CA News & Special Reports Archive

2017

May

31
  • Alternative data and financial inclusion (Summer 2017).
    In this issue of Consumer Action News, we examine how alternative data may affect access to credit for consumers with limited credit options. Included are the results of a poll we conducted to gauge consumer attitudes about the use of alternative data (non-loan-related information) in lending decisions.

March

08
  • Rules at Risk (Spring 2017).
    Much progress has been achieved for American consumers in recent years. But many of these protections are now at risk of repeal.

2016

October

31
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - November 2016.
    The October 2016 issue of Consumer Action's monthly newsletter brings you news of newlegislation impacting consumers in the state of California, information on our work to educate servicemembers and veterans across the country, advice for what to do when online deals disappoint and more.
03
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - October 2016.
    The October 2016 issue of Consumer Action's monthly newsletter brings you news of a Los Angeles event in support of strong rules to protect payday borrowers, advice for those impacted by for-profit vocational school closures, information about how to file a class action lawsuit, and more.

September

01
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - September 2016.
    The September issue of the Consumer Action INSIDER offers information on CFPB activities and class action lawsuits as well as updates on coalition activities. This month we also update you on our "Economic survival guide for servicemembers and veterans" trainings; explore the value (or lack thereof) of super cheap auto insurance; introduce our new report on the CFPB's consumer complaint database; and detail a couple of upcoming financial and retirement planning webinars.

August

  • Consumer Action INSIDER - August 2016.
    The August issue of the Consumer Action INSIDER offers information on CFPB activities and class action lawsuits as well as updates on coalition activities. This month we also introduce a new guide to finding the right job training school; send you a "Save the date" for our upcoming 45th anniversary in Washington, DC; tell the tale of a consumer outraged by Uber's "surge pricing"; update you on our efforts to restore your right to join class action lawsuits; and take a look back at our Healthy Children project to prevent lead poisoning and other environmental threats to children’s health.

March

15

2015

December

16
  • Credit Reporting Issue - Winter 2015.
    The credit reporting issue of Consumer Action News covers some welcome changes in reporting rules and the dispute resolution process, explains how consumers can access free credit scores and deal with delinquent debt on their reports, and throws light on the rights and challenges for job seekers and data breach victims.

October

26
  • Mobile Payments Guide - Fall 2015.
    Take out your mobile phone at checkout and presto, you've paid! There's a little more to it than that... Consumer Action’s Mobile Payments Guide details how popular mobile payment systems work and what to consider when deciding to make mobile payments.

June

18
  • Digital Estate Planning Issue - Spring 2015.
    To help consumers determine the fate of their digital assets, Consumer Action has created a free Digital Estate Planning Guide, which reveals findings from a survey of afterlife services and social media policies that offer consumers control of their online life after they die.

February

28
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - March 2015.
    The March 2015 issue of Consumer Action INSIDER features stories about our work on California legislative issues, new class actions and a look at credit scores and medical debt discussed at the most recent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau consumer advisory board meeting. Hotline Chronicles tells the tale of two consumers who had trouble getting their cell phones unlocked—a new option that major wireless carriers have agreed to provide to subscribers who are no longer under contracts.
01
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - February 2015.
    This month’s INSIDER includes 2014 complaint statistics for our free consumer hotline, the latest additions to the Class Action Database, the announcement of our just-published FY2014 annual report, and a summary of Consumer Action’s comments to the CFPB on its language access plan. Hotline Chronicles offers timely tips for avoiding a bad tax preparer and expensive tax refund products.

January

05
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - January 2015.
    This month's INSIDER features the fifth annual Consumer Action's National Conference, forced arbitration and the Hotline Chronicles. The Hotline Chronicles reviews bill collectors contacting family members.

2014

November

18
  • Specialty Consumer Reports Issue (Fall 2014).
    Consumer Action has compiled information for consumers about "specialty consumer reports.” Like credit reports, these specialized consumer reports gather details about individuals to help companies predict a customer’s risk level to a business. But the existence of these “specialty” reports is not well known among consumers, who stand to lose the most if the reports contain errors or omissions.

October

01
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - October 2014.
    This month's edition of INSIDER brings you stories about proposals to improve consumer protections for servicemembers, what to do when an ATM does not dispense cash but says it did, using online tools to improve financial security, a campaign to improve public information from complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and more.

September

  • Consumer Action INSIDER - September 2014.
    This month's INSIDER brings you article on a new consumer educational resource for service members and veterans, efforts to end mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts that keep customers from bringing disputes in court, and a campaign to ensure that used cars at a major dealer have all recalled issues repaired before sale. In addition, Hotline Chronicles features a cautionary tale about a scam in which callers pretend to be from the Internal Revenue Service to scare you into giving them bank and credit card information and we explain Consumer Action's translation services for government, non-profits and corporations.

August

  • Consumer Action INSIDER - August 2014.
    The August issue of Consumer Action INSIDER brings you news of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's field hearing in El Paso, TX last month, at which it introduced a proposal to allow consumers to publicly share the stories behind the complaints they submit to the consumer watchdog agency. Other items in the issue include an update on work we are doing to protect and strengthen the rights of career education student loan borrowers, an account of the series of trainings we conducted on financial inclusion and an introduction to a program that leverages a myriad of stakeholders to lead people out of poverty. Hotline Chronicles presents information on whether Social Security numbers are a requirement to get a credit card.

July

22
  • Medical Credit Card Survey Issue (Summer 2014).
    Being able to borrow the money for a medical or dental procedure rather than deplete savings or forgo needed care sounds like a great option—even better if the lender touts a 0% interest rate. Consumer Action surveyed seven medical credit cards and a handful of medical loan products, some of which offer “interest free” patient financing. See how they stacked up and what you need to know about deferred-interest financing promotions in the Medical Credit Card Survey issue of Consumer Action News.

June

30
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - July 2014.
    The July issue of Consumer Action INSIDER brings you stories about our Financial Inclusion trainings, employee volunteerism, a roundup of our coalition efforts, a new class action settlement in a case brought against Ticketmaster over excessive fees, and a Hotline Chronicles case of entrapment in the "jewelry of the month club." And that's not all!
02
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - June 2014.
    This month's INSIDER features stories, among others, about our new Corporate Advisory Board, addressing complaints with the Post Office, Consumer Action's recent and upcoming privacy-related activities and an action alert to press the Department of Education to ensure that vocational colleges really prepare students for "gainful employment."

March

  • Consumer Action INSIDER - March 2014.
    This month, the INSIDER brings you stories about weaknesses in the "safe harbor" for international data sharing, how a family can tackle a hefty emergency room bill, monitoring your "digital footprint", new class actions, educating seniors on health care fraud and more.

February

  • Consumer Action INSIDER - February 2014.
    This month’s INSIDER unveils our newly designed Class Action Database and features a Hotline Chronicles piece on stop payments. It also contains articles about what happened at our National Consumer Empowerment Conference in November, a look back at how our MoneyWi$e financial literacy program has evolved over the years, and our newly updated publication on sending money abroad (remittances). We’ve also added a periodic “CFPB Watch” feature to monitor all the great work being done by our colleagues at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

January

01
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - January 2014.
    Consumer Action INSIDER kicks off 2014 with stories about "advertorials' and how they deceive consumers, problems with payday loans, ID needed to open a bank account and an online forum on personal financial health after the recession.

2013

December

02
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - December 2013.
    This month's INSIDER features stories on efforts to protect military personnel and veterans from financial exploitation, our outreach to an innovative job training program in an underprivileged neighborhood of San Francisco, efforts to ensure that trade talks between the United States and the European Union don't harm consumer rights, how Consumer Action is pushing back against postal reform and how one consumer was put out by a vocational school's failure to live up to its promises.

November

01
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - November 2013.
    The November issue of Consumer Action INSIDER brings you news about three new short videos on online privacy, totals for our annual fundraiser, CARD Act misconceptions, how advocates are using technology to help consumers increase savings and reduce debt, and a look at multilevel marketing offers.
 

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