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Jan 29, 2013, 02:01 ET States Save Unemployed Workers Millions By Reducing Prepaid Debit Card Fees

Improvements in state unemployment prepaid cards are saving unemployed workers millions in fees, according to a new survey by the National Consumer...


Sep 24, 2012, 10:46 ET NCLC: Banking Regulator Slams Urban Trust Bank, Issuer of Prepaid Card Payday Loans

The government overseer of large banks, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), has found "violations of law and regulations and unsafe...


Jul 10, 2012, 09:13 ET Tax Lien Sales: Elderly Are Losing Homes While Investors Reap Big Profits

Outdated state laws that permit local governments to sell property through a tax lien foreclosure process if the owner falls behind on property taxes ...


Jun 07, 2012, 10:00 ET Prepaid Utility Service Programs Pull the Plug on Vulnerable Customers

Prepaid utility service programs and proposals are expanding rapidly throughout the nation, putting low- and moderate-income households' health and...


May 03, 2012, 05:02 ET Bank Regulator Urged to Stop Community Choice Financial Inc., Going Public May 8, From Using Prepaid Card Payday Loans to Evade State Law

The following is a news release by National Consumer Law Center: The payday lender CheckSmart is using bank-issued prepaid cards to evade state...


Apr 11, 2012, 09:16 ET Criminal Background Checks: Rampant Errors Cost Workers' Jobs and Skirt Federal Law

Since September 11, 2001, there's been an explosion in criminal background checks for job applicants by employers, yet many reports are riddled with...


Feb 06, 2012, 10:58 ET Foreclosure Mediation Can Save Millions of Homes and Taxpayer Money

Looking for a fix to help the broken housing market? There's already a proven inexpensive solution that can help head off the predicted 10 million...


Jan 17, 2012, 11:07 ET One Last Bite: Final Year For Bank Tax Refund Anticipation Loans

A bright note for consumers as this tax season begins: This is the final year in which refund anticipation loans (RALs) will be available from banks...


Dec 09, 2011, 02:36 ET Consumer Advocates Praise FDIC Settlement to End RALs from Republic Bank & Trust

Advocates at the Community Reinvestment Association of North Carolina (CRANC), the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), and the National Consumer...


Dec 01, 2011, 12:28 ET New Report: State Oversight of For-Profit Schools Needs Major Improvement

As for-profit post-secondary schools have rapidly expanded throughout the United States, state government has frequently failed to challenge...


Sep 14, 2011, 10:49 ET Consumer Advocates Applaud H&R Block Decision to Forego RALs and Urge Republic, Jackson Hewitt and Liberty to Stop Making High Cost Loans

Consumer advocates at the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and Community Reinvestment Association of North...


May 10, 2011, 02:04 ET Prepaid Cards for Unemployed Workers: Who Holds the Winning Hand?

Many of the 13 million Americans who are unemployed are getting stung with unnecessary and poorly disclosed fees in the 40 states that use prepaid...


May 09, 2011, 03:01 ET Consumer Advocates: FDIC Action Shows RALs are Unsafe and Unsound

Consumer advocates at the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) and Consumer Federation of America (CFA) applauded the FDIC's most recent action...


Feb 23, 2011, 01:48 ET New Treasury Rule Protects Social Security, VA, Other Federal Benefits

A federal rule issued today that strengthens protections for bank accounts used to collect federal benefits is welcome news for retirees, veterans...


Feb 11, 2011, 02:46 ET Consumer Advocates Applaud FDIC Action Against Unsafe and Unsound Refund Anticipation Loans

Advocates at the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), the Community Reinvestment Association of North Carolina (CRANC), and the Consumer Federation...


Jan 31, 2011, 09:55 ET NCLC's 'Piling It On: The Growth of Proprietary School Loans and the Consequences for Students' Released Today: Link to Report Below

Many for-profit (or proprietary) schools have begun making costly private student loans, knowing in many cases that more than half of these loans...


Jan 07, 2011, 06:49 ET New Law Protects Cars, Wages, Bank Accounts from Debt Collectors

Creditors collecting debts in Massachusetts can no longer take assets that consumers need for work and to survive, including automobiles worth up to...


Jan 06, 2011, 04:08 ET Major Changes for Tax Refund Loans: Fewer Loans Available, but More Pricey

Significant developments in the refund anticipation loan (RAL) landscape will mean fewer and more expensive RALs for this upcoming tax season....


Nov 18, 2010, 12:20 ET Beyond the Credit CARD Act: Features of a Safer Credit Card

Recent reforms have curbed many credit card abuses, but credit cards can still be made considerably safer, explains a new policy brief by the...


Nov 18, 2010, 10:47 ET Congressional Fuel Aid Cuts Threaten to Leave Millions of Families in the Cold

Consumer advocates at the National Consumer Law Center and the National Community Action Foundation are calling on Congress to restore funding to the ...


Nov 18, 2010, 09:48 ET Fed Proposal Would Eviscerate Homeowners' Most Powerful Remedy to Stop Foreclosures of Illegal Loans

Hundreds of consumer, civil rights, legal services, community and labor groups and private and public interest attorneys representing homeowners,...


Nov 16, 2010, 03:33 ET Robo-Signing: Symptom of Mortgage Servicers' Lawless Attitude That Pushes Homeowners Into Foreclosure

The "robo-signing" scandal that has exposed illegal practices by servicers of mortgage loans has also showed the urgent need to reform a broken...


Nov 03, 2010, 04:38 ET FTC May Weaken Protections, Allow Debt Collectors to Target Families, Friends, Neighbors of Consumers Who Have Died

Laws that block debt collectors from seeking payments from families of consumers who have died recently could be weakened by a proposed Federal Trade ...


Oct 14, 2010, 02:05 ET NCLC Applauds End of 650% MetaBank Prepaid Card Payday Loan

MetaBank will no longer be offering its 650% payday loans on prepaid cards as a result of action by the bank's regulator, the Office of Thrift...


Aug 26, 2010, 10:30 ET HUD Wastes $1 Billion a Year on Energy, Report Finds

The federal government's failure to take easy and inexpensive steps, such as insulating walls and roofs and installing more efficient appliances,...