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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Protection

PIRGs, Others Ask CFPB & FTC To Investigate Experian/T-Mobile Data Breach

In a letter sent today, a number of state PIRGs and other leading privacy and consumer groups urged the CFPB and FTC to fully investigate the recent breach of an Experian subsidary that exposed 15 million T-Mobile customer and applicant records to the threat of new account identity theft. The letter asked whether the regulators could require Experian and the other two nationwide credit bureaus -- TransUnion and Equifax -- to give victims free security freezes to protect their credit reports.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

As CFPB Advances Consumer Protection, Attacks on CFPB Escalate | Ed Mierzwinski

This week, the CFPB took a major step toward establishing a regulation restricting the use of forced arbitration clauses in consumer financial contracts, which give companies what the CFPB's director said was a "free pass from being held accountable by their customers." Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, powerful bank interests escalated their campaign to defund and defang the bureau, because it works for consumers, not them.

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Blog Post | Public Health

Big Win: Montgomery County votes to restrict the cosmetic use of toxic lawn pesticides, protecting public health and our environment. | Emily Scarr

The Montgomery County Council just voted to restrict the cosmetic use of toxic lawn pesticides, protecting public health and our environment.

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News Release | Maryland PIRG | Tax

Deepwater Horizon Settlement Comes with Estimated $5.35 Billion Tax Windfall

Today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice of a proposed $20.8 billion out-of-court settlement with BP to resolve charges related to the Gulf Oil spill allows the corporation to write off $15.3 billion of the total payment as an ordinary cost of doing business tax deduction. This proposed settlement would allow BP to claim an estimated $5.35 billion as a tax windfall, significantly decreasing the public value of the agreement, and nearly offsetting the cost of the non-deductible penalty.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

Why is Experian/T-Mobile Giving 15 Million Experian Breach Victims Credit Monitoring, Since Only the Credit Freeze Stops Identity Theft | Emily Scarr

How can all of the 200 million consumers with Experian credit reports trust that Experian is really protecting them?

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Media Hit | Higher Ed

College Students Cope With Rising Textbook Costs

Maryland college students heading back to school are getting a tough lesson in economics, with the rising cost of college textbooks adding a burden after room and board are paid for.

It's leading to a war of words between publishers and consumer groups, the I-Team's Deborah Weiner reported.

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News Release | Health Care

Health Care Reform Can Save Maryland $54 Billion

Health care reform might cost $1 trillion, but it can ultimately save the nation $3 trillion, with billions of dollars of benefits for every state in the union, according to a new report released today by the Maryland Public Interest Research Group.

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News Release | Budget

Maryland leads nation in reporting on economic stimulus spending

A new analysis of official state websites focusing on the federal stimulus program finds that Maryland has the best reporting of all the states.

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News Release | Health Care

Survey: Small businesses crushed by rising health costs

Maryland small business owners are being crushed by rising health care costs, and feel left out of the current health care debate in Washington, according to a new report released by Maryland Public Interest Research Group in front on Carma’s Café on St Paul street in, Charles Village today.

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News Release | Health Care

Gaps in Medical Research Result in Poorer Care and Higher Costs

If you are a consumer and you want to buy a blender or a new car, there are dozens of research studies available comparing cost, effectiveness, reliability, and durability.

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