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Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

With the new federal law that takes effect June 30, we should start seeing a decline in illegal robocalls. But the scams certainly won't halt overnight. Here are some tips to live by.

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Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

Patients can be asked to consent to out-of-network care from certain providers under the No Surprises Act. That could be an expensive decision.

The state legislature passed four bills to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings by converting their homes from gas-powered to electric. These bills will also help consumers save money and breathe cleaner air inside. It's cause for celebration. 

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Danny Katz
Executive Director

Thank you to these legislators for leading the way on a number of important public interest issues. 

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Consumers increasingly are using digital peer-to-peer payment (P2P) apps for convenience. However, that convenience can quickly turn to inconvenience as the result of these apps’ often-confusing design, poor customer service and propensity for being used for scams and fraud. The number of written complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) about these apps and other financial tools in the “mobile or digital wallet” category has skyrocketed in recent years, reaching new heights in 2021.

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From a win in the New York Senate, to a new bill in Congress: A roundup of news on Right to Repair

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Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

In light of some of these newer cons, here is actionable information to help you avoid the aggravation, time and financial losses that come with sophisticated scams.

 | by
Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

We’re backing legislation to prevent the billionaire Sackler family from using the corporate bankruptcy of its company Purdue Pharma (makers of Oxycontin and other opioids) to avoid personal liability in ongoing lawsuits by some 24 state Attorneys General attempting to bring some justice to the families of the victims of the opioid crisis. Congress held a hearing Tuesday, June 8 at noon ET.