Consumer Protection

News Release | OSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves

Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group’s 27th annual Trouble in Toyland report.

CFPB launches searchable credit card complaint database today

By | Ed Mierzwinski
National Consumer Program Director

Joining agencies including those that regulate cars (NHTSA's, toys and other consumer products (CPSC's, medical devices (FDA's Maude) and airline service (DOT's sorta clunky Air Travel Consumer Protection Report), today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rolls out a searchable online complaint database (goes live 8am EST). The CFPB's new tool will be limited to credit cards to start, but other financial products will be added. More from Ylan Q. Mui at the Washington Post, including a tired "complaint" from industry lobbyist Richard Hunt:

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News Release | Student PIRGs | Consumer Protection, Higher Ed, Student Debt

Banks Skim Millions in Fees from Student Aid Using Debit-Card-Linked Student IDs

Washington, D.C. – Over 9 million students are at risk for increased educational debt, due to bank-affiliated student debit cards that come with high fees, insufficient consumer protections, and few options. Financial institutions now have affinity partnerships with almost 900 campuses nationwide, grafting bank products onto student IDs and other campus cards to become the primary recipient of billions in federal financial aid to distribute to students.

The Campus Debit Card Trap

Banks and other financial firms are taking advantage of a variety of opportunities to form partnerships with colleges and universities to produce campus student ID cards and to offer student aid disbursements on debit or prepaid cards. In addition to on-campus services, such as student ID functions offered on the card, some cards offer traditional debit card services linked to bank accounts; other cards provide additional reloadable prepaid card functions. The disbursement of financial aid and university refunds is the most significant partnership identified.

Groups target textbook prices to rein in college costs

A push to create free or inexpensive textbooks is gaining momentum as educators, philanthropists and policymakers nationwide search for new ways to rein in college costs.

Join OSPIRG, Thrive, local farmers, and experts to take a closer look at wasteful government subsidies which benefit only the largest of agrobusinesses in America and harm our small, family farmers. At the gallery closing of "Lexicon of Sustainability," OSPIRG will be hosting an interactive panel as students, community members and experts alike come together to discuss the problem and the solutions behind agriculture subsidies.

Who: OSPIRG, Thrive, Ashland Community Members, SOU Students
What: Enjoy local wine, food, and thought provoking conversation.
When: February 28th, 2012 at 6PM
Where: The Meese Room, Hannon Library, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR

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Oregon Renters' Guide

Read on to learn how to keep your security deposit, get that toilet fixed, deal with a difficult landlord and more.


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