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  • Making Health Care Work Updates | NJPIRG
    about New Report Documents A Decade Of Safety Violations By Compounding Pharmacies 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 Health Care Gov Christie s Veto Means More Delays for Health Reform Gov Christie vetoed legislation today that would have created a health insurance exchange in New Jersey Read more about Gov Christie s Veto Means More Delays for Health Reform What s Next on Health Care Costs Friday November 9 2012 By Now that the election is over talk has turned to the need for cooperation in addressing a long list of serious issues facing the country It s a tall order and on the polarizing issue of health care working together may seem at first like an impossible task But I am hopeful that we can make significant progress together Of course there will be robust debate about the best ways to put solutions into practice and about the pace at which these solutions are to be implemented But given Americans fundamental agreement on the nature of the problem and on how to solve it we ought to be able to put the most bitter of arguments behind us and chart this course together now Health Care Read more about What s Next on Health Care Costs News Release NJPIRG Health Care Consumers Win With Supreme Court Ruling Today s decision is good news for consumers in New Jersey Read more about Consumers Win With Supreme Court Ruling News Release NJPIRG Health Care Governor s Veto Doesn t Undo Need for Health Reform Today Gov Christie brought health reform screeching to a halt in New Jersey The Governor s veto doesn t undo the need for health reform in New Jersey The Supreme Court decision won t change the fact that 1 3 million people are uninsured and thousands more are struggling to keep their families covered Read more about Governor s Veto Doesn t Undo Need for Health Reform Media Hit Health Care Assembly Committee Clears Health Insurance Exchange Bill The first in a long series of steps toward healthcare reform was taken yesterday when a bill that will introduce sweeping changes to the way insurance is sold in New Jersey was voted out of an Assembly committee Read more about Assembly Committee Clears Health Insurance Exchange Bill News Release NJPIRG Health Care Nationwide Study of New Health Exchanges Shows New Jersey How to Lower Costs For Consumers Many states are creating health exchanges to deliver better value for consumers and New Jersey should follow their lead according to Making

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  • Consumer Protection | NJPIRG
    year over 17 billion is lost from retirement savings to fees and charges according to the Council of Economic Advisors Today we submitted over 7 000 PIRG member comments urging the U S Department of Labor to finalize a strong rule requiring retirement advisors to put the interests of their customers first We also submitted a detailed expert comment of our own in the important conflicted advice rulemaking Keep Reading News Release US PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Top 10 List How the CFPB Works for Consumers The Consumer 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 News Release US PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection New Report Mortgage Problems Rank 1 at CFPB for Consumer Complaints Mortgage problems were the top source of complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB according to a report released today by the U S PIRG Education Fund The report also found that Bank of America was the most complained about company in 45 states and Washington D C for mortgage problems It s the sixth in a series of our reports analyzing nearly 500 000 complaints posted to the CFPB s Public Consumer Complaint Database Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 next last Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Public Health Consumer Protection Food A Year of Progress The past year has shown that food producers and retailers are listening to consumers desire for information and choices when it comes to GMOs It s smart business to give customers what they want and some companies are beginning to build the transparent marketplace that consumers deserve This white paper summarizes companies recent actions related to GMOs Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Financial Reform Debt Collectors Debt Complaints This is the fifth in a series of reports that review complaints to the CFPB nationally and on a state by state level In this report we explore consumer complaints about debt collection with the aim of uncovering patterns in the problems consumers are experiencing with debt collectors and documenting the role of the CFPB in helping consumers successfully resolve their complaints Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Financial Reform Credit Cards Consumer Complaints The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB was established in 2010 in the wake of the worst financial crisis in decades Its mission is to identify dangerous and unfair financial practices to educate consumers about these practices and to regulate the financial institutions that perpetuate them Keep Reading 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

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  • Consumer Protection | NJPIRG
    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 News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection PIRG Commends Release of Labor Dept s Proposed Rule To End Conflicted Retirement Advice PIRG today commended the public release of the Department of Labor s proposed rule that would strengthen the ability for Americans to save for retirement by addressing conflicts of interest that arise when brokers and financial advisers give retirement advice Wall Street will fight the rule hard because it requires them to put consumers first 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 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 next last 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 Columbia and reviewed bank fees online in these and 7 other states This report addresses the following questions How easy is it for consumers to shop around for financial services Are banks complying with current fee disclosure requirements Can consumers still find free or low cost checking accounts or has free checking ended Keep Reading 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

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  • Consumer Protection | NJPIRG
    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 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 News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Public Health Consumer Protection Food NJ Consumers Call on Stop Shop to Label GMOs On Anniversary of Whole Foods Labeling Commitment Consumers and advocates launched a campaign calling on Stop Shop to label its store brand products for ingredients derived 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 Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 next last 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 Keep Reading 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

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  • Consumer Protection | NJPIRG
    on how it works for you and how we at PIRG use its data to produce reports such as our new report on mortgage complaints to the CFPB We ve also got some photos from the Americans for Financial Reform CFPB at 4 event Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last 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 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 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 Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 next last 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 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

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  • Consumer Protection | NJPIRG
    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 Blog Post Consumer Protection Data Breach Here Data Breach There Data Breach Everywhere Ed Mierzwinski UPDATED 10 June Re DHS Breach If you shop with plastic have health insurance pay taxes work for the federal government or fill in blank you re at risk of a data breach And with so much information about you already available on the Internet it s best not to select easy search security questions like Where were you born or answers like Pizza What s your best defense against identity theft No it isn t credit monitoring it s a security freeze Keep Reading Pages first previous 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next last 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 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

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  • Consumer Protection | NJPIRG
    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 News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection PIRG Commends Release of Labor Dept s Proposed Rule To End Conflicted Retirement Advice PIRG today commended the public release of the Department of Labor s proposed rule that would strengthen the ability for Americans to save for retirement by addressing conflicts of interest that arise when brokers and financial advisers give retirement advice Wall Street will fight the rule hard because it requires them to put consumers first Keep Reading Pages first previous 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next last 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 rapidly NJPIRG joined Senator Robert Menendez D NJ to introduce The Prepaid Card Consumer Protection Act to curb hidden fees associated with many of these cards Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform NJPIRG and NJCA React to CFPB Vote Wall Street won a victory over hard working consumers today By blocking a vote to confirm Richard Cordray as director of

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  • Consumer Protection | NJPIRG
    contains potential loopholes that we and other advocates will urge 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 News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection USPIRG Commends Department of Labor s Rule On Conflicted Retirement Advice Today we joined 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 Pages first previous 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next last 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

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