Consumer Protection Updates

Report | Florida PIRG | Consumer Protection

Total Recall: The Need for CPCS Reform Now

The year 2007 was called the year of the recall. But in 2008, recalls are up, according to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) data. Already, as these data show, more toys and children’s products have been recalled in the first half of this year than in the first half of last year, a supposed “100-year-flood” period. Yet the remedial CPSC reform legislation passed overwhelmingly by both the House and Senate in response to that 2007 recall wave has yet to become law.

Media Hit | Democracy

Battle over amending Florida Constitution rages on

 Anyone who thought the long, nasty fight over amending Florida's constitution had ended should think again.

Media Hit | Financial Reform

Florida's Debt Traps

The fight to stomp out predatory lending has always been difficult -- the minute lawmakers target one form of usury, another springs up to take its place. Florida is learning that lesson well: The state has already taken on abusive practices tied to the title-lending industry, which writes loans at triple-digit interest rates secured by borrowers' vehicles. Payday loan companies that also charge huge interest rates are also proliferating, despite state attempts to regulate them. An increasing number of elderly and disabled people isfalling into sticky traps of debt.

Report | Florida PIRG Education Fund | Transportation

A Better Way to Go

This report shows why rail, rapid buses and other forms of public transit must play a more prominent role in America’s future transportation system. America has grown more dependent on car travel with each passing year. America has more cars per capita than any other nation in the world. The number of miles driven on America’s highways has doubled in the last quarter-century, and our reliance on cars for transportation is at the root of many of America’s most intractable problems. For example, with two out of every three barrels of oil the United States consumes each year used to fuel our transportation system, our economy is hindered by oil price spikes and our national security vulnerable.

Ring Tone Settlement May Signal New Policies

Accused of billing customers for ring tone services that were supposed to be free, AT&T Mobility, the nation's largest cell phone carrier, has agreed to refund more than $10 million to thousands of Florida consumers.

Report | Florida PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Mixed Signals

Florida PIRG and other PIRG's around the country conducted “secret shopper” surveys at 132 electronics stores in ten states to determine if America’s big electronics retailers are properly preparing their customers for the digital transition.  The results were released today in Florida PIRG’s new report: “Mixed Signals: How Retailers Mislead Consumers on the Digital Television (DTV) Transition.”

News Release | Florida PIRG | Consumer Protection

Digital Television (DTV) Transition Could Cost Consumers

In one year, 22 million Americans who rely on free over-the-air analog broadcasting – including many elderly and other vulnerable populations – will be at risk of losing access to TV, which for many is a primary source of news and emergency information as well as entertainment.

News Release | Florida PIRG | Consumer Protection

Florida's First Statewide Media-reform Conference to Be Held in Sarasota

Media watchers and alternative-media producers from across the state will meet in Sarasota Saturday, October 6, for a day of presentations, panels, and dialogues on media reform, particularly as it affects Floridians. The event will run from 9 to 6 and will be held on the campus of New College of Florida.

News Release | Florida PIRG | Consumer Protection

New Report Shows That Safer Technologies can Eliminate Chemical Hazards at Pulp and Paper Mills

Pulp and paper mills that use chlorine or chlorine dioxide to whiten paper needlessly endanger more than 5.7 million people, according to a new report released today by Florida PIRG.

News Release | Florida PIRG | Consumer Protection

Students Rally to Rescue Net Radio from Crippling Copyright Royalties

Today Students urged Congress to repeal stringent copyright royalty rates that could force Internet radio stations out of business and reduce opportunities for diverse musicians to promote their music, in a petition delivered by a coalition of media public interest groups the Florida Public Interest Research Group (Florida PIRG) and SaveNetRadio.


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