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FTC Sues Prepaid Company

Today, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) sued one of the biggest prepaid card providers, NetSpend. The complaint alleges that NetSpend violated sections of the Federal Trade Commission Act, a law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The FTC’s allegations include: NetSpend’s advertising said that consumers would have “immediate access” to  funds, but that was […]

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Posted by Christina Tetreault on Thursday, November 10th, 2016 | 1 Comment »


Clean Power Solutions to Serve Everyone

Low income communities and communities of color often bear the brunt of health challenges caused by air pollution from dirty emissions from power plants. These pollutants are one reason that rates of asthma and other lung diseases among children in these communities are significantly higher than in other areas of the country. They also are […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 | No Comments »


VICTORY: CFPB Issues Strong Prepaid Card Protections for Consumers

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued strong rules to protect consumers who use prepaid cards to make purchases and manage their money.   Prepaid cards look and work much like debit cards, but no bank account is required.   Over the years, we’ve raised concerns that the lack of consumer safeguards disproportionately affects low-income and […]

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Posted by Christina Tetreault on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 | 1 Comment »


Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Energy Efficiency Day

Bet you didn’t know, but October 5 is Energy Efficiency Day.  Here are a few tips to cut your energy bills, while doing your part to protect the planet. 1. Green your ride.   If you’re in the market for a car, remember to compare mpg and fuel costs–even vehicles in the same class can […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 | No Comments »


Do you know how much you pay for electricity?

Turns out, few people do. Unlike  the cost of a gallon of milk, or a gallon of gasoline, the vast majority of people know little about how much they pay for electricity per kilowatt hour (the standard unit of measure). Consumers Union’s recent survey of Virginia residents looked at their knowledge of electricity charges and […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 | No Comments »


Victory for Early Retirees’ Medi-Cal Coverage in California!

After several years of advocacy by Consumers Union and other consumer organizations, California law has now been fixed to ensure that early retirees in California (people age 55-64) will not have to put their family homes at risk if they receive health coverage through Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program serving lower-income consumers. The law goes into […]

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Posted by Angela Perry on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 | No Comments »


The Clean Power Plan is a win for consumers

Today, a panel of judges with the federal district in Washington D.C., gather to hear new arguments about the White House’s controversial Clean Power Plan. The plan, which aims to reduce pollution from power plants and expand the use of clean, renewable energy, has been placed on hold by the Supreme Court as attorneys general in […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 | No Comments »


Infographic: How Fuel Economy Standards Work

There are lots of reasons to want better fuel economy in our vehicles–saving gasoline is good for our pocketbooks, the economy, and the environment.  And the good news is, today’s cars and trucks are more fuel efficient than ever and will keep on getting better, thanks to strong federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards.  […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 | 1 Comment »


Public Supports Clean Power, Despite State-Level Maneuvering

  The Clean Power Plan is facing its most substantial legal challenge this month as the DC federal district court hears new arguments whether the plan violates federal law. The CPP, which aims to reduce pollution from power plants and expand the use of clean, renewable energy, has been placed on hold by the Supreme Court […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 | No Comments »


New York’s Strong Payroll Card Rules End Noxious Fees

This week, the New York Department of Labor released new rules that prohibit many of the fees associated with payroll cards. Payroll cards look and work much like debit cards, but are not linked to a personal bank account. Some workers report that usage fees for these cards eat into much-needed funds. Payroll card fees […]

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Posted by Christina Tetreault on Friday, September 9th, 2016 | 1 Comment »


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