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Andrea Bopp Stark – Attorney

Andrea Bopp Stark is a staff attorney focusing on fair debt collection practices, including criminal justice debt.  She also teaches an Introduction to Consumer Rights Litigation practicum course at Boston College Law School. Andrea is a contributing author to NCLC’s Fair Debt Collection and Mortgage Servicing and Loan Modifications legal manuals.  Previously, Andrea was a partner at Molleur [...]

Andrea Bopp Stark – Attorney2019-05-29T12:22:33-05:00

Installment Loan APR Rates in Southern States: Fact Sheets

Alabama: 2-page ($500, $2,000, $10,000 loans), May 2019 Louisiana: 2-page ($500, $2,000, $10,000 loans); 1-page ($500 loan only), May 2019 South Carolina: 2-page ($500, $2,000, $10,000 loans), May 2019 Tennessee: 2-page ($500, $2,000, $10,000 loans); 1-page ($500 loan only), May 2019 Texas: 2-page ($500, $2,000, $10,000 loans); 1-page ($500 loan only), May 2019

Installment Loan APR Rates in Southern States: Fact Sheets2019-05-24T13:40:39-05:00

Elijah Peterson, Donor Engagement Manager

Elijah is responsible for engaging and informing new and existing supporters of the NCLC's work via email, social media, and other communications channels. Previously, he was a grant writer at the International OCD Foundation, a development officer at Capital Good Fund in RI, and a labor organizer for a hotel and food service workers union. [...]

Elijah Peterson, Donor Engagement Manager2019-05-29T12:20:39-05:00

The Truth about Credit Reports & Credit Repair Companies

Download PDF (Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese) What Should I Look for in My Report? You should look for the following possible problems: Are There Any Errors? If you think there is an error, like an account that is not yours, you should fill out a dispute form or write a letter explaining the [...]

The Truth about Credit Reports & Credit Repair Companies2019-05-14T11:44:39-05:00

Consumer Watchdog’s Proposed Debt Collection Rule Bites Consumers: Authorizes Harassment by Debt Collectors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 7, 2019 National Consumer Law Center contact: Jan Kruse (jkruse@nclc.org) or (617) 542-8010 Consumer Watchdog’s Proposed Debt Collection Rule Bites Consumers: Authorizes Harassment by Debt Collectors Washington – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a proposed debt collection rule today which provides numerous gifts to debt collectors with limited new protections for consumers. [...]

Consumer Watchdog’s Proposed Debt Collection Rule Bites Consumers: Authorizes Harassment by Debt Collectors2019-05-09T08:36:04-05:00

Advocates Applaud CFPB for Suing Firms Accused of Illegally Taking Upfront Fees for Credit Repair Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 3, 2019 CONTACT: National Consumer Law Center: Andrew Pizor (apizor@nclc.org) or Stephen Rouzer (srouzer@nclc.org) (202) 595-7847 Advocates Applaud CFPB for Suing Firms Accused of Illegally Taking Upfront Fees for Credit Repair Services WASHINGTON– Advocates at the National Consumer Law Center applaud the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) legal action against Lexington [...]

Advocates Applaud CFPB for Suing Firms Accused of Illegally Taking Upfront Fees for Credit Repair Services2019-05-03T13:01:41-05:00

Court Decision Signals End of Faux Tribal Payday Lending

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 24, 2019 National Consumer Law Center contacts: Jan Kruse (jkruse@nclc.org) or Lauren Saunders (lsaunders@nclc.org) Court Decision Signals End of Faux Tribal Payday Lending Washington - The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in a decision today against Think Finance and the officers of Plain Green Loans has made crystal clear that online [...]

Court Decision Signals End of Faux Tribal Payday Lending2019-04-24T12:39:07-05:00

NCLC Attorney Margot Saunders to Testify at U.S. Senate Hearing on Stopping Illegal Robocalls on April 11; Will Urge FCC to Strengthen Key Federal Privacy Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11, 2019 National Consumer Law Center Contact: Jan Kruse (jkruse@nclc.org or (617) 542-8010 NCLC Attorney Margot Saunders to Testify at U.S. Senate Hearing on Stopping Illegal Robocalls on April 11; Will Urge FCC to Strengthen Key Federal Privacy Law Robocalls increase 370% since Dec. 2015 with 5.2 billion robocalls in March [...]

NCLC Attorney Margot Saunders to Testify at U.S. Senate Hearing on Stopping Illegal Robocalls on April 11; Will Urge FCC to Strengthen Key Federal Privacy Law2019-04-11T09:14:27-05:00

New Report Documents Growing Problem of Consumer Abuses Perpetuated by Companies Profiting from Mass Incarceration

National Consumer Law Center Recommends Reforms to Mitigate Harms to Families by Private Corporations Administering Our Criminal Legal System For Immediate Release: March 20, 2019 National Consumer Law Center contact: Jan Kruse, jkruse@nclc.org or (617) 542-8010 Download the full report, including an analysis of harms, a sector-by-sector overview, graphic on the Private Criminal Legal System Cycle, and complete list [...]

New Report Documents Growing Problem of Consumer Abuses Perpetuated by Companies Profiting from Mass Incarceration2019-03-28T08:21:36-05:00

Commercialized (In)Justice: Consumer Abuses in the Bail and Corrections Industry

This National Consumer Law Center report examines the growing problem of consumer abuses by private companies profiting from the U.S. criminal legal system and mass incarceration, disproportionately affecting people of color and low-income people, and makes recommendations for reform. Report (PDF) Executive Summary (PDF) Key Findings Key Recommendations Flow chart/Infographic: The Private Criminal Legal System [...]

Commercialized (In)Justice: Consumer Abuses in the Bail and Corrections Industry2019-04-30T15:38:34-05:00