NCLC in the News

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No Fooling! New Prepaid, Payroll, and Government Benefit Card Protections Take Effect April 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 28, 2019 National Consumer Law Center contacts: Lauren Saunders (lsaunders@nclc.org) or (202) 595-7845; Jan Kruse (jkruse@nclc.org) or (617) 542-8010 Download issue briefs summarizing protections for prepaid cards and accounts, payroll cards, and government benefit prepaid cards at https://www.nclc.org/issues/prepaid-debit-cards.html. (WASHINGTON) A new rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) goes [...]

No Fooling! New Prepaid, Payroll, and Government Benefit Card Protections Take Effect April 12019-04-01T10:22:01-05:00

Statement of National Consumer Law Center Staff Attorney Olivia Wein Regarding FCC Proposal to Cap Critical Universal Service Fund Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 28, 2019 National Consumer Law Center contacts: Olivia Wein (owein@nclc.org) or Jan Kruse (jkruse@nclc.org) or (617) 542-8010 (Washington) The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed to cap the Universal Service Fund programs, which provide essential funding for affordable telecommunications services for low-income households and supports affordable broadband in rural areas, and [...]

Statement of National Consumer Law Center Staff Attorney Olivia Wein Regarding FCC Proposal to Cap Critical Universal Service Fund Programs2019-03-28T10:32:53-05:00

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

President’s Proposed Budget: Poor Vision for Low-Income and Older Consumers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 18, 2019 National Consumer Law Center contact: Jan Kruse (jkruse@nclc.org) or (617) 542-8010 Trump calls for elimination of Legal Services Corp and home energy assistance; supports cuts and changes to weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Social Safety Net for Older Adults Washington – President Trump’s proposed budget  once again seeks to eliminate funding for [...]

President’s Proposed Budget: Poor Vision for Low-Income and Older Consumers2019-03-18T15:39:58-05:00

New Report Examines the Benefits and Potential Risks of Fintech Products for Consumers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 11, 2019 National Consumer Law Center contact: Jan Kruse (jkruse@nclc.org) or (617) 542-8010 National Consumer Law Center Urges Regulators and Policymakers to Maintain Consumer Protections and Proceed with Caution Download the report at: http://bit.ly/2Tx9BmG Washington – The use of technology in financial products and services (fintech) is resulting in a wide [...]

New Report Examines the Benefits and Potential Risks of Fintech Products for Consumers2019-03-11T11:19:39-05:00

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

Report:  Despite Efforts by Regulators, Credit Bureaus Still Need Serious Reform; Consumer Complaints Skyrocket and Errors Not Fixed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 25, 2019 National Consumer Law Center contacts: Jan Kruse (jkruse@nclc.org) or Chi Chi Wu (cwu@nclc.org); (617) 542-8010 National Consumer Law Center Attorney Chi Chi Wu to Testify on February 26 at U.S. House Hearing: Holding Credit Bureaus Accountable and Repairing a Broken System Download the report at: https://bit.ly/ajustre Wu’s testimony will [...]

Report:  Despite Efforts by Regulators, Credit Bureaus Still Need Serious Reform; Consumer Complaints Skyrocket and Errors Not Fixed2019-02-25T15:52:42-05:00