Statement of Consumer Federation of California’s Executive Director Robert Herrell on the United States Supreme Court’s Decision in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Community Financial Services Assn. of America, Ltd.:

“The Consumer Federation of California (CFC) is pleased that, on a 7-2 vote, the United States Supreme Court has held that the financing structure of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is legal and constitutional. By rejecting the spurious arguments of the payday lenders and those … Read More ›

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 ›

Consumer Federation of California Sponsors Bill To Inject Competition Into Ticketing Marketplace Dominated By Ticketmaster/Live Nation Monopoly

Bill by Assemblymember Wicks supported by fans, artists & community groups; bill opposed by monopoly under federal investigation  For Immediate Release; April 09, 2024 SACRAMENTO – The Consumer Federation of California (CFC) featured at a press conference Monday regarding a bill authored by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) … Read More ›

Attorney General Rob Bonta and Senator Limón Introduce Bill, Co-sponsored by Consumer Advocacy Groups, to Safeguard Consumers from Medical Debt

Contact: (916) 210-6000, SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Rob Bonta, Senator Monique Limón (D- Santa Barbara), and a coalition of prominent consumer advocacy organizations today unveiled Senate Bill 1061 (SB 1061), legislation seeking to protect consumers from having their credit ruined by prohibiting medical debt from being … Read More ›


For Immediate Release; February 6, 2024 SACRAMENTO, CA – The Consumer Federation of California today announced that it has endorsed Congresswoman Katie Porter (D – Irvine) for the open California seat in the United States Senate. “After seeking interviews with all three major Democratic candidates the Consumer … 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 ›


The CA Dept. of Insurance is sponsoring a bill heavily influenced by life and annuity insurers that undermines what Biden’s Department of Labor has proposed to keep consumers away from unsuitable products Bill being rushed months before deadline harms consumers; no meaningful negotiations despite bill’s previously being … Read More ›

Give now to support the Consumer Federation of California this Giving Tuesday

Help protect consumers on #GivingTuesday by giving generously to the Consumer Federation of California (CFC)!  CFC thanks YOU for all you do to help us help consumers. Today is a national day of generosity, #GivingTuesday. It’s a day when you can make a big impact on CFC’s … Read More ›

Governor Newsom Signs a Number of Key Consumer Protection Legislation Sponsored by the Consumer Federation of California

Late Friday night California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law five bills sponsored by the Consumer Federation of California that help consumers avoid scams, junk fees, and enhance their rights over data that their in-vehicle cameras may capture. The five bills are: 1. SB 296 (Dodd) – … 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 ›


“Simple, elegant and groundbreaking” says CFC Executive Director For Immediate Release; October 11, 2023 Sacramento, CA –  Consumer Federation of California (CFC) Executive Director Robert Herrell today issued the following statement in response to the FTC’s proposed rule banning junk and hidden fees: “CFC strongly supports the simple, … Read More ›

As Sam Bankman-Fried fraud trial begins, Governor Newsom can act right now to protect California consumers in crypto

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Two Bills on Governor’s Desk Would License & Regulate Crypto and “Crypto Kiosks” to Help Protect Consumers from Scams and Rip-Offs For Immediate Release || Wednesday, October 4, 2023 SACRAMENTO, CA – As the federal fraud trial of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried began in New York, the Consumer … Read More ›

Key Consumer Protection Bills Head to Governor

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Consumer Federation of California Shepherds Vital Protections for California Consumers to Curb Crypto Scams, Attack Hidden/Junk Fees, and Enhance Privacy For Immediate Release || Friday, September 15, 2023 Sacramento, CA September 15, 2023 – As the California State Legislature finalized its legislative actions for the year, final … Read More ›

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