News

2018

May

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  • Consumer Action INSIDER - May 2018. This month's INSIDER brings you articles on our work to highlight missing mandatory signs at optometrists' offices in California; the results of a survey of our network partners about our consumer educational materials; our train-the-trainer event on job training and apprenticeship programs; and a new financial health pilot we're working on, among other news. Hotline Chronicles tells the story of the hasty repossession of a woman's deceased dad's car and we have a crop of "coalition efforts" and some interesting new lawsuit settlements from our Class Action Database.

April

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  • Where the $1 billion from the Wells Fargo settlement goes. Wells Fargo bank will pay $1 billion in civil penalties and compensate hundreds of thousands of victims of its abusive lending practices, according to settlements by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of…
  • Homeownership gap between blacks and whites unchanged. The affordability of homeownership depends on income, the price of homes and interest rates, but a recent study by Zillow, an online real estate site, found income inequality among races affects homeownership rates. Despite 50…
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  • How to protect your children from identity theft. When identity theft hits adults, it can be a long and frustrating battle to restore their good name. But imagine the confusion that ensues when a young adult tries to get a credit card for the…
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  • How schools can teach kids to be smart consumers. Most financial literacy efforts in schools don’t improve people’s behavior later in life. That could be because we’re focusing on the wrong things. Trying to teach teenagers how to shop for a mortgage, for example,…
  • Who pays for autonomous driving fatalities?. The advent of autonomous cars has the potential to fundamentally change the massive automobile liability insurance industry. It boils down to this: how can you be considered at fault in a traffic accident when there’s no…
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  • We’re bad at evaluating risk. How doctors can help. Research suggests that physicians’ recommendations powerfully influence how patients weigh their choices, and that while almost all patients want to know their options, most want their doctor to make the final decision. The greater the…
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  • Teach kids to be smart consumers. Most financial literacy efforts in schools don’t improve people’s behavior later in life. That could be because we’re focusing on the wrong things. Trying to teach teenagers how to shop for a mortgage, for example,…
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  • PBMs are pocketing patient money and increasing costs. Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) — health insurance middle-men wedged between plan managers, drug manufacturers, patients and pharmacies — are pushing a new payment scheme called accumulator adjustment programs (AAPs) that could increase out‐of‐pocket costs for…
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  • Trump appointee helps companies, not consumers. In 1959, the late Dinah Washington won a Grammy for her hit, “What a Difference a Day Makes,” a song of how a blossoming romance dramatically changed life for the better. Its lyrics conclude, “the…
  • What it was like to finally write my will. Did you know Prince died without a will? It’s true! All that money, and one of the greatest performers I ever saw onstage didn’t spend a little of it on sorting out his estate? It…
 

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