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Fact Sheet: Protecting Those Who Serve

This two page fact sheet is a summary of our June 2017 report "Protecting Those Who Serve: How the CFPB Safeguards Military Members and Veterans from Abuses in the Financial Marketplace."

Our Amicus Brief Supporting the states of Ohio et al v. American Express

All consumers pay more at the store and more at the pump because anti-competitive rules, practices and card acceptance (swipe) fees by credit companies and networks force merchants to raise prices on all consumers, including cash customers. We've been involved in Congress and the courts for years, on the side of merchants. This is U.S. PIRG Education Fund's friend of the court brief filed in the Supreme Court in support of a bi-partisan coalition of state attorneys general challenging American Express anti-steering rules that prevent merchants from advising consumers of alternative, lower-cost payment methods. We were joined by nine other leading groups, including Public Citizen, National Consumer Law Center and Consumers Union.

Resource | Higher Ed

College Groups to Congress: Don't Double Rates (Letter)

Letter from national colleges groups urging congress to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling this summer for nearly 7.5 million students. 

Resource | Tax

U.S. PIRG Delivers 34,000 Petitions to D.O.J

Photo of Mario Salazar, U.S. PIRG legistlative director and Adam Weil, Environment America Federal Conservation Advocate, delivering 34,000 petitions calling for the Department of Justice to deny BP more tax deductions for its Gulf Coast oil spill settlements.

Letter: Protecting the FTC from Special Interest Attacks

While much of our work has been in defense of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), we also support the efforts of the over-100 year old Federal Trade Commission. Recently, powerful special interests convinced the Energy and Commerce Committee to draft (and expect it to vote out soon, likely next week) legislation to severely weaken the FTC's ability to protect the public from identity theft and privacy invasions (including sloppy data security that leads to identity theft), deceptive health marketing claims by sellers of various dangerous or ineffective (or both) products and numerous other last-dollar and other frauds and schemes. We've joined over 30 leading groups in a letter opposing the so-called FTC Process and Transparency Reform Act of 2016 (HR 5510-Burgess (TX)).

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