CA News & Special Reports Archive

2017

April

03
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - April 2017.
    The April 2017 issue of Consumer Action's monthly newsletter gives you an update on how consumers and advocates are holding Wells Fargo's feet to the fire after its notorious fraudulent account debacle; tells the tale of one person who worked with the CFPB to resolve a two-year mortgage nightmare and others who have had to address problems with defective used cars; details our partnerships with nonprofit groups working to serve low-income and servicemember populations; and more.

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.
01
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - March 2017.
    The March 2017 issue of Consumer Action's monthly newsletter teaches you how to understand your credit score better; updates you on a new study on how communities are pushing back against payday lending; details our latest financial counseling webinar (co-hosted with FICO); outlines recent California legislation impacting consumer privacy and more.

February

  • Consumer Action INSIDER - February 2017.
    The February 2017 issue of Consumer Action's monthly newsletter introduces two new guides (one on savvy online shopping and another on updates to the Earned Income Tax Credit); introduces our latest annual report; teaches you how to avoid paying for your paid tax preparer's mistakes; details a series of online banking webinars; and more.

January

10
  • Language Access Issue (Winter 2016-2017).
    The latest issue of Consumer Action News covers the challenges that consumers with limited English proficiency (LEP) face in the United States today and describes the policies and resources developed to help them function in an English-centric society.
02
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - January 2017.
    The January 2017 issue of Consumer Action's monthly newsletter gives you a recap of our National Consumer Empowerment Conference, explains the recent "friend of the court" briefings we've filed, fills you in on the invaluable work our fair housing allies are engaging in, offers advice on what to do when confronted with data overage fees and more.

2016

November

30
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - December 2016.
    The December 2016 issue of Consumer Action's monthly newsletter brings you news of our updated debt collection resources, explains why you might need earthquake insurance, fills you in on our 45th anniversary celebration, offers advice on what to do when confronted with restocking fees, and more.

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

30
  • CFPB Complaint Database Issue (Fall 2016).
    Consumer Action presents a new study of the public complaint database established by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). This report breaks down the most common types of complaints, explains how to access and filter the data from existing complaints, examines the ways companies respond to consumers and provides tips on filing a complaint with the CFPB.
01
  • 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.

January

04
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - January 2016.
    The January 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 highlight our recent National Consumer Empowerment Conference; offer a guide for consumers on how to act when a collector calls; tell of one consumer's tale of woe after he signed up for Match.com; and give an update on a series of workshops that we've held on new phone networks and Internet safety.

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.
01
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - December 2015.
    The December 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 feature stories on saving money during the holiday season; avoiding bad auto loans; protecting your Internet privacy; choosing the right prepaid card; and family money management. Finally, we give an update on our recently held 44th anniversary celebration.

November

  • Consumer Action INSIDER - November 2015.
    The November issue of the Consumer Action INSIDER offers information on CFPB activities and class action lawsuits as well as updates on the many coalitions we’re involved in (including the newest, created in the wake of the massive Experian/T-Mobile data breach). We also fill you in on the latest happenings, including an open house at our new SF office; the National Consumer League’s Trumpeter Awards event, and a public discussion on postal banking. Finally, we provide a recap of our auto insurance trainings and introduce recent updates to our guide to the Lifeline discounted phone program for underserved individuals. This month, Hotline Chronicles explores a consumer'r problem with not-so-speedy Internet service.

October

  • Consumer Action INSIDER - October 2015.
    The October issue of the Consumer Action INSIDER offers information on CFPB activities and updates on coalition efforts and class action lawsuits. It also tells the tale of one woman's journey to understanding long-term care in the midst of her aging mother's ailing health; offers up the truth about prescription discount cards; gives updates on our education and advocacy work, and invites readers to our 44th anniversary celebration in Washington, DC.

August

30
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - September 2015.
    The September issue of the Consumer Action INSIDER offers information on CFPB activities and updates on coalition efforts and class action lawsuits. It also provides new and improved publications to help consumers shop for and choose the best auto loan (and exercise their rights should their auto purchase prove to be a lemon). In addition, the newsletter features stories on excessive and unfair car rental taxes; charity scams; Consumer Action's upcoming national conference; a fascinating new book on watchdogs and whistleblowers; and Consumer Action's recent homeownership workshop.
01
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - August 2015.
    The August issue of the Consumer Action INSIDER offers updates on CFPB activities and information on coalition efforts, legislative actions and amicus briefs in which Consumer Action has participated. It also features a story about a man who escaped a predatory auto loan; an update on a number of mini-grants designed to financially educate underserved consumers; information on how credit card payments are applied; an introduction to the U.S. Treasury’s public retirement program; and a summary of our new SCAM GRAM e-newsletter.

June

30
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - July 2015.
    The July issue of the Consumer Action INSIDER offers updates on CFPB activities, class action lawsuits under which you might be eligible to make a claim, coalition efforts in which Consumer Action has participated, and the FCC’s recent decision regarding robocalls. It also contains part two of a series on retirement planning that began in the May issue, and an announcement about Consumer Action’s move to a new office in San Francisco’s Civic Center area.

May

31
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - June 2015.
    The June issue of the INSIDER features articles on the L.A. premiere of a documentary about the ill effects on consumers of binding mandatory arbitration clauses, the increased scrutiny of for-profit colleges by the U.S. Department of Education, California legislation that would establish a state earned income tax credit for low income working individuals and families, and financial inclusion train-the-trainer events recently hosted by Consumer Action. Hotline Chronicles features a complaint about a third-party installment plan offered by some major retail chains.

April

30
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - May 2015.
    This month's Consumer Action INSIDER brings you articles about Consumer Action's recognition as an innovative consumer advocacy group, a financial fraud toolkit for advocates, our San Francisco office move, recent actions at the CFPB and a run-down on what we've been working on in coalitions. In this issue, a series on planning for retirement begins, and Hotline Chronicles looks at technical college degrees that don't help students find jobs.

March

31
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - April 2015.
    This month's INSIDER brings you stories on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plan to allow complainants to share their "stories" with the public, how people without Social Security numbers can still request free annual credit reports, a new class action open for claims, and a new educational package on automobile insurance released by Consumer Action. Hotline Chronicles looks at a case of a disgruntled mortgage holder who paid on time but is still being hounded for his payments.

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.
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  • 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.
 

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