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After 26 years of citizens footing the bill for polluters’ messes, the hazardous chemical industry will finally be held accountable for the cost of cleaning up toxic pollution the industry creates. 

Newly passed legislation spotlights the unsung heroes of renewable energy

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Exploding airbag that sends shrapnel into passengers? Pickup truck that catches fire for no reason? These are just a few of the safety recalls that could endanger you or your family if unrepaired. Under federal law, you can’t buy a new car with an unrepaired or “open” safety recall, but thanks to FTC consent orders with GM and some mega-car dealers, you can buy a used car with open safety recalls. So we sued the FTC in 2017. We're still in court. Learn more.

Photo credit: Shutterstock photo by Anastasiya Aleksandrenko. 

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Today, the Task Force on Financial Technology of the House Financial Services Committee holds a hearing titled “Buy Now, Pay More Later? Investigating Risks and Benefits of BNPL and Other Emerging Fintech Cash Flow Products.” Learn more.

Image of hand and smartphone "Sezzle" courtesy The Focal Project via Flickr, some rights reserved.

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Mike Litt
Director, Campaign to Defend the Consumer Bureau

Even with the knowledge I’ve gained working as a consumer advocate for several years, getting my finances in order has been a work in progress. 

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

In testimony this morning before the House and tomorrow morning before the Senate, newly-confirmed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) director Rohit Chopra will lay out his vision for the federal financial agency with just one job, protecting consumers.

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Mike Litt
Director, Campaign to Defend the Consumer Bureau

Until recently, I did not have estate and end-of-life planning in mind, but it was the natural next step in my quest to be a responsible adult, with a nudge from the existential threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mike Litt
Director, Campaign to Defend the Consumer Bureau

Advance directives are legal instructions that include a living will (different from a regular will) and a health care proxy. In them, you state what treatments you do or don’t want at the end of your life and who you want making health care decisions for you if you can’t.