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NCLC in the News

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Press Releases


Advocates Applaud Maine Legislature’s Passage of  Bill to Protect Basic Necessities from Garnishment by Debt Collectors

2021-07-01T13:56:25-05:00July 1, 2021|Categories: Media Center|

Consumer advocates applaud the passage of LD 737, An Act To Increase the Value of Property Exempt from Attachment and Execution. The bill expands minimum protections of basic needs from garnishment by debt collectors. In addition to expanding protections for family homes and vehicles, the bill provides protection for up to $3,000 in consumers’ bank [...]

Over Two Dozen Consumer Groups Urge DOE’s Granholm to Immediately Act on Long Overdue, Legally Required, Efficiency Standard for Lighting Products

2021-06-28T14:16:01-05:00June 28, 2021|Categories: Media Center|

Inefficient Light Bulbs Already Sold in 2021 Will Needlessly Cost Consumers $1.8 Billion in Lost Utility Savings Washington, D.C. – Last week, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), and 24 consumer groups from across the country urged U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Granholm to implement the efficiency standard [...]

Advocates Push for Increased Enforcement and Later Rule Sunset to Prevent Improper Foreclosures as the CFPB Issues Final Servicing Rule

2021-06-28T13:32:02-05:00June 28, 2021|Categories: Media Center|

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) released its final rule under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) related to helping homeowners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The rule contains important consumer protections to help stave off unnecessary foreclosures, but the time period for the rule’s foreclosure protections should be extended [...]

National Consumer Law Center Advocates Praise U.S. House Vote to Repeal National Banking Regulator’s Predatory Lending Rule

2021-06-24T16:42:18-05:00June 24, 2021|Categories: Media Center|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 202 National Consumer Law Center contact: Jan Kruse (jkruse@nclc.org) OCC Rule Protects High-Cost Lenders that use Rent-a-Bank Schemes to Evade State Interest Rate Laws Washington, D.C. – Advocates at the National Consumer Law Center applaud the U.S. House vote to overturn the OCC’s “fake lender” rule, which allows predatory lenders to evade [...]

National Consumer Law Center Advocates Support Education Department Giving  Loan Relief for 18,000 Former ITT Students but Urge More Action

2021-06-16T09:09:25-05:00June 16, 2021|Categories: Media Center, Uncategorized|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 16, 2021 National Consumer Law Center contact: Jan Kruse (jkruse@nclc.org) Boston - Today, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced that it will discharge the federal student loans of 18,000 former for-profit ITT Tech students who applied for borrower defenses to repayment based on significant misrepresentations made by the now-shuttered school. [...]

New Maryland Law Will Protect Low-Income Families from Overpriced Electricity and Gas 

2021-06-07T09:11:27-05:00June 7, 2021|Categories: Media Center|

Maryland Joins New York, Illinois, Connecticut, and Ohio to Rein in Abuses by Competitive Energy Supply Companies FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 7, 2021 National Consumer Law Center contact: Jan Kruse, jkruse@nclc.org Washington, D.C. – National Consumer Law Center advocates applauded Maryland’s General Assembly for passing the Energy Supply Reform Bill (SB31/HB397). The effort was led [...]

Collecting Criminal Justice Debt Through the State Civil Justice System: a Primer for Advocates & Policymakers

2021-06-02T16:24:49-05:00June 1, 2021|Categories: Debt Relief Services, Reports|

Report Appendix A: State Laws Allowing Restitution Obligation to Be Treated as a Civil Judgement Appendix B: Statutes Allowing Fines, Court Costs, or Indigent Defense Costs to Be Treated as Civil Judgements Table 1: Statutes Denying the Usual Exemption Rules to Criminal Justice Debt Table 2: At a Glance: Will Moving Collection of Criminal Justice [...]

New 50-State Survey Finds Gains and Losses for Consumers in Larger, Longer High-Cost Predatory Loans

2021-05-27T14:57:56-05:00May 27, 2021|Categories: Media Center, Uncategorized|

For Immediate Release:  May 27, 2021 National Consumer Law Center contact: Jan Kruse, jkruse@nclc.org NCLC’s Review of State Consumer Protection Laws for a $2,000 Two-Year Installment Loan and $500 Six-Month Loan   View the full report, with maps for the District of Columbia and each state’s APRs for two types of installment loans, tables outlining changes since the [...]

LDF and NCLC Urge DeKalb County, Georgia, to Delay Lifting Water Disconnection Moratorium, Implement Stronger Protections Against Shutoffs

2021-05-26T08:36:37-05:00May 26, 2021|Categories: Media Center|

Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) sent a joint letter to Michael Thurmond, Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb County, Georgia, in response to the County’s recent announcement that it will lift its water disconnection moratorium and resume disconnections on July 1, 2021. In the [...]

Advocates Cheer House Passage of Comprehensive Debt Collection Improvement Act

2021-05-18T15:17:18-05:00May 13, 2021|Categories: Media Center|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 13, 2021 National Consumer Law Center contacts: Jan Kruse (jkruse@nclc.org) or April Kuehnhoff (akuehnhoff@nclc.org) Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Comprehensive Debt Collection Improvement Act (HR 2547), sponsored by Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), which would bring much needed clarity and reforms to stop [...]