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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The vast majority of Americans -- across the political spectrum -- benefit from the protections of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Here's one example from this piece:

In fact, the CFPB has emerged as that rare beast — a fast-moving agency that actually chalks up wins for average Americans. By the end of 2016, shortly before Trump took office, the 5 1/2 -year-old bureau’s enforcement actions against everyone from the country’s biggest banks to small-time debt collectors had already returned $11.9 billion to 29 million consumers. The CFPB had created a public database of consumer complaints against banks and other lenders, and had issued new rules governing everything from mortgages to student loans to the prepaid cards that millions of “unbanked” Americans carry in their wallets. A year ago, the bureau finalized new rules giving prepaid customers some of the same protections enjoyed by those who use credit cards.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Trump likely to tap budget director Mulvaney as interim CFPB chief

Fox guarding the hen house.  Mulvaney was one of the agency's most vocal critics during his time in the House and voted in favor to kill the agency.


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Friday, November 17, 2017

Richard Cordray to step down as head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

A one-two punch. First the Congressional override of the CFPB's rule limiting mandatory arbitration clauses in certain consumer financial agreements. And now the loss of Cordray who has been an important advocate for consumer financial rights.


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Data Breaches

Data breaches are a common source of identity theft and can devastate your credit score.  Check your credit reports for free at 

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Top-Ranking for the Law Office of Adam G. Singer

 Local business-review website ThreeBestRated.com has named the Law Office of Adam G. Singer as one of the three best consumer protection attorneys in Manhattan. This rating was based upon a variety of factors including: “everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, local reviews, nearness, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence.”

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Equifax says 2.5M additional individuals potentially victimized during data breach

In the wake of Equifax’s breach, the credit agency hired Mandiant to conduct a review. Mandiant’s review concluded that an additional 2.5 million consumers were subject to the breach, bringing the total to 145.5 million. “Equifax said it will mail notices to all potentially impacted individuals that have been identified since the Sept.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Equifax interim CEO pens apology after data breach

Dominick Tavella, of Diversified Financial Consultants, suggests that consumers sign up for credit alerts in order to protect against unwarranted issuances of credit, resulting from the Equifax breach. Tavella cautions consumers about Equifax’s offer to provide credit monitoring free for a year, as the information gained through the data breach may not be used (or if it is used, discovered) within the next year.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Elizabeth Warren to Wells Fargo CEO: 'You should be fired'

It was déjà vu for Wells Fargo, this week, as senators expressed outrage at the bank’s culture of shady practices. Last year, senators berated (former-CEO) John Stumpf over the millions of fake accounts created in customers’ names. Stumpf’s replacement, Tim Sloan, took the brunt of congressional ire on Tuesday, with Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii going as far as to call for the revocation of Wells Fargo’s charter. Wells Fargo is currently under investigation by the US Dep’t of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the US Dep’t of Labor.

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