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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...

December 2, 2011 - 5:03pm | Filed under: Mortgage, Real Estate & Housing

I was thrilled to see Massachusetts AG Martha Coakley file a lawsuit against five major banks and MERS for their egregious and fraudulent behavior in foreclosing on homeowners:...

November 18, 2011 - 1:51pm | Filed under: Telephone Consumer Protection Act
A couple of weeks ago, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on HR 3035 the Mobile Informational Call Act of 2011 – a dangerous bill that would open up cell phones to robocall.  We’ve already said that the bill is a wolf in sheep’s clothing
November 16, 2011 - 6:10pm | Filed under: Other Areas of Interest

In 2010 Congress took a bold and courageous move and passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act which created a new consumer cop on the beat, in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau!  Consumers and Consumer Advocates lauded this bold and necessary move.  Finally, there would be a cop on the beat whose sole interest and mandate came from the consumer.

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