Consumer Protection

Foreclosures, Failed Banks and Fees

While the financial crisis is global in scope, Ohio is one of its flashpoints. Ohio lives and families have been shattered and homes and neighborhoods shuttered due to unfair and predatory lending practices. The solution is to enact a strong federal Consumer Financial Protection Agency that reinstates federal law as a floor not a ceiling of protection and has as its primary responsibility the enforcement of consumer protection laws. A new Consumer Financial Protection Agency would regulate financial products like mortgages, car loans, payday loans and credit cards – wherever purchased -- in much the same way the Food and Drug Administration ensures the safety of our medicines or the Consumer Product Safety Commission oversees toys, electronics and other household goods. 

News Release | Ohio PIRG | Consumer Protection

Parents Beware - Many Toys Still Toxic, Hazardous

Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, Ohio Public Interest Research Group announced on Tuesday in its 24th annual Trouble in Toyland report.

Report | Ohio PIRG | Consumer Protection

Trouble in Toyland: 24th Annual Toy Safety Survey

The 2009 Trouble in Toyland report is the 24th annual Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) survey of toy safety.  This report provides safety guidelines for parents when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards. 

News Release | Ohio PIRG | Consumer Protection

Courts Recognize Bank Secrecy Must End; Does Congress?

The big banks that limped into Washington a year ago now march all over Capitol Hill with their lobbyists, fighting the financial and tax reform legislation at every turn. But the banks’ big money doesn’t seem to influence the way some judges have been ruling lately.

Report | Ohio PIRG | Consumer Protection

The Campus Credit Card Trap

Credit card lending is enormously profitable. According to annual Federal Reserve Board of Governors’ (FRB) Reports to Congress, it is the most profitable form of banking. But the credit card industry is saturated. The average adult had nearly five credit cards in 2006 and the average household received 5.7 credit card solicitations monthly in 2004, according to the 2007 FRB report.

News Release | Ohio PIRG | Consumer Protection

House Adopts Independent Ethics Oversight

The House of Representatives voted tonight to establish an independent Office of Congressional Ethics.

News Release | Ohio PIRG | Consumer Protection

House Homeland Security Committee Passes Chemical Security Legislation

We applaud Chairman Thompson and the Committee for taking action to protect our communities from dangerous chemical plants. As the Congressional Research Service report released today shows, one hundred facilities endanger more than a million people in the event of an accident or attack; more than 7000 facilities endanger thousands.

News Release | Ohio PIRG | Consumer Protection

Texas Oil Refinery Explosion Underscores Need for Safer Chemicals

The explosion at the Big Spring, Texas, oil refinery this week underscores the importance of protecting communities from releases of highly toxic chemicals. The House Homeland Security Committee is currently working to draft legislation addressing the serious issue of chemical plant security and the deliberate release of deadly chemicals.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Protection

FCC Commissioner's Remarks on U.S. PIRG's "Mixed Signals" Report

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein on "Mixed Signals: How TV Retailers Midlead Consumers on the Digital Television Transition" U.S. PIRG Report.

News Release | Ohio PIRG | Consumer Protection

Retailers Misleading Consumers on the Digital Television (DTV) Transition

Retail sales clerks are providing inaccurate or misleading information about the upcoming digital transition and these mixed signals will cost consumers time and money, according to "Mixed Signals: How TV Retailers Mislead Consumers on the Digital Television (DTV) Transition," a new report released today by U.S. PIRG.

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