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Dear Congress: Don't Take Away the FTC's Best Tool for Fighting Patent Trolls

David Balto | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
David Balto

The criticism of the FTC's use of Section 5 in competition cases seems like a tempest in a teapot. This is not the time to shackle the federal agency best suited to use its enforcement powers to attack patent trolls.

I Don't Care Who Killed JFK

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

I refuse to waste my time wading into the muck of the JFK assassination controversies. It is not that I lack curiosity about American history. But nothing that I uncover would surprise me or alter my view of my country.

The FTC: a Tough Data Security Cop

David Balto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
David Balto

In Wyndham and other cases the FTC is going after practices that are grossly at odds with responsible industry standards. However, deception actions should not be the only enforcement tool.

An Open Letter to the CFPB

Bill Bartmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Bill Bartmann

Having spent a lot of time thinking about this problem, I want to offer to you five simple ideas that will suppress the "criminal enterprise", uplift families, protect the safety and soundness of the banking system and ensure a functional credit and debt collection process.

Watchdogging Private Student Loan Companies

Ethan Senack | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Ethan Senack

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's public complaints database levels the playing field for private student loan borrowers -- giving aggrieved private student borrowers true negotiating strength in a financial marketplace that is tilted toward banks.

Kate Sheppard

Toy Magnets Can Injure Kids Like 'A Gun Shot Wound To The Gut'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission argues that small, powerfully magnetic balls contained in some toys pose "an unreasonable risk of...

Kate Sheppard

Consumer Agency 'Can't Protect People' During Shutdown, Chairwoman Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Among the federal agencies hit hardest by the government shutdown is the Consumer Product Safety Commission -- an office no one pays m...

Redefining Success. Putting Money Back In Its Place.

John Hope Bryant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
John Hope Bryant

For 100 years the world has been on a fairly consistent march towards more and more free enterprise, and deeper and more sharp edged caverns of capitalism. And for approximately 80 of those years, most of the developed world was not on a bad path.

Shahien Nasiripour

Lawmakers Probe Big Banks Using Colleges To Target Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

A group of senior U.S. lawmakers has launched a probe into big banks’ relationships with universities amid concerns that students and taxpayers are ...

HCAN Report: How the Republicans Are Suppressing Obamacare Enrollment (Updated)

Ethan Rome | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Republicans have done everything they could think of to repeal, defund, undermine and otherwise disrupt Obamacare. But they've failed, and that's why they've turned to a last-ditch strategy to stop the law and take away the rights of millions of Americans to get the health care they need.

The Sharing Economy Fights Back Against Regulators

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 11.18.2013 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It's not everyday you hear about a grassroots movement that was started with the help of a technology company. You don't usually see progressive acti...

Kim Bhasin

You May Be Paying Way Too Much At Walgreens

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bhasin | Posted 09.06.2013 | Business

NEW YORK -- Consumers in Manhattan shelled out $15.99 for Claritin at a Walgreens on 5th Ave., paying $4.50 more than those who bought the allergy med...

Matt Damon Is Right

Brent Budowsky | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

When the great actor Matt Damon recently said that President Obama "broke up with me," he hit the jackpot of telling political truth in the eyes of many progressive Democrats and independents.

These Apps Will Not Educate Your Baby

Josh Golin | Posted 10.13.2013 | Technology
Josh Golin

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood filed Federal Trade Commission complaints against two leading developers of apps for babies. It's hard enough to raise young children in today's digital world without being bombarded with false advertising.

Cruise Control: Giving Cruise Passengers the Safety and Protections They Need and Deserve

Sen. Jay Rockefeller | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Before someone purchases a cruise vacation, I think they should know the potential risks of this purchase. I believe consumers need to know the true number of crimes reported on cruise ships, the limited consumer protections that exist, and safety issues that the industry has been facing.

How the GOP Hopes to Take Away Americans' Right to Collective Bargaining

Robert Creamer | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

By standing up to Republican abuse of rules in the Senate, Democrats will be standing up to the economic abuse inflicted on most Americans by a tiny minority of unelected, wealthy speculators and CEOs who think they are entitled to be "masters of the universe."

Improving Health for LGBT Americans

Sec. Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 08.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Sec. Kathleen Sebelius

On this historic day, it's important to recall that, for too long, the health concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals were pushed to the side. LGBT Americans faced limited access to health care and insurance.

Milk, Right? What's in a Label?

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 08.22.2013 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

What confusion we have in the world today! For example, ask most people where their milk comes from and they might say, "from the store." Ask them wh...

Supreme Court Approves Use of Faux Arbitration to Eliminate Consumer Rights

Katherine V.W. Stone | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business
Katherine V.W. Stone

Today the Supreme Court put another nail in the coffin of the withering body of consumer rights. In the American Express v. Italian Colors case, the Court furthered its trend that permits corporations to use arbitration to prevent consumers from challenging their unlawful conduct.

Zach Carter

Warren Pushes Back On Insurance Deregulation

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on Thursday approved new bipartisan legislation to deregulate the insurance indu...

TAFTA (Part 2): Citizens of the Food Movement, Be Prepared!

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

Given that around 26 states in the U.S. have moved to enact more comprehensive labeling requirements for GMOs, any trade measures that could threaten the rights of U.S. citizens to democratically determine higher standards in food labeling, should be opposed.

TAFTA: Code Word 'Harmonization,' a Race to the Bottom or the Top?

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 08.02.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

The majority of binding and enforceable rulings of the WTO and those of other trade bodies such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) demonstrate a consistent pattern of lowering food, environmental, labor, or consumer safety standards in behest to trade agendas.

Undocumented Consumers: Include Consumer Protection in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Norman I. Silber | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Norman I. Silber

Will Congress structure the legalization process to ensure that eligible applicants don't get detained or deported based on their efforts to hold others accountable for incompetence or fraud?

Equity Crowdfunding: Next Generation of Angel Investors Is Not Sorry to Disrupt

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 07.06.2013 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

Nikola Tesla wrote once, "The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine." I can see this being quoted by any supporter of equi...

Trade Talks Put Health Safeguards in Danger

Nasima Hossain | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Nasima Hossain

The U.S. and the European Union are beginning trade negotiations on a major new treaty designed to strengthen the lagging economies on both sides of the pond. Unfortunately, if history is any guide, the negotiations threaten to wreak havoc on our public health and safety protections.