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May 11, 2012 - 4:51pm | Filed under: Forced Arbitration

This week I caught up with an old friend – a German native who was visiting Washington, D.C. from Berlin; he inquired into the latest updates with U.S. Financial Regulatory Reform.  After I described the year of “...

May 4, 2012 - 6:29pm | Filed under: Debt Collection

The debt collection sector has a long history of abusive and deceptive practices against consumers, but harassing hospital patients waiting in an emergency room or recovering from surgery - this is a new low even for the most abusive debt collectors. The Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson...

May 1, 2012 - 1:53pm | Filed under: Other Areas of Interest

The National Association of Consumer Advocates is glad to announce that there is an online training library, which serves as an archive database for previous webinars.  

The idea came about as our Education and Training Department was looking for new ways to ensure that we...

April 27, 2012 - 2:04pm | Filed under: Telephone Consumer Protection Act

When the first mobile telephone was invented in 1952, few could have imagined its ...

April 20, 2012 - 5:02pm | Filed under: Student Loans

Last week, Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that the CFPB would propose a...

April 13, 2012 - 6:00pm | Filed under: Forced Arbitration

For months, consumer and employment attorneys and advocates have been trying to prove a negative – that forced arbitration agreements, block consumer and employee access to justice in that they deter consumers from asserting their rights and exculpate bad actors from truly being held...

April 4, 2012 - 2:12pm | Filed under: Student Loans

According to new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Americans 60 and older still owe about $36 billion in student loans.  More than 10 percent of those loans are...

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...

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