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March 26, 2012 - 5:03pm | Filed under: Forced Arbitration

Currently, there exists a unique opportunity for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to develop and build a study that demonstrates the harms suffered by consumers under the closed door practice of forced arbitration.  That the study is happening is significant and positive sign that...

March 16, 2012 - 5:31pm | Filed under: Mortgage, Real Estate & Housing

The problem of force-placed insurance abuses is under increased scrutiny at the federal level.  Recently, Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced...

March 6, 2012 - 5:41pm | Filed under: Small Dollar Loans

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of being taken advantage of by my bank. What do I look like, an ATM? “Hmmmm… let’s see what he will pay for now.” Each year banks make more and more money from fees. Some banks (Bank of America) have reported...

March 2, 2012 - 7:38pm | Filed under: Debt Collection

In Washington, D.C., the spin machine is always working.  As a result, on some sides of advocacy issues and public policy debates, one’s relationship with the truth can be a tenuous, easily misplaced or overlooked thing on the way to achieving policy goals.  To be successful in...

February 24, 2012 - 4:56pm | Filed under: Mortgage, Real Estate & Housing

Yesterday, NACA, along with the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) released...

February 16, 2012 - 5:21pm | Filed under: Mortgage, Real Estate & Housing

Last week, State Attorneys General, working with the Department of Justice and HUD, announced a much anticipated 49 state, $25 billion settlement  that resolves their investigation into robosigning and other foreclosure...

February 13, 2012 - 2:42pm | Filed under: Forced Arbitration

Last week, after much expressed outrage and pressure, the Carlyle Group LP abandoned a plan to ban shareholders from filing class-action lawsuits after U.S. regulators threatened to...

February 7, 2012 - 7:04pm | Filed under: Mortgage, Real Estate & Housing

Last Friday, the Obama Administration...

January 27, 2012 - 6:27pm | Filed under: Telephone Consumer Protection Act

Late 2011, an important Federal statute – the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) - began to receive a lot of attention, when Members of Congress sought to weaken the TCPA by removing important consumer protections....

January 11, 2012 - 2:07pm | Filed under: Other Areas of Interest

It’s a new year and a new era for consumer protection.  Last week, President Obama appointed former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as the director of the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  This recess appointment not only gives the CFPB all its...

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