Consumer Protection

News Release | CALPIRG | Public Health, Consumer Protection

California first state to ban toxic chemicals in personal care products, cosmetics

In a major victory for the movement for safer cosmetics, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, Assembly Bill 2762, into law on Wednesday. This is the nation’s first state-level ban of 24 toxic ingredients, including mercury and formaldehyde, from the beauty and personal care products Californians use every day.

News Release | CALPIRG | Consumer Protection, Financial Reform

California’s new “mini-CFPB” is a victory for consumer protection

 

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Friday creating a new consumer protection watchdog in California, the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI). The new agency will have expanded oversight of companies, including debt collectors and credit reporting agencies.

Fragrances in personal care products can harm consumer health by masking the presence of toxic ingredients. More than 3,000 ingredients hide behind the term fragrance, so when looking at an ingredient list, you can't be sure what's in your product.

News Release | US PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

FTC settles first case against VoIP provider for allowing illegal robocalls

This FTC settlement must be a wake-up call to phone service providers so they do more to protect consumers. If not, the FTC must be vigilant in going after companies that enable the immoral practice of preying on consumers. And the FCC should require providers to block spoofed calls that we all know are scams.

Choosing the best way to pay: Cash, credit cards, debit cards, P2P, checks or online payments

Cash has long been king. That hasn’t changed during the pandemic, despite the push by some merchants to discourage customers from paying with cash.

CALPIRG legislative victories in 2020

By | Claudia Deeg
Associate

Here’s a recap of some of the innovative new laws, supported by CALPIRG, that passed the Legislature this year:

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