Not including language preference in the Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA) would be a serious setback for mainstreaming language access and for helping consumers who are not fluent in English get correct and understandable information. During the predatory lending era and the foreclosure crisis, people who were not fluent in English misunderstood or were misled because the communications were not in a language they could understand. Read More >>>
- 8/2/18 The Washington Post Is your Fitbit wrong? One woman argued hers was — and almost ended up in a legal no-man’s land by Brian Fung quotes NCLC Associate Director Lauren Saunders on how forced arbitration clauses stack the deck against consumers.
- 7/25/18 The Chronicle of Higher Education Proposed changes in Borrower-Defense Rules would make it tougher for defrauded students to get debt relief by Claire Hansen quotes NCLC attorney Abby Shafroth
- 6/28/18 Marketplace The financial crisis still isn't over for homebuyers in rent-to-own deals by Amy Scott quotes NCLC attorney Sarah Mancini about the resurgence of predatory contracts that target communities of color.
- 6/1/17 CBS Evening News (2:01 runtime)- FCC ruling could allow marketing calls to go straight to your voicemail by Anna Werner which includes an interview with NCLC Senior Counsel Margot Saunders arguing that allowing ringless voice mail robocalls without consent and without being able to tell the sender to stop are a bad idea.
- 4/25/17 News 5 Cleveland, OH, Scripps TV, (2:32 runtime) Leadership behind push to kill consumer protections for prepaid cards agreed to $53M FTC settlement by Mark Greenblatt quotes NCLC Associate Director Lauren Saunders on the need for prepaid card protections.
- 2/6/17 USA Today Protect our troops, not Wall Street op-ed by NCLC Associate Director Lauren Saunders urging President Trump to keep a strong CFPB.
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CFPB Urged to Help “Successor” Homeowners Stave off Foreclosures
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(WASHINGTON) An unsolved problem of the 2008 foreclosure crisis is the challenge faced by tens of thousands of homeowners across the nation fighting foreclosure of a home they inherited or were awarded in a divorce, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should move quickly to address the problem, according to a new National Consumer Law Center report Snapshots of Struggle: Saving the Family Home after a Death or Divorce. “Many of these family members are domestic violence survivors awarded a home in a divorce, widows, widowers, and newly single parents struggling to raise children after the death of a spouse,” says National Consumer Law Center Attorney Alys Cohen, who authored the report. “It is urgent that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau quickly finalize and implement its proposed rule to ensure these families, many already reeling from tragedy and trauma, may remain in their homes.”
National Consumer Law Center and NACBA Laud CFPB for Stopping Illegal Practices by Student Loan Servicers and U.S. Dept. of Education Debt Collectors
(BOSTON) Advocates at the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) applauded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)for taking action against debt collectors and servicers who took advantage of student loan borrowers by making illegal garnishment threats and using illegal automatic default provisions in loan contracts.
(WASHINGTON) Today, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Clyburn have announced a Lifeline proposal for consideration by the Commission at its March 31, 2016 meeting. The proposal provides a thoughtful framework for modernizing the federal low-income telecommunications discount program to include affordable broadband Internet service. “Access to the Internet is a necessity, not a luxury, and low-income households need affordable, quality 21st century communications,” said National Consumer Law Center attorney Olivia Wein.