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Consumer watchdog agency considers repealing payday lending rules

January 16, 2018 |

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has decided to reconsider a key set of rules enacted last year that would have protected consumers against harmful payday lenders.

The bureau, which came under control of the Trump administration late last year, said in a statement Tuesday that it plans…

L.A. Times – Business

Watchdog reveals how ex-Mueller agents’ anti-Trump texts came to light

December 14, 2017 |

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Special Counsel Robert Mueller were told in July that two FBI officials working on Mueller’s Russia probe had exchanged a number of anti-Trump text messages throughout the 2016 campaign, according to the Justice Department’s watchdog.
FOX News

Scary thought: Trump now gets to pick the country’s top consumer watchdog

November 15, 2017 |

After this week naming a former drug industry executive to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, President Trump now will be able to appoint his own pick to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Maybe someone from the payday lending business?

How about the former head of Wells…

L.A. Times – Business

Watchdog urges Asian summits to address rights crises

November 9, 2017 |

Human Rights Watch has urged world leaders converging for annual summits in Southeast Asia to address the region’s human rights crises led by the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and what it calls the “murderous” anti-drug crackdown in the Philippines.
FOX News

Watchdog: Mnuchin Flights Cost Taxpayer $811K

October 6, 2017 |

“Just because something is legal doesn’t make it right,” White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney said when setting down new travel rules —and it was a line that a Treasury Department watchdog decided to include in his report on Steven Mnuchin’s travel. In his review of the Treasury secretary’s controversial…

Amazon is still inflating discounts despite new name, Consumer Watchdog says

July 6, 2017 |

In a bid to promote its deals to consumers, Inc. started displaying current discounts compared to their historic price tags — a strategy that it calls the “was” price.

The “was” price was introduced as the e-commerce giant faced legal challenges and mounting criticism for allegedly exaggerating…

L.A. Times – Business

House Republicans threaten consumer watchdog with contempt of Congress

June 12, 2017 |

House Republicans this week threatened Richard Cordray, the embattled director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, with contempt of Congress, saying his agency has not complied with a demand to provide documents related to Wells Fargo & Co.’s unauthorized accounts scandal.

In a staff report…

L.A. Times – Business

Don’t trust the list prices on Amazon, Consumer Watchdog says

March 20, 2017 |

After a barrage of lawsuits directed at the online shopping industry, it appeared Amazon Inc. was starting to phase out list pricing, a controversial practice accused of deceptively inflating how much consumers save through the e-commerce giant.

But a study commissioned by Consumer Watchdog finds…

L.A. Times – Business