Consumer Protection

Fact Sheet: Protecting Those Who Serve

This two page fact sheet is a summary of our June 2017 report "Protecting Those Who Serve: How the CFPB Safeguards Military Members and Veterans from Abuses in the Financial Marketplace."

Court rules that people should be protected from untested pesticides

By | Kara Cook-Schultz
Director, Campaign to Ban Roundup

A groundbreaking court victory came out yesterday: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an important pesticide law and ruled that pesticides can’t be sold until they’re tested for safety. 

#KickTheCan: BPA still found in many grocery stores’ canned foods

By | Dev Gowda
Director, Campaign for Toxic-Free Products

We’re all told to watch out for BPA in drinking bottles and baby products. But how about BPA in the cans that contain our food? A recent study by Center for Environmental Health (CEH) reveals that the toxic chemical BPA is readily found in canned foods. BPAs are often used in the liners of canned food to keep the aluminum from interacting with the food.

L'Oréal: Pledge to Be Toxic-Free

Today, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (a project of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP)), and Safer Chemicals Healthy Families delivered more than 150,000 petition signatures calling on the multinational cosmetic giant L’Oréal USA to eliminate cancer causing chemicals and to disclose its secret “fragrance” chemicals. 

U.S. PIRG, along with Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS) and the Center for Auto Safety, is challenging in court recent actions by the Federal Trade Commission that put the health and safety of millions of Americans at risk. This week, we amended our previous court filings because the FTC has now filed unacceptable decrees with six, not three, used car dealers.

We've amended our petition for review against the FTC for allowing the sale of unfixed, recalled used cars

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has now filed unacceptable consent decrees with 3 more used car dealers, which we and our co-plaintiffs Center for Auto Safety and Consumers for Automobile Reliability and Safety (CARS) consider to be in violation of several provisions of law. We claim that the agency’s decisions to allow such demonstrably unsafe used vehicles to be sold to the public as “safe,” “repaired for safety issues,” or “subject to a rigorous inspection” violate several provisions of law. So we've updated our petition for review to the DC Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals to challenge a total of 6 (not 3) of the agency's actions.

We've amended our lawsuit against the FTC for allowing sale of unsafe, unrepared recalled cars

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has now filed unacceptable consent decrees with 3 more used car dealers, which we and our co-plaintiffs Center for Auto Safety and Consumers for Automobile Reliability and Safety (CARS) consider to be in violation of several provisions of law. We claim that the agency’s decisions to allow such demonstrably unsafe used vehicles to be sold to the public as “safe,” “repaired for safety issues,” or “subject to a rigorous inspection” violate the FTC Act's Section 5 prohibition against unfair and deceptive practices and other points of law. So we've updated our complaint against the FTC to challenge a total of 6 of its actions.

Last fall, a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit wrongly concluded that the leadership structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau violates the Constitution. U.S. PIRG Education Fund, along with many others, urged the full D.C. Circuit to rehear the case and correct the obvious errors in the panel’s decision. We were pleased when the D.C. Circuit agreed with our position and decided to rehear the case.

Some Tips To Protect Internet Privacy

By | Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

You may have heard that Congress just voted to take away many of your online broadband privacy protections. After a little background, we will give you some tips on how to protect what’s left.

U.S. PIRG Joins Legal Brief Defending CFPB Constitutionality

Attached is a brief, co-written by PIRG Litigation Director Mike Landis, filed today in the DC Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals, filed on behalf of U.S. PIRG Education Fund and other leading groups in support of the CFPB's constitutionality. The full circuit will hear the case en banc on May 24th, after it vacated its own 2-1 panel decision holding the CFPB's structure is unconstitutional. We filed an amicus also at the panel level. We, along with several other consumer and civil rights groups, several members of Congress and several state Attorneys General, had unsuccessfully requested party-intervenor status in the case at the panel and en banc levels.

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