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National Consumer Law Center Appoints Richard Dubois as Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 14, 2016; CONTACT 

(BOSTON) The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), a nonprofit with headquarters in Boston and an office in Washington, D.C., has appointed Richard Dubois as executive director, effective January 1, 2016. The organization works for economic justice for low-income and other disadvantaged people in the United States.

Dubois succeeds Willard Ogburn, who retired at the end of 2015, after 28 years as NCLC’s executive director.

“We are very pleased with our selection of Rich Dubois as NCLC’s new executive director,” said Michael Ferry, board president of NCLC. “After a nationwide search and review of several highly qualified candidates, we are convinced that Rich has the experience, skill, and insight to maintain NCLC at the top of its field, increase still further its impact and scope, and sustain its staff as they work to protect consumers and promote the common good.”

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NCLC Report: ’Tis the Season to be Wary of Deferred Interest Credit Card Promotions Advocates Urge CFPB to Ban Deceptive Practice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 16, 2015; CONTACTS

Advocates Urge CFPB to Ban Deceptive Practice

DOWNLOAD the report, executive summary, charts, and link to an online calculator for comparing deferred interest charges at: http://bit.ly/1MfxZbW

(BOSTON) As holiday shoppers stream into stores and shopping malls, a new report by the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) warns of a lurking danger: deferred interest promotions on credit cards. Deceptive Bargain: The Hidden Time Bomb of Deferred Interest Credit Cards details the risks and abuses of these promotions that are used to promote purchases of big-ticket items.

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Coalition Calls on Seven Major Corporations to Stop Using Forced Arbitration

For Immediate Release: Dec. 10, 2015, Contacts

31 Groups Urge American Express, General Electric, JPMorgan Chase, Sears, Citigroup, Toyota and Discover to Protect Legal Rights of Customers, Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Seven major American corporations should stop requiring their customers and workers to give up their legal rights when they sign basic contracts, Public Citizen, the National Association of Consumer Advocates, and 29 national and state consumer, civil rights and citizen groups said in a letter today.
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States Urged to Step Up Protections for Online Education Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 2015, Contact: Jan Kruse This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 617-542-8010, 

States Urged to Step Up Protections for Online Education Students
Tremendous Growth in For-Profit Online Distance Learning Leaves Students at Risk

Download the policy brief, including facts on large online schools: http://bit.ly/21POxTJ

(BOSTON) Hundreds of thousands of online education students lack protections that many states provide for students attending brick-and-mortar schools. According to a new policy analysis from the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), states have largely turned their backs on online education students whose schools lack an in-state physical presence. Yet, a majority of the largest online education schools are owned and operated by the same for-profit companies that have been the subject of multiple law enforcement investigations and actions.

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Press Release: NCLC Advocates Applaud FTC Rule Banning Payment Devices Used by Scammers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 19, 2015
Contact: Lauren Saunders (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 202.595.7845

NCLC Advocates Applaud FTC Rule Banning Payment Devices Used by Scammers
CFPB and Federal Reserve Urged to Ban Remotely Created Checks in All Consumer Transactions

(WASHINGTON) Advocates of the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) praised a final rule issued yesterday by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) aimed at preventing telemarketing scammers from extracting money from people using payment devices that are tough to trace or reverse.
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Survey of State Government Payroll Cards: Thumbs Up for Cash Access and Thumbs Down on Overdraft Fees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 5, 2015 (Contacts)
READ the report, view state ratings and other supplementary materials: http://bit.ly/1WtMtAD

(WASHINGTON) Payroll cards used by many state governments to pay their employees can be a faster, cheaper, and more convenient way to receive pay than paper paychecks, according to a new report by the National Consumer Law Center. But some states allow their payroll cards to charge overdraft fees and other junk fees that eat into wages. “Every one of the 19 state payroll cards allows workers to withdraw their entire wages for free at a nearly any bank teller window, and to make one free ATM withdrawal, at least once per pay period,” said Lauren Saunders, associate director of the National Consumer Law Center and author of Rating State Government Payroll Cards.

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