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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. Published: March 2019 Report  Executive Summary (PDF) Key Findings Recommendations Flow chart: The Private Criminal Legal [...]

Commercialized (In)Justice: Consumer Abuses in the Bail and Corrections Industry2019-03-18T14:12:47-05:00

New Report Tackles Energy System Inequities, Opportunities During the Clean Energy Transition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2019 National Consumer Law Center:  John Howat (jhowat@nclc.org); Stephen Rouzer (srouzer@nclc.org) or (202) 595-7847 Despite using the least energy, households with the least means are shouldering the greatest energy burdens WASHINGTON ― A new report, “Reversing Energy Systems Inequity: Urgency and Opportunity During the Clean Energy Transition,” examines fundamental inequities [...]

New Report Tackles Energy System Inequities, Opportunities During the Clean Energy Transition2019-03-05T15:58:06-05:00

Advocates Applaud CFPB’s Intention to Deal with PACE Loan Program Abuses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2019 National Consumer Law Center:  Stephen Rouzer (srouzer@nclc.org) or (202) 595-7847 Consumer Advocates Urge Strong Consumer Protections for Borrowers of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Loans WASHINGTON-- Today, advocates at the National Consumer Law Center applauded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for taking its first step in initiating a rulemaking to [...]

Advocates Applaud CFPB’s Intention to Deal with PACE Loan Program Abuses2019-03-04T15:16:21-05:00

Liberty Bank, the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc. And NCLC Announce Agreement to Settle Fair Housing Act Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2019 National Consumer Law Center: Jeremiah Battle, Jr. (jbattle@nclc.org) or (617) 542-8010; Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc.: Erin Kemple (860) 247-4400;  Liberty Bank: Chandler J. Howard (860) 344-7200 BOSTON-- Liberty Bank, the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc. (“Center”) and the Center’s co-counsel, the National Consumer Law Center, jointly announced today [...]

Liberty Bank, the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc. And NCLC Announce Agreement to Settle Fair Housing Act Lawsuit2019-03-04T11:28:24-05:00

Advocates Applaud Bill to Restore Access to the Courts and End Forced Arbitration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2019 National Consumer Law Center: Lauren Saunders (lsaunders@nclc.org), (202) 595-7845; Stephen Rouzer (srouzer@nclc.org), (202) 595-7847 WASHINGTON– Advocates at the National Consumer Law Center applauded today’s introduction of the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act, introduced by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA-4),which would restore access to the courts for consumers, [...]

Advocates Applaud Bill to Restore Access to the Courts and End Forced Arbitration2019-02-28T11:48:35-05:00

115th Congress (2017-18) – Archive

Access to Justice Group letter strongly opposing H.R. 3487 (diversity jurisdiction); H.R. 6730 (nationwide injunctions); H.R. 6754 (Ninth Circuit re-structuring); and H.R. 6755 (miscellaneous federal court changes), Sept. 12, 2018. Opposition Letter. H.R. 4738, Mutual Fund Litigation Reform Act., Jan. 16, 2018. Opposition letter. Coalition letter to Senate Judiciary Committe​e​ ​opposing weakening​​ ​the legal rights of individuals [...]

115th Congress (2017-18) – Archive2019-02-27T12:18:17-05:00

111th Congress (2009-2010) – Archive

Arbitration Letter supporting H.R. 1020, Arbitration Fairness Act, July 26, 2010 Bank Accounts Comments on the Treasury Department’s proposal to mandate all electronic deposits by 2013, August 16, 2010 Letter in Support of Freedom and Mobility in Consumer Banking Act (Miller), July 27, 2010 Bankruptcy Letter supporting Helping Families Save Their Homes in Bankruptcy Act, [...]

111th Congress (2009-2010) – Archive2019-02-27T12:10:49-05:00

112th Congress (2011-2012) – Archive

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau S. 3468 (Portman), Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act – oppose, Sept. 7, 2012 Letter opposing H.R. 1121 (Bachus) and H.R. 1315 (Duffy), which weakens CFPB, May 3, 2011 Credit Reporting Letters expressing concern about the harm to consumers and the preemptive effects of HR 6363 (Renacci), The Credit Access and Inclusion [...]

112th Congress (2011-2012) – Archive2019-02-27T12:15:26-05:00

113th Congress (2013-2014) – Archive

Bank Accounts H.R.3137 (Schakowsky) & S. 1534 (Harkin), Freedom and Mobility in Consumer Banking Act (Support) Consumer Financial Protection Bureau S. 2732 (Toomey),Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Examination and Reporting Threshold Act of 2014. Consumer coalition letter in opposition. H.R. 3193 (Duffy), Consumer Financial Protection and Soundness Improvement Act of 2013, a package of bills designed [...]

113th Congress (2013-2014) – Archive2019-02-27T12:16:29-05:00

114th Congress (2015-16) – Archive

Anti-Consumer Legislation Summary of anti-consumer legislation anticipated in the 114th Congress. Anti-Regulation Legislation H.R. 185 (Goodlatte), Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA). Consumer opposition letter. H.R. 427 (Young), Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2015 (REINS Act) (H.R. 427). Arbitration Letter opposing Appropriation riders that limit CFPB’s arbitration authority, May 10, 2016 Letter [...]

114th Congress (2015-16) – Archive2019-02-27T12:17:37-05:00