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Congress Intends To Destroy Your Rights And Hopes You Won’t Notice

If you're reading this, you noticed.

Consumer advocate Joanne Doroshow lays out the details in her excellent Huffington Post column:

No ACA Replacement Yet, But Congress Has A Master Plan to Take Away Patients' Right

This is not exactly progress. The "Protecting Access to Care Act" (H.R. 1215) doesn't actually help anyone get safe, affordable health care, but it does a bunch of other stuff nobody asked for -- especially health care consumers and anyone who hates brazen federal power grabs. 

Congress' First Move: Bail out Wells Fargo, Samsung, and VW

Tort reformers in Congress are pushing a new bill that would scale back the ability of large groups of consumers to band together and sue businesses. The so-called "Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act" (H.R. 985) is anything but fair to Americans.

“If this bill becomes law, it will deny justice to Americans who suffer from financial fraud and deceptive scams, massive civil and human rights violations, or unsafe products and toxic workplaces that cause horrific injuries and deaths.” said Linda Lipsen, CEO, American Association for Justice.

Forced Arbitration Steals the Rights of Those Who Serve

When the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces are deployed they should not have to worry about certain burdens at home, such as losing their civilian jobs or suffering abuses and frauds by financial corporations.

BREAKING - CFPB Proposes Landmark Consumer Protection Rule

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the agency created in the aftermath of the 2008 financial collapse, announced a landmark proposal to curb widespread fraud and abuse on Wall Street by restricting the use of forced arbitration against consumers.  

78,000 Consumers to CFPB: End Forced Arbitration

Yesterday, Republicans in Congress voted to obstruct the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s authority to act on a critical consumer issue – ending forced arbitration.

Congress Acts to End Forced Arbitration

Did you make a call on your cell phone today?  Or buy something using your credit card?  Most Americans engage in these activities every day without realizing that they could be giving up their legal rights – specifically, their right to hold the cell phone company or the bank accountable in court if they cheat customers or violate their privacy.  It may sound crazy, but when you bought that cell phone or opened that credit card, the corporation likely buried a forced arbitration clause in the fine print of the agreement.

On World Cancer Day, U.S. House of Representatives Holds Hearing on Bill That Violates Asbestos Cancer Victims’ Privacy

Yesterday was World Cancer Day, which was established in 2008 with the primary goal of significantly reducing illness and death caused by cancer by 2020. Several Members of Congress recognized World Cancer Day, but certain members of the House Judiciary Committee chose to mark the occasion by holding a hearing on a bill that insults and injures victims of cancer caused by asbestos. 

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