Press Release Archive
Consumers score a big win at the CFPB.
Senate confirmation of Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is good news for American consumers, said Consumer Action, which has…
Consumer Action survey: Most users would recommend peer-to-peer payments to others (80% of respondents report paying no fees to send “cashless” payments).
A new survey by Consumer Action, released today, finds that consumers have expanding opportunities for making small payments to others electronically with a few…
National Lifeline Awareness Week (Consumer Action and AT&T spread word about affordable phone service for those who need it most).
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U.S. Senate stands with consumers on financial reform. U.S. Senate passes comprehensive financial reform
- Financial Reform spells a win for consumers. The U.S. House and Senate conference committee passed a final bill today that includes a bureau devoted exclusively to consumer financial protection. “Consumer Action has…
- Consumer Action Anniversary and Awards. To mark its 39th year of education and advocacy, Consumer Action celebrates today with a party and awards ceremony in San Francisco.
- Consumers need relief from debt settlement rip-offs (Consumer advocates support bills aimed at debt settlement abuses). Leading consumer advocates call on Congress to act quickly to enact S. 3264, the Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act of 2010 sponsored by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and H.R. 5387, the companion bill sponsored by Representatives Louis Gutierrez (D-IL), Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Gwen Moore (D-WI).
- Consumer Action helps you avoid travel 'gotchas' (Reasons to consider travel insurance for your next trip). During National Consumer Protection Week, Consumer Action releases information on a key financial protection to consider when traveling. The organization has devoted its new issue…
- Consumer groups warn of debt settlement trap (Groups offer debt-strapped consumers advice on getting real relief). For-profit debt settlement services can't be counted on to help consumers lighten their debt load.
- Consumer Action nationwide survey of financial literacy programs (Financial literacy programs in local communities have continued need for printed materials). Consumer Action, a national non-profit consumer education and advocacy organization, has published the results of a survey of community-based organizations (CBOs) titled "Implementation of Community-based…
- Avoid costly cell phone fees (Consider new low cost wireless plans instead of contract-based phone service). Note: A streaming audio recording of the news event will be available as of 6 p.m. EST/3 p.m. PT today. Groups call Ticketmaster merger a 'Ticket Disaster' (DOJ asked to block proposed merger). WASHINGTON, D.C.—Joined by Members of Congress, leading public interest advocates and live event industry representatives today called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to live…
- Stop evasions by credit card companies (Consumer advocates ask the Fed to stop issuers' schemes in advance of new law). Advocates from national consumer groups today will urge the Federal Reserve Board to close loopholes in its proposed rules to prohibit credit card companies from…
- Consumer Action testifies to House on credit card law abuses (Ruth Susswein calls for earlier effective date on credit card rules). Consumer Action will testify today before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee on the need for an earlier implementation date for the CARD Act. At…
- Warning: 'Clunker' double-dipping could occur (Taxpayers, car buyers should not have to pay twice). Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS), Consumer Action and Public Citizen today called upon the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to ensure, as the…
- California coalition sets August legislative priorities. Nine consumer rights organizations, including Consumer Action, have sent a letter the California Legislature outlining pro-consumer legislative priorities during the final month of the 2009…
- Groups seek crackdown on Cash for Clunkers scams (Car buyers subject to bait and switch and higher-than-usual prices). Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety and Consumer Action today urged the U.S. Department of Transportation to act to protect car buyers from Cash for…
Protections for victims of auto bankruptcies.
Consumer groups petitioned the Federal Trade Commission today, seeking warnings on approximately 30 million Chrysler vehicles produced prior to May 30, when the "New Chrysler"…
- Stipends help make communities MoneyWi$e (Consumer Action and Capital One provide small grants to local groups for consumer education). San Francisco — (March 31, 2009) – National consumer advocacy group Consumer Action and Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF) announced today that their joint…
- Consumer victory: National wreck registry is a reality. The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) will allow consumers to learn if a used car has been seriously damaged or stolen, based on information tied to the car’s vehicle identification number (VIN).
- MoneyWi$e computer based training now available in Spanish. Consumer Action and Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE:COF) today announce that their new, interactive financial education "computer based training," or eLearning course is now available…
- New credit card rules will help rebalance lopsided system (Consumer protections take effect in July 2010). For the first time, credit cardholders will have new protections against some of the most unfair and costly industry practices. New federal rules will reduce…
- ‘Gift Card Holder’s Bill of Rights’ for holiday season. Nov. 20, 2008—The National Consumers League (NCL), joined by Consumer Action and the Montgomery County (Maryland) Office of Consumer Protection, today called on issuers of…
- Poll finds consumers concerned about credit in current economy (Most Americans want to avoid taking on new debt in next 12 months, study says). A new poll released today by Consumer Action finds that consumers are beginning to feel strain in the current economy, and that many are changing how they use and plan to use credit.
- New online MoneyWi$e financial education resource (Interactive eLearning modules on personal finance topics include printable tip sheets). Consumer Action, a leading national advocacy and education organization and Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE:COF) have launched new, interactive financial education eLearning modules for consumers.…