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  • Consumer Protection | NJPIRG
    Reform and other leading groups to support an imminent Department of Labor rule to require retirement advisors to put consumers first Wall Street brokerages and insurance companies have already launched a fierce lobbying attack since they ve been using loopholes to put themselves first to the tune of an estimated 17 billion year by pocketing what should be your retirement income Consumer Protection Read more about Coalition Launched To Protect Retirement Savings from Wall Street Loopholes Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland 2014 Among the toys surveyed this year we found numerous choking hazards and five toys with concentrations of toxics exceeding federal standards In addition to reporting on potentially hazardous products found in stores in 2014 this installment of the report describes the potential hazards in toys and children s products Read more about Trouble in Toyland 2014 The CFPB at Three A Child Prodigy Monday July 21 2014 By Ed Mierzwinski Consumer Program Director The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB turned just three years old Monday July 21st but when you look at its massive and compelling body of work you must wonder Are watchdog years like plain old dog years Is the CFPB now a full sized 21 year old adult The answer is no not yet The CFPB is still growing and developing and adding programs and projects The CFPB is however at three years old certainly a child prodigy Despite overwhelming public support however powerful special interests continue to attack it Yet the idea of the CFPB needs no defense only more defenders Consumer Protection Read more about The CFPB at Three A Child Prodigy News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Transportation Report Spirit Is Most Complained About Airline Spirit Airlines passengers are most likely to complain about their experience according to a report released today by the NJPIRG Law Policy Center Among major airlines Spirit generates the most complaints for its size and generates an increasing number of complaints each year Other most complained about firms include Frontier Airlines who recently made Trenton NJ their East Coast hub and United Airlines who recently expanded service to Atlantic City in addition to their major hub of Newark NJ Read more about Report Spirit Is Most Complained About Airline Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Transportation The Unfriendly Skies This report analyzes these consumer complaints about U S air carriers for the five year period from 2009 2013 evaluates the effectiveness of new regulations and compares airlines performance This report tracks trends in tens of thousands of consumer complaints over time finding how some airlines have improved their rankings and others have worsened We also compare consumer complaint data with other DOT data that tracks airlines on time performance and baggage handling The report finds that consumer s most complaints were about Flight Problems such as delays and cancellations Other top problems were about baggage customer service as issues with reservations bookings and boarding Over time Flight Problems account

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  • Consumer Protection | NJPIRG
    Complaints News Release NJPIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform New CFPB rules will protect homebuyers and homeowners On Friday January 10 new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB rules will go into effect that will help protect homeowners and homebuyers from the mortgage abuses that led to the housing crisis In particular consumers will get protections from lenders that make risky loans without checking a borrower s income assets or ability to repay a loan Read more about New CFPB rules will protect homebuyers and homeowners Issue Consumer Protection Food Label GMO Foods Read more about Label GMO Foods Toy Safety Tips Tuesday November 26 2013 By For 28 years NJPIRG Law Policy Center has worked to identify unsafe toys Here are our top tips to help you choose the safest toys for the children in your life Consumer Protection Read more about Toy Safety Tips News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Public Health Consumer Protection Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America s store shelves according to the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group s 28th annual Trouble in Toyland report The survey of hazardous toys found that despite recent progress consumers must still be wary when shopping this holiday season Read more about Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Public Health Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland The 2013 Trouble in Toyland report is the 28th annual NJPIRG survey of toy safety In this report NJPIRG provides safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards Read more about Trouble in Toyland News Release NJPIRG Consumer Protection NJ Coalition for Affordable Power Calls On Board of Public Utilities To

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  • Consumer Protection | NJPIRG
    evade the system of safety rules inspections and oversight that keep our drug supply safe Read more about Prescription For Danger Issue Public Health Consumer Protection Safe Energy Solid Waste Toxic Free Communities Read more about Toxic Free Communities The Supreme Court and the High Cost of Prescription Drugs Wednesday March 27 2013 By Everyone knows prescription drugs cost more than they should But many people are surprised to learn about one of the key ways drug companies keep prices high Paying off competitors to keep generics off the market On Monday the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case about this very practice Consumer Protection Health Care Read more about The Supreme Court and the High Cost of Prescription Drugs News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Food FDA Protects Public by Releasing Two Long Delayed Food Safety Rules Statement of Jennifer Kim NJPIRG State Director on the FDA s proposed new rules for food safety Read more about FDA Protects Public by Releasing Two Long Delayed Food Safety Rules News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America s store shelves according to New Jersey Public Interest Research Group s 27th annual Trouble in Toyland report Read more about Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland 2012 The 2012 Trouble in Toyland report is the 27th annual U S Public Interest Research Group PIRG survey of toy safety In this report U S PIRG provides safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards Read more about Trouble in Toyland 2012 Report NJPIRG Law Policy

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  • Consumer Protection | NJPIRG
    September 2012 at recalls that were directly linked to identified incidents of foodborne illness Failures in the rules and processes that protect our food supply have led to numerous high volume recalls over the past two years that left many New Jerseyans sickened and at least 37 Americans dead And the economic costs of the illnesses caused by food products recalled over the past 21 months come to over 5 1 million in our state Read more about Total Food Recall News Release NJPIRG Consumer Protection Testimony to Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee Supporting ACR146 The Division of Consumer Affairs adopted a waiver under Governor Christie s Executive Order No 2 that would undermine all consumer protections Read more about Testimony to Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee Supporting ACR146 News Release NJPIRG Consumer Protection Statement on Congressman Pallone s Bill to Regulate Arsenic and Lead in Juice Statement of NJPIRG Program Associate Gideon Weissman on introduction of Congressman Frank Pallone s new bill Arsenic Prevention and Protection from Lead Exposure in Juice Act of 2012 or the APPLE Juice Act of 2012 Read more about Statement on Congressman Pallone s Bill to Regulate Arsenic and Lead in Juice Resource Budget Consumer Protection Democracy Financial Reform Food Health Care Higher Ed Safe Energy Solid Waste Tax Transportation Ed s Blog Nuclear Power and the Threat to Drinking Water In the United States 49 million Americans receive their drinking water from surface sources located within 50 miles of an active nuclear power plant Keep Reading about Nuclear Power and the Threat to Drinking Water News Release NJPIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform Tis the Season For Prepaid Card Hidden Fees As consumers flock to retailers during the holiday season and as the use of prepaid cards continues to expand rapidly NJPIRG joined Senator Robert Menendez

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  • Consumer Protection | NJPIRG
    Toxic or Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America s store shelves according to NJPIRG s 26th annual Trouble in Toyland report Read more about Survey Finds Toxic or Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Consumer Protection Financial Reform Big Banks Bigger Fees PIRG staff conducted inquiries at 392 bank branches in 21 states and reviewed bank fees online in 12 others This report Big Banks Bigger Fees A National Survey of Bank Fees and Fee Disclosure Policies examines the following questions How easy is it for consumers to shop around Can consumers still find free or low cost checking accounts or has free checking ended What can the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB do to help improve transparency in the financial marketplace an important goal as consumers seek to make ends meet in response to the lingering recession Read more about Big Banks Bigger Fees News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Consumer Protection New Report Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products Increasingly Linked to Public Health Problems TRENTON April 1 2011 Serious health problems including premature birth learning disabilities behavioral disorders asthma and allergies early puberty obesity diabetes reduced fertility and some types of cancer are increasingly linked with exposure to chemicals that can interfere with the process of growth and development according to Growing Up Toxic a new report released today by the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Read more about New Report Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products Increasingly Linked to Public Health Problems Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Consumer Protection Growing Up Toxic A growing body of scientific evidence shows that the widespread use of chemicals in our society harms our health and the health of our children The incidence of

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  • House Tees Up VW Bailout and Other Attacks on Public Protections, Consumer Rights | NJPIRG
    unbalanced attempt to derail agencies missions to protect the public health and safety Rather than creating jobs growing the economy or making Americans safer these dangerous procedures would tie agencies hands with unnecessary red tape and waste valuable agency resources and taxpayer dollars The Rules Committee has also approved for immediate floor action H R 712 The Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2015 Here is the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards Factsheet The bill is designed to impede the ability of consumer and environmental groups to get consent decrees or settlements when they challenge an agency s violation of law The White House has issued a Statement of Administration Policy explaining that senior presidential staff would recommend a veto if the bill passes But wait there s more The floor package for HR 712 includes HR 690 a seemingly innocous provision requiring that agencies post 50 word summaries of proposed rules Again in Dissenting Views by Judiciary Ranking Member John Conyers MI he states the very real concern that the provision would be subject to judicial review and therefore that H R 690 would provide yet another way for opponents of a proposed rulemaking to delay or derail its finalization on the ground that a summary was somehow not in accordance with law or not in observance of procedure for example But wait there s more The floor package also includes HR 1759 the so called ALERT All Economic Regulations Are Transparent Act As committee dissenters explain H R 1759 the ALERT Act is another attack on agency rulemakings that is mischaracterized by its proponents as improving transparency H R 1759 would be unnecessarily burdensome for agencies Agencies already are required to provide status updates twice a year on their plans for proposing and finalizing rules pursuant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act and Executive Order 12866 This bill would require agencies to report monthly The bill would impose an arbitrary and unnecessary moratorium on rulemakings that would prohibit a rule from taking effect until the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs OIRA has posted certain information online for at least six months VW Bailout Finally we call your attention to another PIRG opposed bill ready for floor action this week HR 1927 The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015 Here is our 70 group letter of opposition to the House today Under the broadest interpretation of the bill s intent and effect it would wipe out the class action mechanism by requiring all victims to suffer the exact same injury or harm in type and scope So if we both have accounts at one bank and our bank s illegal practices harm me for two years for 100 and you for one year for 50 we could not join the same class If a VW Defeat Device reduces the value of my 2011 diesel by 2000 but your 2010 diesel by only 1000 we couldn t join the same class even though class actions are really

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  • Rutgers' NJPIRG Students help kick off campaign | NJPIRG
    a step in the right direction but the policy needs to be strengthened to include the substantial number of medically important antibiotics still left open for use the statement said Students at Rutgers University New Brunswick participated in the launch announcement through social media postings and tweeting photo petitions KFC that read I m a KFC lover but I m hungry for chicken raised without antibiotics among other slogans The photos were tweeted KFC with KFCsaveABX KFC is lagging far behind chains like Chick Fil A Panera Bread and others when it comes to their antibiotics policy Janelle Melecio NJPIRG Students board member said in the statement KFC will find that it s not only good for public health but that American consumers increasingly want meat that hasn t been raised on our life saving medicines Rutgers students are charged an 11 20 fee on tuition term bills that is earmarked for NJPIRG Students activities Mizrahi said The funding which totals about 530 000 per year is used for such items as campaign material and hiring full time staff she said Students vote every three years on this Mizrahi said adding students will be voting on this again in the fall Last year McDonald s announced it would stop selling chicken raised on medically important antibiotics after consumers demanded it across the country Shortly after the McDonald s announcement Tyson Foods the largest U S poultry producer committed to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in raising their birds Subway also committed to transition away from all meats raised on antibiotics starting with chicken Both commitments were major wins for public health the statement said Other groups calling on Yum Brands to make the commitment include the Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC Keep Antibiotics Working KAW Friends of the Earth

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  • Progress in 2015 and hope for the new year | NJPIRG
    to waste a PR opportunity numerous other chains such as Panera and Chipotle rallied around the end of the summer to remind customers about the raised without antibiotics options on their menus With these major chains and hundreds of thousands of consumers on board we continued to urge the restaurant chain with more locations than any other in America Subway We sent out canvassers and field staff worked with similar organizations and the media organized tens of thousands of health care professionals and made quite a racket online all to convince the eat fresh franchise that a move to meat raised without routine antibiotics was good for consumers and their business It worked Six months into our determined campaign Subway set one of the strongest commitments to meat raised without antibiotics to date As a result we ll see more major meat producers wean their operations off of antibiotics over the next few years chicken turkey beef and pork We couldn t celebrate long Shortly after Subway s announcement news of a new antibiotic resistant strain of E Coli came in from China then Denmark And reports of a particularly virulent strain of resistant CRE bacteria nicknamed the phantom menace bacteria spread across the nation These developments strengthened our drive for change Experts officials and advocates have known for decades that routine non therapeutic use of antibiotics on meat producing animals is dangerous Yet it continues The recent FDA annual report suggests it s accelerating As resistance rises with it the practice is more blatantly irresponsible than ever and must end That s why the progress we made in the marketplace is so critically important It shows that the public is not going to stand by and watch as powerful special interests willfully ignore a major public health crisis McDonald

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