Category Archives: CFC in the News

Consumer groups call on feds to regulate flame retardants in cars

CFC in the news: Public News Service || Story by Suzanne Potter, Producer Monday, May 13, 2024 A new study showed the flame retardants used in the seats of many cars emit toxic gases, and recommended the federal government reevaluate its flammability standards. Researchers at Duke University and the … Read More ›

Critics Blast ‘Weak’ CA Best Interest Bill Speeding Toward Passage

Life Annuity Specialist || By Warren S. Hersch || January 19, 2019 Consumer advocates accuse state regulators of rushing passage of a “Frankenstein’s monster” largely written by the industry. Consumer advocates are pushing back against efforts to fast-track enactment of a California bill that its supporters pitch … Read More ›

CFC in the news: FTC proposes new rule to ban junk fees, offer transparent pricing

ABC 7 || Story by Michael Finney SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Buy a ticket to nearly any sporting event and you could be hit with junk fees. Complaints about add-on fees for concerts are legendary. Many San Francisco restaurants charge add-on fees that are only disclosed on the … Read More ›

Consumer groups ask CA governor to halt insurance industry discussions, say they’ve been left out

CFC in the News || By Michael Finney || ABC 7 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGO) — Information floating around Sacramento points to an industry push for a major change in California’s insurance regulations. “Rumors are abundant, but the thread through all of this is the consumer groups — we … Read More ›

Ticketmaster’s Taylor Swift ticket debacle set off huge fan outrage, but state and federal governments aren’t making expected reforms

CFC in the News || When thousands of fans couldn’t get tickets for megastar Taylor Swift’s summer stadium tour, some diehards paid upwards of 70 times face value to see their favorite artist in person — an outrage that prompted Congressional hearings and bills in state legislatures to better protect consumers. Read the … Read More ›

California lawmakers act after Taylor Swift ticket fiasco. Ticketmaster tries to shake it off.

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Pricey Napa policy summit raises concerns for social media accountability groups

August 03, 2022 By Ashley Zavala || KCRA 3 || Read Article “It’s why people are very cynical about politics and politicians,” said Robert Herrell, executive director of the Consumer Federation of California. “None of the parents whose kids committed suicide because of social media addiction and … Read More ›

CFC in the News: Vote no on Prop. 24, a flawed privacy initiative

Click here to view article | April 13, 2020 | SF Chronicle | Editorial

California forces auto insurers to refund policyholders, but doesn’t specify how much

CFC in the News | April 13, 2020 | Mercury News | By Michael Nowels Petition filed by the Consumer Federation of California in late march of 2020. Read more here >>

Senate committee disses California’s big cryptocurrency push

April 05, 2022|By Susannah Luthi | POLITICO A representative for Yee and the Consumer Federation of California logged their opposition to the bill. In a letter to the committee and Kamlager, the Consumer Federation’s CEO Robert Herrell also stressed the digital currencies’ “wild fluctuations” that leave consumers “completely … Read More ›

A new California law could make your next car rental more expensive

February 24, 2022|By William P. David| THE NEW YORK TIMES “It’s just another way to get additional money without having it show up in the rack rate or the base rate on the car,” Robert Herrell, the executive director of the Consumer Federation of California, told me. “We … Read More ›

Wells Fargo Resolves Investigations with $575 Million Settlement

by KQED Forum, KQED

San Francisco-based Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $575 million to resolve multiple investigations into misconduct at the bank, including inquiries stemming from the 2016 revelation that bank employees were opening accounts for customers without their knowledge. Read More ›

Legislation introduced to address Wells Fargo scandal

“Wells Fargo’s customers were ripped off twice,” said Richard Holober, Executive Director of Consumer Federation of California. “First, the bank created two million fraudulent accounts. Then when consumers tried to sue, the bank forced them into company-dominated arbitration hearings. SB 33 will guarantee that the victims of a bank’s identity theft will get their day in court.” Read More ›

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