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Record Sales of EVs in 2016 Point to Bigger Year Ahead

Electric vehicles seem poised for a big year in 2017. New data out show that EVs hit a sales record last year, with nearly 160,000 electric vehicles sold. According to Inside EVs, which tracks monthly sales of EVs, sales strengthened over the year, culminating with nearly 25,000 EVs sold in December alone, a record for […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 | No Comments »

Consumer Watchdog Goes After TCF Bank for Dicey Overdraft Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is fighting for you. Last week, the consumer watchdog sued TCF Bank for tricking consumers into pricey overdraft fees. These fees are outrageous – TCF charged about $35 for an overdraft, even if the charge was for a $5 coffee! This latest enforcement effort shows just how crucial the […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 | 2 Comments »

New Report Sheds Light on What’s Driving Up Automotive Prices

Hint: It’s not Fuel Economy standards Improving fuel economy saves consumers thousands of dollars at the pump and offers more choice of vehicles to fit their needs. But automakers and their industry lobbyists have been fighting progress on fuel economy by arguing that improving fuel efficiency makes their vehicles unaffordable for consumers. A new report […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 | No Comments »

CFPB Calls Out Two Credit Bureaus for Tricky Credit Score Sales

Consumers know that it’s important to have good credit reports and scores. However, some companies have taken advantage of these concerns and have marketed costly and sometimes worthless scores to consumers. This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) cracked down on Equifax and TransUnion, two of the “big three” credit bureaus, for allegedly misleading customers […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 | No Comments »

Green Your Ride – Steps to a more Fuel Efficient You in 2017

Want to make a resolution this New Year that saves money and helps the environment? Improving vehicle fuel efficiency can help you avoid time at the gas station and keep more money in your pocket. Below are several ideas, ranging from small to big steps, you can take to reduce fuel consumption: Quick Fixes: 5 […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 | No Comments »

New England Journal of Medicine’s research shows that Surprise Medical Bills are a nationwide problem

New research findings from the New England Journal of Medicine found that one out of five patients being seen at an emergency room in an in-network hospital is seen by an out-of-network doctor. This comes as no surprise to Consumers Union. We have been hearing heartbreaking out-of-network stories from members across the country for more […]

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Posted by Kimberly Fountain on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

Are the EPA Fuel Economy Labels Really Accurate?

For many customers searching for a new car, the big numbers on the EPA fuel economy label are often the first thing they see when browsing an auto dealer’s lot – and it’s one of the easiest ways to quickly compare the efficiency of several cars side-by-side. Consumers say that fuel economy is among their […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Monday, November 14th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

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 »

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