Comment Letters

April 28, 2010 | Filed under: Other Areas of Interest

This bill, which will require foreign manufacturers and producers of certain categories of consumer products to have a U.S. agent for service of process, will help consumers harmed by unsafe products to obtain redress for their injuries from the appropriate entity.

March 9, 2010 | Filed under: Other Areas of Interest

Too many passengers have been forced to endure near-record level delays, strandings, cancellations, and plunging airline customer service. While passengers have always feared being stranded on the tarmac without water or sanitary facilities, the problem has been exacerbated by airlines not having contingency plans in place to ensure basic passenger needs. This year, the Airline Passengers Bill of Rights introduced by Senators Boxer and Snowe has been included in the FAA Reauthorization bill in its entirety.

March 2, 2010 | Filed under: Other Areas of Interest

Tens of billions of U.S. dollars are sent every year by American residents to their relatives overseas. Generally American residents send substantial portions of their incomes as remittances, as these funds are provided to relatives whose situations are more dire than their own.

December 11, 2009 | Filed under: Other Areas of Interest

As the House of Representatives debates and votes on the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009, it is important to recognize the debate that is about to occur in the Senate. Sen. Christopher Dodd has introduced a strong financial regulatory reform package that would rightly establish a much-needed independent consumer protection agency. The rampant rate of foreclosures, abusive credit card practices and excessive banking fees reflect how lax consumer protection laws drive hard-working Americans into a debilitating cycle of debt that is damaging to the health of our overall economy. Consequently, Dodd must stand firm on his proposal to create a strong independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency that puts protecting the American consumer first. Daniel S. Blinn, Glastonbury •The writer is chairman of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Consumer Advocates.

October 19, 2009 | Filed under: Other Areas of Interest

On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, as well as the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, National Partnership for Women & Families, Public Citizen, National Employment Lawyers Association, and other organizations focused on protecting our nation’s civil rights laws, we write to express our strong support for the Franken Amendment to H.R. 3326, the Defense Appropriations Act for 2010 (S. Amdt. 2558). Please ensure that this amendment remains a part of the final bill as it was passed by the Senate, without being weakened.

September 9, 2009 | Filed under: Other Areas of Interest

“Consumer groups look forward to working with Chairman Chris Dodd and the entire Senate Banking Committee on enacting comprehensive financial reform that includes a strong Consumer Financial Protection Agency. Chairman Dodd’s leadership was critical in the passage of landmark credit card reforms earlier this year. The continuity of his leadership and his commitment to protecting consumers will be critical to expediting passage of strong reforms this year.”

June 4, 2009 | Filed under: Other Areas of Interest

We, the undersigned national consumer advocacy organizations, strongly support H.R. 1508, the “Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2009.” This much needed legislation restricts court-ordered secrecy on matters that impact public health and safety and keeps corporations accountable for wrongdoing they would otherwise try to hide from the public.

May 28, 2009 | Filed under: Other Areas of Interest

In nominating Judge Sotomayor, a jurist with a full range of life experiences, President Obama recognized the need to have judges who are willing to follow legal precedent and the law as it is written, while applying it fairly regardless of the political or economic power of the parties involved.

April 9, 2009 | Filed under: Other Areas of Interest

In the face of a full-blown global economic crisis, bold action is needed now by leaders in Congress, the Administration and the federal government to repair our nation’s broken financial system, establish integrity in the financial markets, and facilitate productive economic activity that benefits all segments of our communities.

March 16, 2009 | Filed under: Other Areas of Interest

On behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and the undersigned civil rights, human rights, labor, and consumer organizations, we respectfully request that you reverse the Bush administration’s position in Cuomo v. The Clearing House Ass’n, L.L.C., currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.