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News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

New report: COVID-19 pandemic worsens existing consumer problems with car buying

BOSTON -- Consumer complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding vehicle loans and leases have increased sharply during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report by the MASSPIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group. The analysis suggests that consumers in Massachusetts and across the United States are facing abusive and deceptive practices from the automobile lending industry. 

News Release | MASSPIRG

Press Statement from the Election Modernization Coalition

For the first time in Massachusetts history, new voting reforms give people more opportunities to register, to vote and to track their ballot.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

Humira manufacturer’s efforts to block generic options challenged in court

The maker of Humira, the world’s best-selling drug, faces a new legal challenge over alleged anticompetitive tactics. Monday, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) filed an amicus brief in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that AbbVie’s strategies of reverse payment settlements and creating “patent thickets” have delayed the entry of biologically similar generic drugs (biosimilars) onto the market, costing Americans billions of dollars.

News Release | MASSPIRG | COVID-19

“Home Safe for the Holidays” initiative launched to promote a safe holiday season

Boston- At the time of year that many Americans usually start making holiday travel plans, the consumer advocacy group, MASSPIRG and USPIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups, are launching a national “Home Safe for the Holidays” initiative.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Statement: Transportation and climate program offers ticket to a healthier future for Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

Harvard researchers released a study Tuesday showing that a proposed region-wide program to reduce Northeast and Mid-Atlantic transportation emissions will have significant public health benefits. The prospective program, known as the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), would create an enforceable and mandatory limit on transportation pollution.

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