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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Transportation

Statement: Senate vote heralds cleaner future, safer climate

WASHINGTON – Midway through a summer full of brutally hot weather, flash floods and worsening drought, the U.S. Senate passed the largest-ever package of climate and clean energy investments. The Inflation Reduction Act includes roughly $369 billion in climate spending, designed to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030 and put the United States’ Paris Climate Accord goals within reach. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on Friday, August 12.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Protection

Statement: Equifax must be held accountable for mishandling consumer data yet again

According to the Wall Street Journal, Equifax sent to lenders millions of incorrect credit scores for consumers applying for auto loans, mortgages and credit cards.

Why you can now have faith in good faith estimates

By | Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

Here are the steps to getting a written good faith estimate before receiving scheduled medical care. 

Update: Big Pharma's Teva To Settle In Opioid Crisis

By | Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Teva is the latest pharmaceutical manufacturer or distributor to reach a tentative settlement with states, tribes and other jurisdictions for its role in the long-running opioid crisis, which was epitomized by the billionaire Sackler family's efforts to reduce their own liability by its efforts to hide most of the family’s billions as part of the corporate bankruptcy of opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma, which the family controlled.

New list: Approaching 11th anniversary, top 11 actions CFPB recently took that anger financial industry

As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) turns 11 years old, a new list from U.S. PIRG highlights 11 ways this crucial agency has rededicated itself to its mission since Rohit Chopra was confirmed as its new director by the Senate last fall.

Top 11 actions the CFPB has taken for consumers under Director Rohit Chopra

By | Mike Litt
Director, Consumer Campaign

As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) turns 11 years old, we are highlighting 11 ways it has returned to its mission since Rohit Chopra was confirmed as its new director by the Senate last fall.

UPDATE: CFPB, OCC fine Bank of America $225 M for botching pandemic response to consumers

By | Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Today the CFPB and OCC fined Bank of America a combined $225 million for "Botched Disbursement of State Unemployment Benefits at Height of Pandemic." As the release notes, it's not the first time the big bank has been penalized for consumer law violations. We've noted the bank's previous violations, too.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Protection

Statement: U.S. PIRG joins Rep. Maloney and Sens. Booker and Warren for press conference on predatory overdraft fees

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) and Sens. Cory Booker (NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (MA) were joined by Mike Litt, U.S. PIRG’s consumer campaign director, and other advocates Tuesday to urge action on legislation to protect financial institutions’ customers from predatory overdraft fees.

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