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Bill would set back consumer rights in debt collection
Advocates wrote to the House Financial Services Committee to oppose a bill (HR 4550) that would exempt attorneys and law firms engaged in litigation from the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).

Aviation and passenger advocates oppose air traffic control privatization
Consumer Action joined aviation and passenger advocates renewed opposition to an air traffic control takeover by big airlines following a massive American Airlines holiday travel glitch.

Third-party ticket websites may be harming consumers
Consumer Action joined others in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission pointing to ticket-selling websites that appear to be misrepresenting their affiliation with official box offices, price-gouging and causing consumer confusion.

Save retirement rule, advocacy groups urge lawmakers
Consumer Action joined its allies in the Save Our Retirement coalition in a letter to Congressional leadership objecting to an effort to roll back Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary protections through a rider on the current spending bill.

Do not delay or revise 2016 nursing home protections
Consumer Action joined the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (Consumer Voice) and many other organizations to decry revisions and delays to 2016 rules for nursing homes.

Credit unions must follow robocall/text consent laws
When a national credit union association asked for an exemption to gaining consent of credit union customers before sending unsolicited texts and robocalls, consumer advocates cried foul, asking the Federal Communications Commission to deny the exemption request.

Consumer advocates keep the heat on multi-level marketing
In 2016, following the FTC's settlement with direct seller Herballife, the commission said it intended to provide additional guidance to the direct selling industry. In anticipation of that guidance, consumer advocates outlined some sound principles that would govern the multilevel marketing industry.

Forests bill tramples access to justice
Under the guise of improving forest management, a deceptive piece of legislation actually attack on everyday citizens’ ability to enforce the law. Consumer Action joined legal and environmental groups in a letter opposing HR 2936.

Consumers deserve more control over their credit reports
Consumer, civil rights and advocacy groups wrote to members of Congress to express opposition to the Credit Access and Inclusion Act (HR 435). This legislation, if enacted, would reduce consumers’ control over their own data by preempting state and federal privacy protections, damage the credit scores of millions of consumers with a disproportionate impact on African Americans, and conflict with long-standing state utility regulatory consumer protections.

Bill would damage credit scores of million of consumers
Consumer Action joined the National Consumer Law Center and other organizations in opposition to HR 435—legislation that would reduce consumers’ control over their own data by preempting state and federal privacy protections, damage the credit scores of millions of consumers with a disproportionate impact on African Americans, and conflict with long-standing state utility regulatory consumer protections.

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