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Top Ten Most Frequently Asked Renter’s Questions | Celeste Meiffren

OSPIRG’s Renters' Handbook has provided hard-to-find information about how to keep your security deposit, get that toilet fixed, deal with a difficult landlord and more. Here are the top ten most frequently asked renter’s questions from the past 40 years.

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SENATE CONFIRMS CFPB DIRECTOR CORDRAY

The United States Senate's confirmation of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for a full term is good news for consumers and for firms that want to play fair in the financial marketplace. 

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Blog Post | Food

Major Setback for Taxpayer Handouts to Big Ag | David Rosenfeld

The U.S. House of Representatives voted down the Farm Bill this morning, and I'm darn glad they did. 

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News Release | OSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves

Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group’s 27th annual Trouble in Toyland report.

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Report | OSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Trouble in Toyland

The 2012 Trouble in Toyland report is the 27th annual Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) survey of toy safety. In this report, OSPIRG provides safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards.

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News Release | OSPIRG | Food

What do Obama and Glenn Beck agree on?

A consumer protection group released a new video today juxtaposing President Obama and conservative TV show host Glenn Beck on agricultural subsidies.

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Consumer Bureau on Track for Launch

Six months after Wall Street reform legislation creating the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was signed, a leading coalition released Halfway to the CFPB: An AFR Progress Report on “Standing Up” the New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Oregon Regulators Data Breach

The Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) has opened a file on the Health Net data breach impacting 120,000 Oregonians, and is gathering information from the insurer on the matter.

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Banks Failing at Disclosing Account Fees

 A survey of more than 350 bank branches released today by the Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group revealed that fewer than half of branches obeyed their legal duty to fully disclose fees to prospective customers, while one in four provided no fee information at all. The report, Big Banks, Bigger Fees: A National Survey of Bank Fees (http://www.ospirgstudents.org/report/big-banks-bigger-fees), includes consumer tips and a local comparison shopping guide.

 

 

 

 

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Tips for avoiding toxic or hazardous toys

Remember Dan Aykroyd and the Bag O' Glass toy on "Saturday Night Live"? Playing a spokesman defending a product, Aykroyd said, "Look, we put a label on every bag that says, 'Kid! Be careful -- broken glass!' " 

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

Consumer Watch: Web Piracy and a Critical Consumer Vote | Brian Rae

Stop Web Piracy? There has been much online talk about the internet piracy act being considered by Congress. Consumer groups have thrown their hat into the ring to express concern that the bill could close off online exchanges that provide lower prices for consumers, reduce online security, and allow for anti-consumer practices by online service providers

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

Black Friday Tips and Warnings | Brian Rae

OSPIRG’s Consumer Watch Trouble in Toyland- OSPIRG has release its 26th annual Toy Safety Report and mobile website, www.toysafety.mobi to keep toy safety at parents fingertips. DOJ Warns of Black Friday Scams– Planning on shopping this Friday in stores or online? The Oregon Attorney General has issued tips and warnings on how to avoid holiday shopping scams.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

Towards Common Ground | Brian Rae

The super committee tasked with cutting 1.2-1.5 trillion dollars from the federal budget has been a hot topic in many political circles nationally and in Oregon. That is not surprising, as the national tax discussions impact Oregon taxpayers greatly. What is disappointing, however, is that much of the debate has focused in on the disagreements that Republicans and Democrats have on issues such as revenue and entitlements. Would it not make more sense to begin with our similarities, and then move on to the differences?

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

Keeping safe online and in the Kitchen | Brian Rae

FTC announces new internet privacy rules for children –The Federal Trade Commission is looking at new privacy rules for children, whom they state as “very tech savvy but judgment poor”.

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TOY SAFETY TIPS ON-THE-GO

From toxic chemicals to choking hazards to dangerous magnets, see what dangerous toys to watch out for while you shop.

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