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Public Citizen works to establish important legal precedents for consumer rights by handling appeals, collaborating on class action lawsuits, and filing amicus briefs. Through our Litigation Group, we defend consumers' right to access the civil justice system (by challenging one-sided arbitration clauses and preserving consumer remedies) and advocate rules that allow people to effectively challenge unfair and deceptive practices (such as auto fraud, debt collection practices, or credit reporting violations). We also litigate constitutional issues that arise in consumer law. In recent years, we have won victories overturning rejecting sovereign-immunity defenses by debt collectors operating under government contract and reversing a decision striking down the Fair Credit Reporting Act as unconstitutional. To read about our cases on this topic, click here.

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Launched in September 2006, the blog is a great way to keep abreast of the latest developments in consumer law and policy and engage in discussions on consumer issues. The contributors are a diverse group of law professors, public interest litigators, and private lawyers, who teach or practice consumer law. To subscribe to the blog, click here.

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