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2019

October

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  • Zombie debts are hounding struggling Americans. Tens of thousands of people have received demands to repay alleged overpayments of government benefits – often decades old – plunging them into a Kafkaesque struggle against a faceless bureaucracy.
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  • Why are people sleeping in stacked pods?. Space-maximizing pod housing makes up a tiny part of the city’s overall housing mix, but it quietly is popping up in neighborhoods all around Los Angeles (and other big cities) right now. In
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  • Common retiree scams. As baby boomers prepare for the biggest wealth transfer in history, the vultures are circling. This is no surprise, given that nearly half of Americans age 65 or older manage their finances on their own, according
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  • Renters only: These new homes aren't for sale. A different sort of American dream is under construction outside Denver. More than 130 homes are being framed and nail-gunned together. But there won't be any real estate agents staging open houses. Instead of homeownership,
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  • Public banks can now be formed in California. California cities and counties will be allowed to establish public banks under a controversial bill signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, making California only the second U.S. state to allow such institutions. Public
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September

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  • Consumer Action INSIDER - October 2019. The October 2019 issue of the Consumer Action INSIDER details a partnership between Verizon and Consumer Action to combat the onslaught of robocalls; outlines our involvement in the Insurance Consumer Protection Advisory Council (to identify new ways to reduce insurance fraud); informs readers of what action to take when a landlord will not return their security deposit; lists the newest class action settlements; updates readers on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's work; and more.
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - October 2019. The October 2019 issue of the Consumer Action INSIDER details a partnership between Verizon and Consumer Action to combat the onslaught of robocalls; outlines our involvement in the Insurance Consumer Protection Advisory Council (to identify new ways to reduce insurance fraud); informs readers of what action to take when a landlord will not return their security deposit; lists the newest class action settlements; updates readers on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's work; and more.
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  • In older houses, a trove of lead risks. Ingested or breathed in, lead — a toxic metal once widely used in paint, pipes and finishes — accumulates in bones and harms the brain and kidneys, among other organs. Lead inspections are costly, so
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  • Effort to make LA more eco-friendly means foreclosure. Lang was foreclosed on earlier this year because of her participation in a program called Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, which provides LA County homeowners with no-money-down loans for eco-friendly home improvements. Borrowers repay
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