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2012-06-07 06:21:16

Elderly, Seriously Ill and Children at Risk as Programs Spread Throughout U.S. Download the executive summary or full report: http://www.nclc.org/issues/prepaid-utility-service.html BOSTON, June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Prepaid utility service programs and proposals are expanding rapidly throughout the nation, putting low- and moderate-income households' health and safety at risk, and setting up an inequitable two-tiered customer delivery system, according to...

2012-02-06 09:58:00

National Consumer Law Center Report Urges All States to Quickly Adopt Strong Programs Download a PDF of the full report, executive summary, tables and related online content at: http://www.nclc.org/foreclosures-and-mortgages/rebuilding-america.html BOSTON, Feb. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Looking for a fix to help the broken housing market? There's already a proven inexpensive solution that can help head off the predicted 10 million homes in the United States that will be...

2011-12-01 11:28:00

NCLC Issues Wake-Up Call for States to Protect Students and Taxpayers from Fraud BOSTON, Dec. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As for-profit post-secondary schools have rapidly expanded throughout the United States, state government has frequently failed to challenge for-profit school abuses and fraud. One result? Increasingly, students are left buried under mountains of debt with no prospect for gainful employment. Yet most states have substantive legal recourse against fraud if...

2011-01-31 08:55:00

Proprietary school loans viewed as loss leaders to keep federal aid flowing, attractive to investors, harm students BOSTON, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Many for-profit (or proprietary) schools have begun making costly private student loans, knowing in many cases that more than half of these loans will never be repaid. Most schools started these institutional loan programs when third party private student lenders began terminating their partnerships with for-profit schools...

2010-11-18 09:47:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer advocates at the National Consumer Law Center and the National Community Action Foundation are calling on Congress to restore funding to the highly effective federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP helps millions of low-wage working families, the recently unemployed, retirees and medically challenged consumers pay their heating bills and keep their homes at safe temperatures during the frigid winter...

2010-08-26 09:30:00

BOSTON, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The federal government's failure to take easy and inexpensive steps, such as insulating walls and roofs and installing more efficient appliances, adds $1 billion a year to the energy and housing costs of 3 million of the nation's poorest families. That's the conclusion of "Up the Chimney: How HUD's Inaction Costs Taxpayers Millions and Drives Up Utility Bills for Low-income Families," a report issued August 26, 2010 by Charlie Harak of the...

2010-07-15 09:30:00

BOSTON, July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Debt companies pursuing consumers with a small army of collectors have swamped small claims courts with lawsuits and left a trail of abuses that, in 2009, led consumers to file more than 120,000 complaints with federal regulators. "The Debt Machine: How the Collection Industry Hounds Consumers and Overwhelms Courts," released today by the National Consumer Law Center, shows an urgent need for stronger and updated consumer protections. "The...

2010-03-11 09:00:00

BOSTON, March 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dozens of consumers, repossession agents and bystanders have been killed, injured or traumatized in self-help repossessions done under state laws that allow automobile dealers and lenders to take cars without court action or the involvement of law enforcement. That is the key finding of a report issued today by the National Consumer Law Center, which compiles and analyzes existing state laws and regulations on automobile repossessions, and...

2009-09-23 12:00:00

NCLC Looks at 25 Programs in 14 States: CA, CT, FL, IN, KY, ME, MI, NV, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR and PA; Mediation Programs Seen as Faltering For Same Reasons as Struggling Federal Voluntary Foreclosure Modification Efforts WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A spate of new state and local programs that have emerged over the last year requiring mediations or conferences before foreclosures sales take place have great potential to help homeowners, but are suffering from the same lack...

2008-10-13 03:00:31

By Wood, Roger The approaching winter will bring challenges and hardships for both heating oil customers and the oil dealers that service them. That was the bottom line, and the reason for an Aug. 18 summit at the Sheraton Harborside in Portsmouth. The Boston-based National Consumer Law Center sponsored the conference, with a goal of identifying short- and long term solutions to the heating oil crisis. One hundred representatives from the oil industry, consumer advocacy groups and state...