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How The Financial Reform Bill Affects Your Everyday Life (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (By Rachel Beck, AP) - The financial overhaul is about more than exotic derivatives and complex risk assessments. It will change how you inte...

Shahien Nasiripour

Dem-Sponsored Loophole In Financial Reform Bill Could Hurt Seniors

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

This report was updated at 6:00 p.m. ET. House Democrats provided the key votes to help adopt a measure that critics argue will hurt senior citizens ...

America's Youth Are Too Big to Fail

Gregory Cendana | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gregory Cendana

If Congress fails to act on financial reform, young people will continue to enter adulthood with suffocating debt levels, high unemployment, and few ways to help grow the economy.

Arthur Delaney

The Ballad Of Francis Timothy Coleman

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Francis Timothy Coleman first heard of "Privacy Assist" when a salesman called him at the end of 2009, saying he needed to verify Coleman's informatio...

What Do We Do When Freedom Undermines Freedom?

Alan Krinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Krinsky

In a free society, what do we do when the full expression or fulfillment of a core principle results in its own undermining or destruction? For insta...

Let Cities Put Funds Where They Want

Jonathan B. Mintz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jonathan B. Mintz

It is time to end the anticompetitive restrictions limiting local governments from depositing their funds in institutions that provide the greatest benefits to their residents.

Jury Awards Florida Couple $2.4 Million In Damages For Poison Chinese-Made Drywall

AP | CURT ANDERSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

MIAMI — A Florida couple who fled their dream home because of foul-smelling, ruinous Chinese drywall was awarded $2.4 million in damages Friday ...

Dying to Talk: Cellphones and Cancer

Sheila Shayon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Sheila Shayon

A new San Francisco law will require retailers to post information about 'specific absorption rates' on cell phones. This info must be posted "in at least 11-point type -- next to phones."

Shahien Nasiripour

Leading Senator Wants New Fed Governors Committed To Full Transparency, Consumer Protection (LETTER)

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 03.10.2010 | Business

The chair of a Senate panel overseeing the Federal Reserve wants the Obama administration to appoint Fed officials committed to transparency, consumer...

More from Consumerist regarding fake online reviews

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Craig Newmark

Hey, the folks at Consumerist are like the cutting edge of Consumer Reports, trustworthy and very smart, with attitude that people tell me the youngst...

Shahien Nasiripour

Financial Crisis Panel: Greenspan FINALLY Acknowledges Existence Of Fraud, Says Fed Can't Handle CFPA (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Scroll down for video Read HuffPost's coverage of Wednesday and Thursday's hearings of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission While former Federal ...

Arthur Delaney

Chase's Overdraft Opt-Out: Deliberately Confusing?

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Credit card reform requires banks by July to get permission before providing "overdraft protection," which hits customers with fees of $30 or more to ...

States Target Payday Lenders

AP | JONATHAN J. COOPER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

PHOENIX — When Jeffrey Smith needed some quick cash to pay a medical bill, he turned to a payday loan store near his home outside Phoenix. He e...

Chinese-Made Drywall Ruling

AP | CAIN BURDEAU and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

NEW ORLEANS — A New Orleans federal judge on Thursday awarded seven Virginia families $2.6 million in damages for homes ruined by sulfur-emittin...

Why the Fight for Financial Reform Needs to Get Much More Personal

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Arianna Huffington

When it comes to the fight over financial reform, Democrats are making the same mistake they did with health care: failing to put the effect reform would have on the lives of real Americans front and center.

Next California Attorney General Must Be Equipped to Make a "Move On" Consumer Rights Online

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

California elections are certainly not foreign to last minute gaming and "flip flops" on policy positions, especially in the weeks leading up to a co...

Chinese-Made Drywall Destroys, Poisons Homes: Now Who Pays?

AP | CAIN BURDEAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

NEW ORLEANS — Thousands of U.S. homes tainted by Chinese drywall should be gutted, according to new guidelines released Friday by the Consumer P...

JPMorgan Chase To Squeeze Credit Further In Response To New Consumer Protections

AP | EILEEN AJ CONNELLY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — JPMorgan Chase & Co. expects its credit card income to drop by up to $750 million because of recent regulations – and a lot of ...

Shahien Nasiripour

Top Bank Regulator Changes Tune, Now Calls For Independent Consumer Agency

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

This story has been updated After months of criticizing the Obama administration's proposal to create a consumer-focused agency dedicated to protecti...

Shahien Nasiripour

Bank Lobbyists Fought For Very Thing They're Now Trying To Kill, Says Elizabeth Warren

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Bank lobbyists are fighting to derail a key element of consumer protection which they fought to preserve just four years ago, threatening to kill fina...

Why are microfinance interest rates so high?

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

Americans often suffer sticker shock when they hear about interest rates charged in international microfinance. At annualized rates above 20 percent, ...

Tainted Meat Exposes US Consumers to HIV-like Virus

theGrio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
theGrio

Primate parts smuggled inside cases of fish. Suitcases stuffed with dried duiker antelope that's later sold door to door. These are the hallmarks of the unregulated, underground bushmeat trade in America.

Support troops and families with consumer protection agency

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Craig Newmark

Some of the people who need protection from financial predators are the families of troops serving overseas. The folks at Treasury are talking to tro...

Polling for Dollars: Consumer Protection and Consumer Opinion

Ray Brescia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Brescia

Should the same bank regulators who failed to stop the subprime tsunami have the sole authority to look out for consumers in the future?

Jason Linkins

Consumerist Launches 5th Annual 'Worst Company In America' Contest

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Good news for people who love brackets and hate the wicked corporations of America! Consumerist, full of March Madness, has returned for a fifth year ...