Consumer Protection

Report | OSPIRG | Consumer Protection, Food

Recipe for Disaster

To assess one cost of not strengthening our food safety system, Consumer Federation of America, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and U.S. Public Interest Research Group studied recalls of foods regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from August 1, 2009, to October 2010. That study found that a wide variety of foods were recalled in the 13-month period due to contamination by Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and other bacteria.

Q&A: WTF is up with Overdraft Changes?

I haven't been keeping a close eye on the national debate about reforming banks' outrageous overdraft fees, so when a letter arrived from my credit union this month saying something about the overdraft laws changing, my main response was... what? I

Plan to cut health care waste moves ahead in Oregon

Members of the Oregon Health Policy Board approved a plan to cut health care administrative waste and save Oregonians $100 million per year in the process.

Wall Street reforms a step in the right direction

On Wednesday, July 21, President Obama signed The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which contains the most comprehensive reforms to the American financial system since the Great Depression.

The End of Free Checking

Bank of America recently announced that it plans to add fees to checking accounts, which some say is the beginning of the end for 'free checking' in the U.S.

 

Loan labyrinth: Mortgage modifications not so easy

The federal government's plan to rescue our housing market has been moving like molasses.

Loan Shark Hunting

HOMEOWNERS AROUND OREGON who fall into foreclosure because of fine print and lost paperwork may be the victims of fraud. But misleading lenders can't be prosecuted because a loophole in Oregon law exempts mortgage banks from the state's Unlawful Trade Practices Act.

Where's the Help for Homeowners?

The plight of two Bend families illustrates what many say is the government’s failure to stem the housing crisis, as the Knights and the Costas wonder ...

Report | OSPIRG Foundation | Consumer Protection, Financial Reform

Tricks and Traps

As Oregonians continue to endure the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, OSPIRG set out to discover what consumers are really paying to maintain basic banking services in Oregon, and what sorts of fees and financial institution policies have the biggest effect on consumers' bottom line.

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