Consumer Protection

Memorandum in Support of Motion for Summary Judgement

U.S. PIRG, the National Association of Consumer Advocates and Professor Kathleen Engel, represented by public interest law firm Democracy Forward, sued the Trump-era CFPB for establishing an illegal Taskforce on Federal Consumer Financial Law. Earlier this year, a U.S. District Court rejected the CFPB's motion to dismiss our claims. Our attorneys then unsuccessfully attempted good-faith settlement negotiations. On Friday, 20 August, our attorneys filed a motion for summary judgement and this memorandum describing the problems with the Taskforce and listing our claims for relief.

Comment to FRB on debit card routing rules

We support a Federal Reserve proposal to clarify that the 2010 Durbin amendment to the Electronic Fund Transfer Act requires card issuers to provide merchants with more routing choices, including onto networks not affiliated with Visa or Mastercard.

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Back to school: financial literacy tips for college students, teens

During this time of year, families are thinking about the children going back to school, and for parents who are sending their kids to college, it can be a bit overwhelming. A key to addressing those concerns is making sure their teens are prepared for “adulting” -- in other words, taking care of their own lives.

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Statement: U.S. PIRG applauds Senate introduction of the Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act

The Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act (VCFCA) was reintroduced in the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on Wednesday. This bill would limit interest rates on loans and go a long way toward protecting consumers, especially veterans, who are often victimized by predatory lenders.

PIRG, other consumer groups urge DOT Secretary Buttigieg to do more to protect consumers

Representatives of several leading U.S. consumer and traveler groups today met with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg to urge action on the most pressing consumer protection priorities affecting consumers flying commercial airlines. It was the first time representatives of consumer groups were granted a meeting with a U.S. Secretary of Transportation in nearly five years.

As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau turns 10, the future is bright

By | Mike Litt
Director, Campaign to Defend the Consumer Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau celebrated its 10th birthday last Wednesday. It begins its second decade refocused on its mission of protecting you and me after a few years of, ironically, championing shady business practices over consumers. The agency’s first decade was full of success, setbacks, and promise.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Report: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau turns 10

As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) turns 10 years old, a new report from the U.S. PIRG Education Fund recaps how the agency has helped consumers over the past decade and the steps under way to refocus the CFPB on its mission after three years of retrograde decisions under the Trump Administration.

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