Category Archives: Latest In Consumer News

White House and Congress clash over liability protections for businesses as firms cautiously weigh virus reopening plans

Full article in Washington Post here

CSS Opposes Deregulation as a Response to the Pandemic

Link to Coalition for Sensible Safeguards

Stabbing Us in the Back’: United Airlines Cuts Worker Hours After Taking Relief Funds ‘SLAP IN THE FACE’

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said this week the funds were not meant as “an economic bail-out” but “to support the hard-working men and women who are the faces of United Airlines.” Daily Beast full story here

Amazon, Whole Foods, Instacart Workers Organize a Historic Mass Strike

On May 1st, frontline workers at some of the biggest corporations in the country will lead a mass strike action, asking customers to boycott Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods, and Target. Read full story

AutoNation, a retailer worth billions, says it received nearly $80 million in SBA funds

Employees speak out, saying the company took ‘an obscene amount,’ and the board votes to return funds to the government. See the full article from the Washington Post.

Wells Fargo reaches $3 billion settlement with DOJ, SEC over fake-accounts scandal

Feb. 21, 2020 – Renae Merle, Washington Post – Wells Fargo agreed Friday to pay $3 billion to settle potential federal criminal and civil charges that, for more than a decade, the bank’s aggressive sales goals led to widespread consumer abuses, including millions of accounts opened without … Read More ›

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson pushes to end “pink tax”

Feb. 18, 2020 – Lindsay Zuchelli, KEYT ABC Channel 3 – State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson is pushing to end the so-called “Pink Tax.” The senator, whose district covers Santa Barbara County and part of Ventura County, held a news conference Tuesday in Sacramento alongside Congresswoman Jackie Speier, … Read More ›

Who’s looking at your DNA data? California lawmaker introduces genetic privacy bill

Andrew Sheeler, Sacramento Bee – Feb. 14, 2020. A proposed California law would prohibit DNA testing companies like Ancestry and 23andMe from sharing customer DNA information with outside parties without their consent.

U.S. charges 4 members of Chinese military in Equifax breach

Feb. 10, 2020 – Associated Press Four members of the Chinese military have been charged with breaking into the networks of the Equifax credit reporting firm and stealing the personal information of tens of millions of Americans, the Justice Department said Monday, blaming Beijing for one of … Read More ›

‘Being poor in America is a full-time job’: The astronomical cost of banking while poor

Feb. 6, 2020. Paul Constant, Business Insider – The commutes of poor Americans are often longer than those of middle-class Americans. Buying less expensive, low-quality products — say, a cheap pair of boots with cardboard soles — often results in a larger outlay of money over time than a slightly more … Read More ›

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