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July 2020

Two mortgage companies that sent deceptive loan ads to servicemembers and veterans settle with CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a consent order Friday against Sovereign Lending Group Inc., a mortgage lender in about 44 states and the District of Columbia. Sovereign offers mortgage loans guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Read more →


Cars, home improvement top the list of consumer complaints for 2019, survey shows

Problems with car sales and repairs and home improvement and construction once again topped the list of complaints reported to state and local consumer agencies across the country, according to an annual survey by the Consumer Federation of America. The survey asked about the most common, fastest-growing, and worst complaints agencies received in 2019. Read more →


Off-road and utility vehicles are being recalled by Polaris due to crash hazard

Polaris is recalling about 13,200 off road and utility vehicles in the United States and 515 units in Canada. An improperly manufactured clutch component can cause the engine braking feature to fail, resulting in unexpected vehicle motion, posing a crash hazard. Read more →


Consumer groups ask for review of FCC ruling that would allow millions more text messages and calls to cellphones

Consumer groups filed an appeal on behalf of low-income consumers with the Federal Communications Commission Friday of a ruling by the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau that federal protections against unwanted text messages don’t apply to peer-to-peer text messaging systems, systems where the text message is sent by a person. Read more →


Most Americans think owners should be able to deny service to those who don’t social distance, and a majority say they’re taking precautions in public spaces, survey shows

A majority of Americans, 75 percent, support states enacting legislation giving business owners the right to deny service to customers who don’t social distance, including 53 percent who strongly support the measures, a survey shows. About one in six oppose these measures, and another 9 percent are unsure.  Read more →


21 attorneys general file lawsuit against Trump administration for limiting the state's regulatory authority under Clean Water Act

Twenty-one attorneys general filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule limiting state authority under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. For more than three decades, the EPA has said that Section 401 provides states with the authority to approve, impose conditions on, or deny certification for federally permitted projects. Read more →


Drownings up significantly in June at Army Corps recreation areas so use caution in July, usually when the most deaths occur

More than 30 people lost their lives to drowning in June at lake and river projects managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This a 47 percent increase in drownings over June last year. Nearly all the drowning victims were adult males between the ages of 18 and 85, who weren’t wearing a life jacket at the time of the drowning. Read more →


Baby boomers comment on covid-19 restrictions and other things going on in their lives

It’s week 18 of covid-19 restrictions for many of us. I dawned on me the second week in March that I should be staying home. I had been walking in the mall during the winter, but I thought heading there wouldn’t be wise. I’d ride my stationary bicycle for exercise instead until the weather warmed up. Read more →