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Consumers won a huge victory in 2010 with the passage of the Wall Street Reform law. The key provision of the bill for consumers is the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which will oversee financial products and services such as mortgages, credit cards, payday loans, check cashing, and private student loans.


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  • How To Get Your Capital One Refund

    Consumers Union alongside of activists like you fought for the creation of the CFPB, a financial watchdog whose job is to stop unfair practices and fight for consumers. The CFPB was the consumer centerpiece of the 2008 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. In the watchdog’s first enforcement action it ordered Capital One to provide $140 million in refunds Continue Reading

  • CFPB Fines Capital One $210 Million For Deceptive Credit Card Practices

    As the CFPB gets ready to mark their 1 year anniversary some big news is breaking. The CFPB is fining Capital One $210 Million dollars for their deceptive practices. According to the Wall St. Journal: The McLean, Va., banking company will refund $150 million to 2.4 million consumers who bought Capital One-branded products over the Continue Reading

  • The CFPB announced some great news for consumers, a new rule today giving the financial watchdog more oversight of credit bureaus, which generate billions of credit reports each year. Beginning this fall, the CFPB will take a closer look at the 30 largest credit reporting agencies, including the big three — Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion Continue Reading

  • CFPB Launches Public Database of Credit Card Complaints

    The CFPB made its database of credit card complaints submitted by consumers available to the public today.  The CFPB also issued a report analyzing 45,000 complaints it has collected on a range of financial issues and announced that it may expand the public database to include financial products other than credit cards. Here is Pam Continue Reading

  • Consumers Score Long Deserved Victory As Obama Appoints Cordray

    President Obama announced that he was making a recess appointment to name Richard Cordray as head of the CFPB giving the watchdog its full power to protect consumers. After months of delay and politicking, Richard Cordray was appointed to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He’ll start with a full set of powers to Continue Reading

  • Richard Cordray Appointed to Head CFPB: Consumers to get much needed protections

    DYD applauds the news that Richard Cordray will be appointed to serve as the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. While Cordray has received bipartisan praise, his appointment has been held up for months in the Senate, where opponents of the CFPB demanded changes be made to weaken the bureau. The absence of a Continue Reading

  • Senate Blocks Vote on Confirmation Of Richard Cordray

    Vote shows who is for consumers and who is for the Big Banks and Wall St.

  • Dec 8th: Senate To Vote on Cordray

    Take action and call your Senators!

  • Confirm Cordray: We need a Wall Street watchdog!

    Enough is enough. Join us on November 15th for a national day of action to give consumers the financial watchdog we deserve.

  • Message To Congress: Investigate Bank Of America

    In response to Bank of America’s new $5/month fee we have called on Congress to launch an investigation.

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