Consumer Protection

Stop Payday Loan Sharks: Submit Your Comment Here

By | Peter Skopec
State Director

This opportunity doesn’t come around very often: we have a chance to stop the payday loan debt trap. Submit a public comment in favor of a strong payday loan rule here.

News Release | US PIRG | Public Health, Consumer Protection

Statement: Beech-Nut to stop selling some rice cereal over arsenic concerns

Beech-Nut will stop selling all single grain rice cereal after Alaska state officials discovered high arsenic levels during routing sampling, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) said in a statement released Tuesday.

News Release | US PIRG | Public Health, Consumer Protection

Statement: CPSC vote to regulate infant sleep products will save lives

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission approved tough new standards Wednesday to regulate several infant sleep products for the first time.

News Release | WISPIRG Foundation | Consumer Protection

Report: High-cost lenders in Wisconsin favor installment loans

High-cost lenders have changed the tactics they use to gather exorbitant interest payments from Wisconsinites struggling with their finances, according to a new report, Wisconsin’s Debt Trap, released Thursday by WISPIRG Foundation. A decade after the state legislature redefined “payday loans,” only two of the top 10 high-cost lenders now offer those products, while most offer installment loans.

News Release | US PIRG Education Fund | Public Health, Consumer Protection

Statement: New FDA plan to reduce toxic metal in baby food falls short

A month after announcing a weak plan to reduce heavy metals in baby food, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new plan Thursday aimed at making baby food safer over the next several years.

Letter to Congress from 325 groups urging repeal of OCC's "True Lender" Rule

U.S. PIRG and all state PIRGs join 300+ consumer, faith and civil rights groups in letter to Congress urging repeal of the recent "True Lender" rule promulgated as a midnight regulation by the acting Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). The rule will overturn 200 years of case law and allow national banks to partner with fintechs to unleash predatory payday lending nationwide. Fully 45 states have rate caps on some installment loans. As of today, 23 March, 18 states and the District of Columbia now have caps that effectively ban predatory loans with 36% APR usury ceilings, protecting 110 million consumers. 

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