Consumer Protection Updates

News Release | CoPIRG | Higher Ed

CoPIRG calls for passage of student loan borrower protection bill

CoPIRG is calling on the Senate Education Committee to pass SB21-057, the Private Lenders of Student Loans Acts and Practices bill, sponsored by Senator Winter and Senator Gonzales. It would expand and build upon important protections in the Colorado Student Loan Servicers Act.   

News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | Solid Waste

Lack of repair options for Colorado farmers has Deere in the Headlights

CoPIRG Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Farmers’ Union, and Colorado farmers released Deere in the Headlights, a report revealing how difficult it is for farmers to get the tools they need to fix their equipment.

News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | COVID-19

A year later on Amazon: Comparing pre-pandemic prices to today's for 750 products

At the start of 2020, toilet paper stockpiling and a run on hand sanitizer would have never crossed our minds. Unfortunately, we’ve lived in a different reality since then. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Americans have witnessed shortages of -- and price gouging on -- a range of household and medical products from disinfectant wipes to face masks. And as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths regularly near or exceed record numbers across the United States, even though most products are back in stock, we’re still seeing price hikes on essentials.

At a joint listening session between the Federal Trade Commission and the Colorado Attorney General’s office, I recruited a team of consumer advocates to raise issues from fraud and price gouging to abusive predatory products and debt collection. One theme that stands out - we’ve got a lot of talented players in Colorado working to protect consumers, but we’re not yet playing as part of a larger “Colorado Consumer Protection” team.

In 2018, 77% of Colorado voters voted yes on Proposition 111 to cap payday loan APRs at 36%. Unfortunately, a proposed federal rule would allow lenders to bypass our protections and charge triple-digit rates again. This is a bad idea and a coalition of organizations, businesses, and state legislators agree.   

News Release | CoPIRG | COVID-19

Victory: Gov. Polis signs price gouging bill into law

In response to the proliferation of unscrupulous sellers attempting to profit off of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill this week giving the attorney general greater ability to protect Coloradans from price gouging. The law (HB20-1414), sponsored by Reps. Mike Weissman and Brianna Titone and Sens. Mike Foote and Brittany Pettersen, makes it illegal for entities to sell food, fuel, medical supplies or other necessities for an excessive price during a declared emergency. Colorado will join the nearly 40 states that have specific price gouging statutes. 

News Release | CoPIRG | COVID-19

CoPIRG applauds Colorado bill to tackle price gouging

CoPIRG calls for the swift passage of a new price gouging bill that gives the Colorado Attorney General a greater ability to protect consumers against price gouging during an emergency or crisis. The bill, HB20-1414, sponsored by Representatives Weissman and Titone and Senators Foote and Pettersen, establishes that entities that sell food, fuel, medical supplies or other necessities for an excessive price during a declared emergency will run afoul of the state’s current prohibition against deceptive practices. 

News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | COVID-19

After public outcry, ventilator repair restrictions loosen

CoPIRG and the national federation of state PIRGs have been pressuring ventilator manufacturers to remove restrictions on who can fix these life-saving devices. Our efforts, along with those of our allies at Repair.org, got a boost last week, when Colorado Treasurer Dave Young and state treasurers from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Illinois, and Rhode Island sent a letter to manufacturers calling for them to release proprietary repair manuals, service keys, schematics and repair software. In response, some manufacturers are loosening restrictions on repair information. 

Do I have to make my monthly student loan payments? Should I?

By | Olivia Sullivan
Zero Waste Campaign, Associate

People have lots of questions. Can I get a refund for my airfare? Will I be able to pay my bills? The question that has been on my mind the most recently is will I be able to keep up with my student loan payments in addition to all my other expenses?

Report | CoPIRG Foundation | Solid Waste

What are Coloradans Fixing?

According to a review of data from iFixit, a self-described “repair guide for everything, written by everyone.” 1.2 million unique users from Colorado went onto their website www.ifixit.com to look up how to repair something in 2018. The top ten device types that Coloradans attempted to fix were cell phones, laptops, automobiles, tablets, desktop computers, gaming consoles, wireless speakers, vacuums, controllers and clothing. 

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