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Tag Archives: Consumer Protection

Federal, state governments allege Facebook is an illegal monopoly in major antitrust case

Excerpt: Having foolishly chosen to allow Facebook's acquisitions of Whatsapp and Instagram several years ago, the federal government is now belatedly moving to unwind those mergers as well as stop the growing power and anticompetitive behaviors of Facebook.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Technology, World Commmunity
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Democratic AGs discuss taking on Trump and building equity at Netroots Nation 2020

Excerpt: Attorneys general Phil Weiser, Xavier Becerra, Keith Ellison, and Maura Healey helped kickstart the conference with a substantive panel discussion.
Written by:Rich Erwin
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Events
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Attorney General Bob Ferguson steps up to defend access to reproductive health services

Excerpt: A stickler for the rule of law, Washington's chief law enforcement officer has repeatedly taken on the Trump regime... and won.
Written by:Richard McCartan
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Healthcare, Our Environment
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U.S. Senate passes Republican-backed bill to weaken Dodd-Frank financial reforms

Excerpt: The United States Senate voted overwhelmingly today to begin dismantling the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, approving Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's S. 2155 by a vote of sixty-seven to thirty-one.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Victory! Washington State House votes to toughen penalties for corporate crimes

Excerpt: Corporations that break the law in Washington State could soon be forced to pay more appropriate penalties for their wrongdoing thanks to the work of State Representative Mike Pellicciotti (D-30th District: Federal Way). By a vote of ninety-seven to one, the Washington State House of Representatives today voted to pass ESHB 2362, which would substantially increase fines for corporate crimes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. Senate passes $1.1 trillion, giveaway-stuffed “cromnibus” bill in late night vote

Excerpt: Ear­li­er this evening, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the Unit­ed States Sen­ate passed the mas­sive appro­pri­a­tions bill that has become known as the CRom­nibus, send­ing the leg­is­la­tion to Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma, who is pre­pared to sign it with­out delay. The final vote was fifty-six to forty; four sen­a­tors did not vote. The […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Legislative Advocacy
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Republicans (predictably) filibuster Elizabeth Warren’s bill to ease student loan debt

Excerpt: A bill spon­sored by Mass­a­chu­setts Sen­a­tor Eliz­a­beth War­ren to ease stu­dent loan debt has sad­ly become the lat­est wor­thy piece of leg­is­la­tion to be stalled in the Unit­ed States Sen­ate by the Repub­li­can Par­ty, which might as well offi­cial­ly rename itself the Par­ty of No (because that is its answer to just about every good idea). […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Education
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Scam alert! An unknown entity, the “Labor Standards Compliance Office”, is trying to sell labor posters with letters that look like bills

Excerpt: An unknown enti­ty call­ing itself the “Labor Stan­dards Com­pli­ance Office” is mass mail­ing decep­tive let­ters to Wash­ing­ton busi­ness­es and non­prof­its that appear to be bills from the gov­ern­ment, but are in real­i­ty solic­i­ta­tions for labor posters that can be freely obtained, the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute has learned. One of these sus­pi­cious-look­ing let­ters showed up this […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. House passes “Citibill” to partially roll back the Dodd-Frank Reform Act

Excerpt: Once again, some­thing is rot­ten in the peo­ple’s House. Ear­li­er today, the Repub­li­can-con­trolled U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives vot­ed two hun­dred and nine­ty-two to one hun­dred and twen­ty-two to pass H.R. 992, offi­cial­ly titled the Swaps Reg­u­la­to­ry Improve­ment Act. Like MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, we’re call­ing H.R. 992 Citibill because it was pri­mar­i­ly authored by Cit­i­group lob­by­ists. It […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Senate *finally* confirms Richard Cordray as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief

Excerpt: After months of sense­less delay, the Unit­ed States Sen­ate has final­ly con­firmed for­mer Ohio Attor­ney Gen­er­al Richard Cor­dray to serve as the Direc­tor of the Con­sumer Finan­cial Pro­tec­tion Bureau (CFPB) orig­i­nal­ly con­ceived by Eliz­a­beth War­ren and cre­at­ed by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act of 2010. By a vote of sev­en­ty-one to twen­ty-nine, the Sen­ate agreed […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Economic Security, Public Service
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Stay home and sleep in this weekend: The Black Friday madness isn’t worth it (literally!)

Excerpt: This week­end is Thanks­giv­ing week­end, tra­di­tion­al­ly one of the longest week­ends of the year (owing to Thanks­giv­ing always falling on a Thursday). It’s also tra­di­tion­al­ly the begin­ning of the Christ­mas shop­ping sea­son, and is thus a very impor­tant time of year for retailers. Since the turn of the cen­tu­ry, major retail chains have gone to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Occupy offshoot launches “Rolling Jubilee”

Excerpt: Last week an off­shoot of Occu­py Wall Street launched Rolling Jubilee, a new project billed as “a bailout for the 99%”. The project, which has been gen­er­at­ing con­sid­er­able inter­est in the finan­cial press, aims to help out ordi­nary Amer­i­cans by pur­chas­ing and abol­ish­ing their debt. It’s a nov­el idea: Banks sell debt for pen­nies on the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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After Internet outcry, Verizon backtracks, drops plans to charge $2 “convenience fee”

Excerpt: Chalk up anoth­er vic­to­ry for the Inter­net: Ver­i­zon Wire­less has decid­ed it will not insti­tute the fee for online or tele­phone sin­gle pay­ments that was announced ear­li­er this week. The com­pa­ny made the deci­sion in response to cus­tomer feed­back about the plan, which was designed to improve the effi­cien­cy of those trans­ac­tions. The com­pa­ny con­tin­ues to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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AT&T throws in the towel, abandons scheme to buy T‑Mobile from Deutsche Telekom

Excerpt: For once, fed­er­al reg­u­la­tors have done their job and stood up to Wall Street: AT&T said late on Mon­day after­noon that it had with­drawn its $39 bil­lion takeover bid for T‑Mobile USA, acknowl­edg­ing that it could not over­come oppo­si­tion from the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion to cre­at­ing the nation’s biggest cell­phone ser­vice provider. The com­pa­ny said in […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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