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Dress up as a death panelist for Halloween

You could dress up as a ‘death panelist’ for Obamacare this Halloween. But remember, like any good Halloween joke, just have a good laugh and move on because it isn’t real. Many myths circling the Internet these days about health reform are rooted in distortions of actual parts of the law, and this claim of […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Friday, October 26th, 2012 | 44 Comments »


Ask for Your New Health Insurance Summary During Open Enrollment

November is the peak month for employers’ open enrollment for health insurance.  You may have several plan options with your employer and you may have other options through your spouse’s employer. Perhaps you shop on your own in the individual market and its time to renew. How are you going to pick the best plan […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Friday, October 26th, 2012 | 19 Comments »


U.S. Sues Bank of America for Countrywide’s “Brazen” Mortgage Hustle

By Norma Garcia   The Washington Post reported today that the top federal U.S. prosecutor in Manhattan filed a civil lawsuit against Bank of America for more than $1 billion for mortgage fraud.  The complaint filed by the US Attorney seeks to recover damages and penalties for a scheme to defraud Fannie Mae and Freddie […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 | No Comments »


Shop with Joe the Pig

We’re making huge progress in our campaign to get Trader Joe’s to stop selling meat raised with antibiotics thanks to thousands of you that have signed petitions, taken flyers to local stores and sent emails to company execs. How else can you show your support for no-antibiotics meat?  Check out our new  ‘Joe the Pig’ […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 | No Comments »


What’s Happening to the National Mortgage Settlement Funds?

by Norma Garcia   In February 2012 The U.S. Department of Justice and Attorneys General from 49 states announced a $25 billion settlement with five major banks in the country to settle allegations of fraudulent robo-signing of mortgage documents and other abusive practices that contributed to a record number of foreclosures in recent years.     However, […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Friday, October 19th, 2012 | 2 Comments »


California Agencies Issue Alert on Loan Modification Scams

by Norma Garcia   Here is some good advice for homeowners considering a home loan modification.  The California Department of Corporations says you should beware of individuals contacting you to arrange a loan modification for a fee.  The practice of charging an advance fee to assist you in this manner has been against the law […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Friday, October 19th, 2012 | 1 Comment »


CFPB Releases Guide to New Rules on International Money Transfers

This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a guide for small businesses on its remittance rule, which will protect consumers who send money electronically to foreign countries starting February 2013.  The guide explains the key provisions of the rule and highlights important issues businesses should consider as they put the new rule into practice. Under the new […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Friday, October 19th, 2012 | No Comments »


Bill would require new reporting on antibiotics use in meat production

We already know that an estimated 80% of antibiotics sold in the US are given to livestock.  But what kind of antibiotics, in what quantities, and for what purpose? Rep. Harry Waxman (D-CA) held a press event this week announcing his plan to introduce a new bill to the House called the ‘DATA’ Act (Delivering […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 | No Comments »


New Report Finds Direct Deposit is Key to Avoiding Rising Bank Fees

The Consumer Federation of America just released a new report finding that consumers are having difficulty avoiding rising checking fees unless they directly deposit regular income checks such as paychecks, pension checks, and Social Security checks.  In a survey of the top 25 banks by number of branches,  CFA found that checking account fees and […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 | No Comments »


New CFPB Report Finds Troubling Facts About Private Student Loan Industry

 Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its first annual report on student loans, focusing on problems with the private student loan market.  The report found that borrowers were often surprised by the terms of their loans, had trouble contacting their loan servicers, and had few options for refinancing their loans. This is especially troubling, […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 | No Comments »


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