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    that may violate the law and deny credit opportunities This work was also the subject of our recent livestream event featuring Professor Frank Pasquale and his new book The Black Box Society We ve now posted an archive of that event in 3 chapters on our Youtube page Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection PIRG Commends Supporters of Duckworth Amendment to Protect Our Troops From High Cost Loans Last night on a 32 30 bipartisan vote the House Armed Services Committee supported the Tammy Duckworth IL amendment to strike language from the National Defense Authorization Act that would have delayed Pentagon proposed improvements to the Military Lending Act of 2007 It s a critical victory for servicemembers veterans and their families although the fight to protect our troops from high cost loans will continue Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Report NJPIRG Budget Public Health Food Apples to Twinkies 2013 At a time when America faces high obesity rates and tough federal budget choices taxpayer dollars are funding the production of junk food ingredients Since 1995 the government has spent 292 5 billion on agricultural subsidies 19 2 billion of which have subsidized corn and soy derived junk food ingredients These subsidies are all the more egregious at a time when America is facing an obesity epidemic Children are three times more likely to be obese than their counterparts three decades ago Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Public Health Consumer Protection Health Care Top Twenty Pay For Delay Drugs Too often consumers are forced to shoulder a heavy financial burden or even go without needed medicine due to the high cost of brand name drugs Our research indicates that one significant cause is the practice called pay for delay which inflates the drug prices paid by tens of millions of Americans Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Public Health Consumer Protection Health Care Prescription For Danger The fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroid injections that killed 55 people to date and sickened more than 740 is one of the worst public health disasters the nation has seen in recent history The tainted injections came from a drug manufacturer doing business as a compounding pharmacy a classification which allowed them to evade the system of safety rules inspections and oversight that keep our drug supply safe Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Big Banks Bigger Fees Over the last six months state PIRG staff conducted inquiries at 250 bank and 116 credit union branches in 17 states and the District of

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  • Label GMO Foods | NJPIRG
    President Obama Senator Elizabeth Warren CFPB Director Rich Cordray Labor Secretary Tom Perez and others at AARP as the President announced his strong support for a proposed Labor Department rule to close loopholes and to require Wall Street and other financial advisors to put consumers first when they give retirement advice Wall Street has already launched a misleading attack Read more to see our statement supporting the proposal which will put billions of dollars back into retirement accounts Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Public Health Food Health Care Stop the Superbugs NJPIRG gathered outside St Michaels s Medical Center in Newark Thursday to call on the Obama Administration to immediately restrict the use of antibiotics on factory farms when animals are not sick NJPIRG Law Policy Center released a new report Ending the Abuse of Antibiotics in Livestock Production The Case for Reform Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Food Total Food Recall This report is a snapshot look from January 2011 to 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 Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Food Tax Apples to Twinkies 2012 At a time when America is facing an obesity epidemic crushing debt and a weak economy billions of taxpayer dollars are subsidizing junk food ingredients In this report we find that in 2011 over 1 28 billion in taxpayer subsidies went to junk food ingredients bringing the total to a staggering 18 2 billion since 1995 To put that figure in perspective 18 2 billion is enough to buy 2 9 billion Twinkies every year 21 for every single American taxpayer Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland The 2011 Trouble in Toyland report is our 26th annual survey of toy safety In this report we provide safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for young children and provide examples of toys currently on store

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    from genetically modified organisms GMOs on the one year anniversary of Whole Foods announcement that it will adopt labeling for all products in its stores Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Financial Reform Report Capital One Most Complained About Credit Card Company in NJ New Jersey consumers file more complaints about Capital One than any other credit card company according to a report released today by NJPIRG Law Policy Center The report which looked at data from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau s CFPB public Consumer Complaints Database also found that New Jersey consumers are 5th most likely to file credit card complaints Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Consumer Protection NJ Coalition for Affordable Power Calls On Board of Public Utilities To Reject PSE G s 3 9 Billion Energy Strong Proposal NJPIRG and the NJCAP formally announces its opposition to the PSE G Energy Strong Program and urgest the NJ BPU to reject the proposal Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last 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 many serious health problems including premature birth learning disabilities behavioral disorders asthma and allergies early puberty obesity diabetes reduced fertility and some types of cancer shows links with exposure to chemicals that can interfere with the process of growth and development Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Food Recipe for Disaster The recall of more than 500 million eggs from two Iowa egg farms is the largest but not the last of 85 recalls that have taken place in the year since food safety reform moved to the U S Senate The U S House of Representatives passed the Food Safety Enhancement Act H R 2749 on July 30 2009 However the Senate s version of the bill the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act S 510 has languished while waiting for time on the Senate s floor schedule Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2

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    Financial Protection Bureau CFPB turns 4 on July 21st To celebrate and increase public awareness of the agency U S PIRG Education Fund released a new webpage Meet the CFPB Just Ten of the Ways It Works for You Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection The CFPB is 4 years old and has a lot to show for it Ed Mierzwinski Tuesday July 21 marks four years to the day since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opened its doors to protect consumers and make financial markets work We ve summarized some of the ways CFPB works for you on a new web page Keep Reading Pages first previous 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next last News Release NJPIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform GOOD NEWS FOR CONSUMERS AND FIRMS THAT WANT TO PLAY FAIR Today s confirmation of Richard Cordray to head the CFPB for a full term is good news for consumers and for firms that want to play fair in the financial marketplace Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Budget Public Health Food Ag Subsidies Pay for 20 Twinkies per Taxpayer But Only Half of an Apple Apiece Federal subsidies for commodity crops are subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup at a rate that would buy 20 Twinkies for each taxpayer every year according to NJPIRG s new report Apples to Twinkies 2013 Comparing Taxpayer Subsidies for Fresh Produce and Junk Food Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Public Health Consumer Protection Health Care Twenty Top Generic Drugs Delayed By Industry Payoffs New Jerseyans with cancer heart disease epilepsy and other conditions have been forced to pay an average of 10 times more than necessary for at least 20 blockbuster drugs Brand drug manufacturers have made 98 billion in total sales off the drugs while the generic versions were delayed Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Public Health Consumer Protection Health Care New Report Documents A Decade Of Safety Violations By Compounding Pharmacies The contaminated drug that caused last fall s fungal meningitis outbreak killing 55 people nation wide and sickening 51 New Jerseyans is just the tip of the iceberg of an industry wide problem according to a new report released today by NJPIRG Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Blog Post Consumer Protection Coalition Launched To Protect Retirement Savings from Wall Street Loopholes Ed Mierzwinski We ve joined AARP the Consumer Federation of America AFL CIO Americans for Financial 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

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    Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection We Commend CFPB For Adding Consumer Stories To Public Complaint Database Yesterday the CFPB published the first batch 7 700 of consumer narratives or stories to the Public Consumer Complaint Database it began in 2011 We ve used the database to publish five reports so far analyzing complaint trends in markets ranging from credit cards to student loans but we have also long urged the voluntary addition of stories to the data fields Now consumers can learn if what happened to them happened to anyone else Now researchers can track which banks are more responsive to particular problems and which ignore their customers A good resource is now an excellent resource Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection Hill Threats to CFPB Escalate As CFPB Protects Consumers Servicemembers Ed Mierzwinski Today the House Appropriations Committee at the behest of both Wall Street and predatory lenders seeking to run amok will vote to eliminate the CFPB s independence from the politicized appropriations process Meanwhile over at the CFPB important work to protect consumers including servicemembers from unfair and predatory financial practices continues Keep Reading Pages first previous 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next last 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 Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection New Survey Shows Free Checking Widely Available At Small Banks A survey of hundreds of banks and credit unions in 24 states and the District of Columbia found that free checking remains available at more than 6 of 10 small banks and credit unions but was only found at one quarter of surveyed big banks The survey released today by the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group also revealed that fewer than half of branches surveyed obeyed their legal duty to fully disclose fees to prospective customers on the first request while 12 provided no fee information at all Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Food New Report American Lives at Risk from Unsafe Foods Despite government commitments to address the problem food recalls are on the rise and our food safety systems are broken according to a new report by New Jersey PIRG Contaminated food makes 48 million Americans sick every year and costs over 77 billion in aggregated economic costs Here in New Jersey in the last 21 months 121 people were made sick from foodborne illnesses linked directly to food recalls the cost of these illnesses to our state s economy was over 5 1 million Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Budget Food Tax Ag Subsidies Pay for 21 Twinkies per Taxpayer But Only Half of an Apple Apiece PARAMUS Federal subsidies for commodity crops are subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup enough to pay

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    to make scoring decisions that may violate the law and deny credit opportunities This work was also the subject of our recent livestream event featuring Professor Frank Pasquale and his new book The Black Box Society We ve now posted an archive of that event in 3 chapters on our Youtube page Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection Event 5 11 re new book on black box decisionmaking consumers Ed Mierzwinski UPDATED TO CONFIRM CFPB Speaker We are hosting an event Monday 5 11 from 9am noon ET to discuss a new book The Black Box Society with author Frank Pasquale Click Keep Reading to RSVP to attend in person or to watch the livestream While credit bureaus have long functioned as black box gatekeepers to opportunity panelists will discuss the growing use of more and more even less transparent black boxes to categorize consumers in the digital economy Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection PIRG Commends Supporters of Duckworth Amendment to Protect Our Troops From High Cost Loans Last night on a 32 30 bipartisan vote the House Armed Services Committee supported the Tammy Duckworth IL amendment to strike language from the National Defense Authorization Act that would have delayed Pentagon proposed improvements to the Military Lending Act of 2007 It s a critical victory for servicemembers veterans and their families although the fight to protect our troops from high cost loans will continue Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection U S House Considers Delay To Financial Protections for Servicemembers Veterans Ed Mierzwinski UPDATED 30 April Last year the Department of Defense proposed needed improvements to the 2007 Military Lending Act since high cost lenders were exploiting loopholes to evade the law s 36 APR cap on loans to servicemembers to make loans at 400 APR or more harming military families and threatening unit preparedness to defend the nation Now days before a committee vote predatory lenders have succeeded in convincing House Armed Services Committee leaders to insert language into the National Defense Authorization Act that would delay the DoD regulations up to a year while needless redundant studies are prepared Only in Washington Keep Reading Pages first previous 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next last 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 Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading 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

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    the bureau to close before it finalizes this important effort Here s a short blog with some photos from Richmond Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection CFPB Adds Consumer Stories to Public Complaint Database Ed Mierzwinski Today the CFPB took a step to make its excellent public database of consumer complaints even better by adding complaint narratives stories but only with the consumer s consent It s a step we ve long urged It will enrich our research into the marketplace help consumers make choices and help good actor firms avoid bad practices by others Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection As House Holds Oversight Hearing 340 Groups Call For Defense of CFPB Ed Mierzwinski Today Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray will present the CFPB s sixth semi annual report to the House Financial Services Committee whose majority members have been harsh critics of the successful consumer agency Americans for Financial Reform joined by the state PIRGs and a total of 340 national state and local groups sent Congress a letter explaining why the idea of the CFPB needs no defense only more defenders Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection FCC NET NEUTRALITY ORDER PROTECTS THE OPEN INTERNET Today the FCC took not one but two critical actions to make sure that the Internet works for everybody First it issued a Net Neutrality order guaranteeing a free and open Internet This Internet freedom order will prevent the phone and cable companies from granting fast lanes or other preferences to already powerful firms The FCC also acted to override state laws that prevented local governments from building out broadband networks to compete with the phone and cable companies Keep Reading Pages first previous 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 next last News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Consumer Protection Survey Finds 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 Keep Reading Media Hit Budget Food newjerseynewsroom com Report Federal agriculture subsidies pay for 19 Twinkies per N J taxpayer Have you received your 19 free Twinkies and quarter of an apple from the federal government yet Well ok it doesn t exactly work that way but federal subsidies for commodity crops are subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup enough to pay for 19 Twinkies per taxpayer every year according to the report Apples to Twinkies made public Thursday by New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Food Health Care Ag Subsidies Pay for 19 Twinkies per Taxpayer But Only a Quarter of an Apple Federal subsidies for commodity crops are also subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup enough to pay for 19 Twinkies per taxpayer every year according to Apples to Twinkies a new report by NJPIRG released today at Lincoln Park Community Farm Meanwhile

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    percent of the public polled supports labeling GMOs With people increasingly concerned about food choices and taking charge of their health now s the time to pass a federal law that will establish GMO labeling in the U S Issue updates 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 Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Budget Consumer Protection Advocates Call on Congress to Cut Wasteful Subsidies Not Public Priorities Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Food Recipe for Disaster The recall of more than 500 million eggs from two Iowa egg farms is the largest but not the last of 85 recalls that have taken place in the year since food safety reform moved to the U S Senate The U S House of Representatives passed the Food Safety Enhancement Act H R 2749 on July 30 2009 However the Senate s version of the bill the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act S 510 has languished while waiting for time on the Senate s floor schedule Keep Reading Pages first previous 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 View All RSS Feed Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse Of Antibiotics Stop the Highway Boondoggles Democracy For The People Label GMO Foods Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Toxic Free Communities Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Latest

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