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Richard Cordray, Tim Pawlenty Bury the Hatchet

Last summer, a major banking industry trade group launched a campaign-style political attack on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, purchasing ads criticizing the regulator on social media and in D.C. Metro stations.

How To Protect Your Shoes Through Salt And Snow

We’re dealing with ankle-deep slush in the parking lots here at Consumerist’s northernmost bureau. Harsh winter weather is harsh for shoes, especially shoes that haven’t been designed to be tough and waterproof. If you’re still waiting...Show More Summary

Compare Mortgage Rates with the Government's New Rate Checker Tool

It pays to shop around for your mortgage, since lenders' rates are all over the place. This rate checker form the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows the most common rates based on your financial inputs. Read more...

Wells Fargo, JPMorgan slapped for title kickback scheme

``Wells Fargo (WFC) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) have to pay a combined $35.7 million in penalties and consumer compensation for allegedly taking part in a kickback scheme with a title company, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said on Thursday. Show More Summary

Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Loan Officers Accused of Taking Kickbacks

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said that more than 100 former Wells Fargo loan officers and half a dozen from JPMorgan Chase accepted kickbacks to steer business to a now defunct title insurance company. The banks agreed to pay a total of about $36 million.

Chinese Official Blames City's Smog Problem on Excessive Bacon Smoking

Today, in excellent government spins... An Environment Protection Bureau official for China's city of Dazhou, in the Sichuan Province, had an interesting explanation for the city's ongoing smog problem: China's official press agency reports that bacon is to blame. Show More Summary

GOP to Give Elizabeth Warren's Consumer Protection Agency the Darrell Issa Treatment

Ever since Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) helped get the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau off the ground in 2010, Republicans have been trying to shut it down. GOPers drafted legislation to weaken the fledgling agency, which was...Show More Summary

Many Homebuyers Spend More Time Shopping For A TV Than Looking For The Right Mortgage

Potential homeowners might spend months nitpicking and fretting over the features of a seemingly endless series of houses they could buy, but a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau claims that half of American homebuyers...Show More Summary

Springing The Debt Trap: Consumer Protection Goes After Payday Loans

Last fall, 450 consumer protection groups wrote to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), asking for federal regulators to create nation-wide rules to regulate the lucrative payday loan industry. The groups said in their letter...Show More Summary

Private Student Loan Business Declares War on Borrowers

The ombudsman of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has accused the private student loan industry of failing to do enough to help borrowers in financial distress. While lawsuits are uncommon in the collection of federal student...Show More Summary

Payday lenders could face new federal rules

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may soon write the first-ever national regulations for governing the industry

Elizabeth Warren's brainchild continues to show good government in action

Chalk up another win for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and in fact, another win for the American consumer. In this case, it's members of the military who have new protections from predatory lenders. The CFPB worked with the Pentagon to develop new rules for how the military discretionary allotment system works. Show More Summary

The CFPB wins a battle for military members

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and two states reach a $2.5 million settlement over illegal debt collections

CFPB Sues Sprint Over 'Cramming' That Cost Customers Millions

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed a lawsuit against Sprint, alleging the company illegally billed wireless customers for millions of dollars in unauthorized charges through a practice known as "cramming." The lawsuit is the third such action the government has taken to combat "cramming" charges on cellphone bills......

CFPB: Retailer Allegedly Using Illegal Debt Collection Practices Against Servicemembers Must Refund $2.5M

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continues its fight against companies that continuously take advantage of members of the military, despite protections afforded to them under federal laws. Regulators’ latest victory? A settlement...Show More Summary

Sprint Is Sued Over Cellphone Bill ‘Cramming’

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a suit in federal court on Wednesday, saying millions of dollars in unauthorized charges were put on consumers’ bills.

Feds sue Sprint over "cramming" allegations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says Sprint allowed third parties to add unauthorized charges to customers' bills

The feds are suing Sprint for charging Americans ‘hundreds of millions’ in bogus fees

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is suing Sprint, the country's third-largest wireless carrier, for taking hundreds of millions of dollars from its customers without their knowledge. Sprint allowed third parties to add fees to...Show More Summary

The feds are suing Sprint for charging Americans ‘hundreds of millions’ in bogus fees

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is suing Sprint, the country's third-largest wireless carrier, for taking hundreds of millions of dollars from its customers without their knowledge. Sprint allowed third parties to add fees to...Show More Summary

FBI Futurist Shares His Top 5 Tips For Protecting Your Identity Online

According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics' latest report, 16.6 million Americans had their identities stolen online in 2012. And as Marc Goodman, the FBI's resident futurist and former Interpol advisor, tells author and investor...Show More Summary

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