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For Immediate Release: 4/24/14
Schwab Backs Down on Class-Action Ban
Statement by Christine Hines, Consumer and Civil Justice Counsel, Public Citizen
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For Immediate Release: 4/21/14
It’s Not Just General Mills: Dozens of Major Companies Use Unfair Fine Print to Deny People Their Legal Rights
Facing a public uproar that showed no sign of abating, General Mills dropped the unfair fine print it posted online that would deprive customers who used its website of the right to sue to settle a dispute.
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For Immediate Release: 4/18/14
Secret, Outside Money Will Dominate NH Senate Contest Unless Candidates Adopt 2012 ‘People’s Pledge’
Democracy advocates today renewed their call for candidates in New Hampshire’s contest for the U.S. Senate to block outside money from the race by taking the “People’s Pledge.”
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For Immediate Release: 4/16/14
Bankruptcy-Inducing Bills From Out-of-Network Providers Plague Patients, Should Be Curbed, Public Citizen Report Shows
Congress and the states should take steps to protect patients from large, unexpected medical bills from out-of-network providers, Public Citizen said today.
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For Immediate Release: 4/15/14
IRS Plan to Revise Proposed Rules for Nonprofits Is Welcome News
A plan by the IRS to revise and re-propose new rules about nonprofit political activity is welcome news for the many organizations that encouraged the IRS to continue the rulemaking process and improve the original proposal, Public Citizen said today.
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For Immediate Release: 4/10/14
When Wall Street Mega-Banks Control Commodities, Prices Rise, the Financial System Is Endangered, Public Citizen Report Shows
As the Federal Reserve Board revisits a critical policy concerning whether Wall Street mega-banks may own commodities, a new Public Citizen report concludes that for the sake of consumers and the financial system, regulators and lawmakers should establish a strong wall between banks and commerce.
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For Immediate Release: 4/9/14
As Partisan Hearings on IRS Scandal Continue, Nonprofits Stay Focused
As partisan maneuvering over the IRS targeting scandal continues in the U.S. House of Representatives, organizations are calling for real reforms to the way the IRS treats nonprofit political activity.
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For Immediate Release: 4/8/14
A Publicly Funded, Universal Health Care System Would Be a Boon to U.S. Businesses, Public Citizen Report Says
New System Would Boost Economy, Reduce Costs and Eliminate Unfair Burdens on Companies That Provide Health Insurance Benefits
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For Immediate Release: 4/8/14
In Wake of Banking Crisis that Brought Economic Calamity, House Committee to Press Regulators to Let Up
The House Committee on Financial Services will question the leading legal officers of the nation’s bank regulators in a hearing today titled “Who’s in Your Wallet: Examining How Washington Red Tape Impairs Economic Freedom.” Public Citizen experts issued the following remarks.
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For Immediate Release: 4/7/14
Civic Organizations Call on Congress to Restore Election Assistance Commission to Full Strength
A diverse coalition of 16 civil rights, voting rights and campaign finance groups today called on congressional leaders to recommend two Republicans for the president to nominate to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
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