A review of complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Consumer Complaint Database reveals a sharp spike in consumer complaints about auto purchasing, leasing and finance since the beginning of the pandemic.
U.S. PIRG has partnered with Marked by COVID for a national "Week of Mourning" to commemorate the Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19. Mourners are attending virtual vigils and shared testimonials on social media throughout the week in acknowledgement of lost friends, coworkers and loved ones.
Included in the windfall of CALPIRG-supported legislative victories this year are a law creating a California consumer watchdog, a first-in-the-nation ban on 12 toxic chemicals in personal care products sold in California, and a law prohibiting flavored tobacco products in the state, which Gov. Gavin Newsom signed hours after it passed the Legislature.
Facing surges in COVID-19 cases, Gov. David Ige (Hawaii) and Gov. Gavin Newsom (Calif.) have scaled back their states' reopening plans. Gov. Ige has approved a stay-at-home order for the island of Oahu, and Gov. Newsom has announced a tiered re-opening plan that places more rigorous restrictions on counties with "widespread" transmission.
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Consumer complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding vehicle loans and leases have increased sharply during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group. The analysis suggests that consumers are facing abusive and deceptive practices from the automobile lending industry.
Pandemic worsens existing consumer problems with car buying in CFPB data
Public Health Campaigns Director Matt Wellington and Dr. Syra Madad detail how people can safely gather this holiday season in the era of COVID-19.
The FDA doesn’t have the authority to stop retailers from selling dangerous over-the-counter products such as toxic hand sanitizer. Our safety system is broken, and we need to fix it.
The CDC implemented the eviction freeze on Sept. 4 to reduce the number of people on the streets who could get infected with and spread the COVID-19 virus. Landlords and other groups filed lawsuits attempting to strike down the halt on evictions, so the future of the policy remains uncertain.
In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve taken steps for all of our staff to work remotely for safety reasons. But rest assured, we’ll keep advocating for you as we work for a healthier, safer world.