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  • Consumer Protection | NJPIRG
    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 Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection The CFPB at Three A Child Prodigy Ed Mierzwinski 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 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 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

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  • Consumer Protection | NJPIRG
    on America s store shelves according to NJPIRG s 26th annual Trouble in Toyland report Keep Reading 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 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 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 Pages first previous 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 View All RSS Feed

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/issues/njp/consumer-protection?page=15 (2016-04-29)
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  • Consumer Protection Updates | NJPIRG
    Tops Debt Collection Complaints Debt collectors trying to collect debt from the wrong person were the top source of New Jerseyans complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB according to a report released today by the NJPIRG Law Policy Center The report also found that New Jersey consumers are 8th most likely nationwide to file complaints to the CFPB about debt collection and that debt collection is a top source of complaints Read more about Report Mistaken Identity Tops Debt Collection Complaints 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 This is the fourth 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 credit cards with the aim of uncovering patterns in the problems consumers are experiencing with their credit cards and documenting the role of the CFPB in helping consumers successfully resolve their complaints Read more about Credit Cards Consumer Complaints 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 Read more about Report Capital One Most Complained About Credit Card Company in NJ 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 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 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

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  • Toxic Free Communities | NJPIRG
    Public Protections Mike Litt The White House is expected to release its fiscal year 2017 budget proposal tomorrow U S PIRG and various state PIRGs joined a coalition of more than 100 groups that sent the following letter calling on President Barack Obama and all 535 members of Congress to oppose any federal appropriations bill that contains ideological policy riders Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Media Hit Public Health Food Rutgers NJPIRG Students help kick off campaign Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection Letter to Congress 212 Groups Call On You To Oppose HR 4018 and Support a Strong Payday Rule Keep Reading News Release N J PIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection 30th Annual Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America s store shelves according to NJ Public Interest Research Group Law Policy Center s 30th annual Trouble in Toyland report The survey of potentially hazardous toys found that despite recent progress consumers must still be wary when shopping this holiday season Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Public Health Medical Professionals Call for Action to Save Antibiotics Nearly six hundred medical and health care professionals from across the nation are calling on major restaurant chains to set strong antibiotics policies that protect public health Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection PIRGs Others Ask CFPB FTC To Investigate Experian T Mobile Data Breach In a letter sent today a number of state PIRGs and other leading privacy and consumer groups urged the CFPB and FTC to fully investigate the recent breach of an Experian subsidary that exposed 15 million T Mobile customer and applicant records to the threat of new account identity theft The letter asked whether the regulators could require Experian and the other two nationwide credit bureaus TransUnion and Equifax to give victims free security freezes to protect their credit reports Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Public Health Weak Medicine Antibiotic resistant bacteria infect more than 2 million people per year in the United States causing more than 23 000 deaths State governments the FDA and other branches of the federal government should take steps to protect human health from the antibiotic resistant bacteria that can develop on factory farms Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Public Health Food Health Care Ending the Abuse of Antibiotics in Livestock Production The following white paper outlines the case for immediate action to stop the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms and protect the long terms effectiveness of these life saving medicines Keep Reading 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

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  • Toxic Free Communities | NJPIRG
    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 News 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 Media Hit Consumer Protection How Companies Turn Your Facebook Activity Into a Credit Score This story in The Nation explains our work challenging the way data brokers use black box or secret algorithms 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 Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last 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

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  • Toxic Free Communities | NJPIRG
    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 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 News Release U S PIRG Public Health Some Good Some Bad in Obama Executive Order on Protecting Antibiotics Today President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria While the order takes several important steps necessary to control the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria it misses the opportunity to call for critical reforms in the agricultural sector that are essential to protect public health Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last 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

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  • Toxic Free Communities | NJPIRG
    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 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 Public Health Community Public Health and Labor Leaders Urge Federal Agencies to Prevent Chemical Disasters at Newark Hearing Today residents community labor and environmental leaders gathered at a federal listening session to push the Obama administration to take bold steps to reduce the danger posed to millions of people by high risk chemical facilities in the New York New Jersey metropolitan area Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Public Health Transportation New Safety Recommendations a Good Step Forward Statement of Jen Kim NJPIRG State Director on new NTSB recommendations for oil transport on trains Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Safe Energy Too Close to Home In the United States 49 million Americans receive their drinking water from surface sources located within 50 miles of an active nuclear power plant inside the boundary the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses to assess risk to food and water supplies 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 shelves that may pose potential safety hazards Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Safe Energy Unacceptable Risk American nuclear power plants are not immune to the types of natural disasters mechanical failures human errors and losses of critical electric power supplies that have characterized major nuclear accidents such as the one at Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan Indeed at several points over the last 20 years American nuclear power plants

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  • Toxic Free Communities | NJPIRG
    Blog Post Consumer Protection Court Reinstates Case Against Bank That Aided Senior Citizen Fraud Ed Mierzwinski This week the 3rd Circuit U S Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision that had denied class action status to victims of a scheme targeting senior citizens who were suing Zions Bank and its payment processor affiliates for aiding the fraudsters U S regulators led by the Department of Justice have been fighting this and similar schemes yet powerful special interests have managed to create a false narrative in Washington DC that has been picked up by opponents of consumer protection laws They falsely claim that the government s target is legitimate payday lenders and gun dealers Wrong the target is financial crimes against consumers many consumers Keep Reading Pages first previous 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next last 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 News Release NJPIRG Citizen Lobby Public Health Advocates Call On EPA for Increased Chemical Safety Security In light of recent toxic chemical spills and accidents NJPIRG called on the EPA to take action to protect the public from the dangers of high risk chemical plants Activists gathered outside the Kuehne chemical facility to release Danger In Our Backyards The Threat of Chemical Facilities to Millions a report that highlights two New Jersey plants as posing significant threats to public safety Over 12

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