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12 (More) Airline Regulations We Need Now

George Hobica | Posted 01.31.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Many of the airline shenanigans I hear about raise my blood pressure. And although the US DOT has recently come up with some new regulations, I think we need some other rules to protect passengers.

Even More About Airline Passenger 'Rights'

George Hobica | Posted 01.29.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

If there's a problem with your flight, does anyone have your back? Yes and no. You'd be surprised how few consumer protections you have why you fly.

Making Consumer Protection a Reality in Microfinance

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 01.23.2012 | World
Elisabeth Rhyne

Across the microfinance industry a deep examination of performance is underway, as well as work to create structures that will incentivize good practices.

REINS Act Means More Trouble In Toyland

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 01.17.2012 | Parents
Ed Mierzwinski

Child safety should not be a political or partisan issue. I have yet to hear any policy maker argue "caveat emptor" (let the buyer beware) as it relates to toddlers.

America's Moms Are Watching U.S. Senate: Pass the Safe Chemicals Act!

Jessica Alba | Posted 01.15.2012 | Parents
Jessica Alba

Every kid has the right to be safe in her home. Every mom has the right to know that the products she buys for her child are free of toxic chemicals. We have hope and faith in our political system to fix this problem, and we are counting on our U.S. Senators to get it done.

Obama's CFPB Nominee Clears First Hurdle

AP | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic-run Senate Banking Committee has approved President Barack Obama's choice to head the new Consumer Financial Protection B...

Consumers Be Damned: Senator Shelby, Captain Queeg and the Politics of No

Adam Levin | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Adam Levin

Last week's hearing on the nomination of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau featured prepared speeches that were utterly without sound and fury but still managed to do a huge disservice to American consumers.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama's Consumer Protection Nominee Ensnared In Political Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It may have been mostly for show, but the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday held its nomination hearing for Richard Cordray, President...

Improving the Odds: Winning the Fight to Rebuild the Latino Middle Class

Janet Murguía | Posted 11.05.2011 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

America has always been a nation that prides itself on rising above adversity and beating the odds. But this Labor Day, more than two years since the end of the most punishing recession since the Great Depression, American families hoping to stay in the middle class are facing long odds.

New Rules Protect Consumers From Insurance Industry Abuse

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

Beginning today, the deck is no longer stacked in insurers' favor. The next time your insurance company tries to raise your premium by double digits, they'll have to explain themselves.

Protecting Your Memories by Protecting Your Devices

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 10.26.2011 | Technology
Hemanshu Nigam

Whether we lose mobile devices at a football game or have them stolen from a table at a coffee shop, we can also lose vast amounts of personal information stored inside them.

Department Of Transportation Expands Airline Passenger Protections

Kate Hanni | Posted 10.24.2011 | Travel
Kate Hanni

For decades, the commercial airlines have successfully managed to convince the DOT that they should police themselves when it comes to how they treat passengers--essentially preventing any meaningful reforms.

Overdraft Fees Remains Steep At Big Banks One Year After Reform

AP | By CANDICE CHOI | Posted 10.04.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- The country's largest banks are still charging steep overdraft fees. A survey released Wednesday by the Consumer Federation of America fo...

Five Big Wins for Consumers, A Loss for Advocates of Delay and Distortion

Inez Moore Tenenbaum | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
Inez Moore Tenenbaum

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is celebrating a series of tremendous wins for product safety. This is government in action and government that serves the interests of consumers.

Moody's: Consumer Protection Bureau Will Be Good For Banks

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 09.25.2011 | Business

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a central component of the financial reform legislation passed last year, opened for business on July 21. It...

William Alden

Richard Cordray, A Financial Cop Known For Toughness

HuffingtonPost.com | William Alden | Posted 09.17.2011 | Business

In nominating Richard Cordray to lead the fledgling consumer protection agency, President Barack Obama has chosen a man with a reputation as a defende...

The Good Fight

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Schmock

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Albany Considering Handing Check Cashers Blank Check for Predatory Lending

Jonathan B. Mintz | Posted 09.17.2011 | New York
Jonathan B. Mintz

A very dangerous bill has made alarming progress in Albany the last few legislative sessions and I fear more of the same in the next session.

WATCH: Elizabeth Warren Testifies On Consumer Protection Bureau

Posted 09.13.2011 | Business

With the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau set to open in exactly one week, Harvard Law Professor and presidential advisor Elizabeth Warren is test...

Teachers' New Day Jobs

Dennis Danziger | Posted 09.11.2011 | Education
Dennis Danziger

The California State Assembly voted 7 to 1 in favor of putting non-medical professionals, people like me, in charge of life or death medical situations. Exactly who are they protecting?

GOP Congressman: Consumer Protection Bureau Has 'Virtually Unchecked' Power

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 07.24.2011 | Business

The Republican attack on Elizabeth Warren and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows little sign of soon fading. Continuing the months-long...

In The Public Interest: Consumers, Know Before You Owe: Help CFPB Develop New Mortgage Forms

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 07.19.2011 | Business
Ed Mierzwinski

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has rolled out two alternative two-page mortgage disclosure forms to replace longer, unclear documents in current use. The Bureau wants your help to make them better.

Michael McAuliff

GOP Blocks Bid To Make Elizabeth Warren Head Of Consumer Bureau

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans don’t even want public advocate Elizabeth Warren to head a watered-down Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. At least ...

Predatory Tactics Still Plague Auto Loans

iWatch News | David Heath | Posted 06.12.2011 | Business

After the financial crisis exposed the devastation caused by predatory lending, state and federal authorities vowed to protect consumers from practice...

America's Most Fraud-Ridden States

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 06.06.2011 | Business

mericans are preyed upon. They either do not protect their own interests or the government does not do enough to prevent fraud and identify theft. Cl...