be her allies.

5 Ways President Romney Would Screw the 47 Percent

Adam Levin | Posted 12.02.2012 | Money
Adam Levin

Mitt Romney's now-infamous statement, "My job is not to worry about those people," pretty much sums up the Republican nominee's true feelings about who he represents. And if you're in serious debt, it looks like he's talking about you too.

Obama Administration Backwards On Food Safety

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 11.14.2012 | Home
Wenonah Hauter

The 56-page 2012 Democratic Party Platform included no mention of food safety or the President's monumental signing of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

May I Practice Law... On You?

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 11.11.2012 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

Is the counselor fresh from 15 years of seeking property tax reductions for shopping centers any more qualified to represent a home buyer than a fresh-faced law graduate? Probably not, but only one of them is claiming "I have been focused on property law since 1997."

What's the Difference?

Daron Acemoglu | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Daron Acemoglu

2012-08-28-scblog2.png Though the policies advocated by Republicans and Democrats are diametrically opposed on the surface, their implications and their constituencies may be much more similar.