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2014-09-11 16:27:52

CEO Pat Morris Issues Statement Regarding the Real Work Done in Best Practices and the Resolution of Medical Accounts. MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ACA International, the largest trade group for the consumer debt collection industry, today responded to a report issued by the National Consumer Law Center titled "Strong Medicine Needed: What the CFPB Should Do to Protect Consumers from Unfair Collection and Reporting of Medical Debt." Following is a statement...

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...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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