Consumer Protection

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FDA takes delayed action on toxic hand sanitizers

By | Henry Hintermeister
Creative Associate

After 20 deaths and numerous cases of blindness and other injuries and illnesses last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning in February for all alcohol-based hand sanitizers imported from Mexico.

Some of your friends or relatives have received two COVID-19 relief/ stimulus payments in the past year. And a third may be on the way soon. If you haven’t received anything yet and believe you should have, don’t fret.

Tips to file your tax return while avoiding fees, scams

By | Jacob van Cleef
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

You have six weeks to file your income tax return for 2020. Every year, it seems there are more issues to watch out for. 

The worst consumer problem: Fraud/identity theft

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

One in 20 people was a victim in 2019. Account takeovers, which involve a criminal gaining access to an existing account, soared by 72 percent in 2019.

A week's worth of help and tips during Consumer Protection Week

Being a consumer is a tough job. Really tough. During National Consumer Protection Week, which runs through March 6, the U.S. PIRG Education Fund staff is offering a daily dose of tips and advice to help you navigate life’s biggest consumer challenges.

Report | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Consumers in peril

U.S. PIRG Education Fund report documents that complaints to the CFPB, led by complaints about credit bureaus, set new records in 2020.

Group Letter Urging Virginia Governor To Veto Privacy Bill

Letter from leading state and national consumer and privacy groups urging Virginia Governor to veto an  industry-approved privacy law that won't protect consumers.

Group Letter Opposing Weak Industry-Backed Privacy Bill In Virginia

U.S. PIRG joined several leading privacy and consumer protection groups in a series of letters, this one sent urgently by email, to the Virginia House of Delegates urging them not to enact a weak privacy proposal that appeared to have support from Big Tech. 

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