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Big Tech jumps to No. 1 in lobbying, campaign contributions

Facebook and Amazon are now the two biggest corporate lobbying spenders in the country. Big Tech has bypassed Big Oil and Big Tobacco, two historically big federal lobbying spenders, with Amazon and Facebook having spent nearly twice as much as Exxon and Philip Morris on lobbying in 2020. Read more →


Most consumers still don’t know their rights on funeral costs

Only one-quarter of consumers surveyed know that funeral homes are required to provide price quotes over the phone and an itemized price list at the funeral home. Only 5 percent of consumers are aware that funeral homes are required to accept a casket provided by the bereaved without charging a handling fee. Read more →


Predatory lenders will take advantage of new federal rule allowing higher interest rates, consumer group says

The True Lender Rule, which questions the power of state governments to regulate interest rate limits, will unleash predatory lending in 50 states. The rule, approved by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, would protect predatory, nonbank lenders from state enforcement. Read more →


T-Mobile to pay $200 million for Sprint’s Lifeline program misuse

T-Mobile will pay $200 million to resolve an investigation of Sprint’s compliance with the Federal Communications Commission’s rules for the Lifeline program for low-income consumers. The payment is the largest settlement the FCC has ever levied.  Read more →


State, federal partners crack down on abusive debt collection

The Federal Trade Commission and federal and state law enforcement partners have brought action in 16 states against debt collectors engaged in abusive debt collection practices. In FTC two cases announced Tuesday, the companies made robocalls to individuals, telling them that they’d been sued, or soon would be, if they didn’t pay. Read more →


Most state insurance commissioners fail to prevent windfall profits by auto insurers due to fewer pandemic claims

State insurance commissioners are failing to prevent windfall auto insurer profits as auto claims dropped when driving and auto crashes declined due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Consumer Federation of America and the Center for Economic Justice said. Read more →