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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 | Financial Reform

Groups Demand That CFPB Nominee Be Qualified

Prior to a Senate Banking vote on the president's nominee to become permanent director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), leading consumer, faith and civil rights organizations sent a letter to the committee describing minimum standards for a qualified director. The President's nominee, Kathy Kraninger, does not meet those standards, nor has she said that she supports the mission of the Bureau: protecting consumers.

Coalition Privacy Letter to Texas Attorney General 14 Jan 2020

In support of a report by colleagues from the Norwegian Consumer Council on whether the data sharing and privacy practices of a number of dating and other smartphone apps were in compliance with European privacy rules (GDPR), U.S. PIRG and other leading groups sent letters to key policymakers, including several state Attorneys General, the Federal Trade Commission and all members of the U.S. House and Senate. 

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.

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