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News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | COVID-19

Statement: Consumer complaints about COVID-19 fraud near 50,000

Consumer complaints to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) related to the coronavirus approached 50,000 on Tuesday. U.S. PIRG Education Fund has documented the actions taken by the FTC and 14 other federal agencies in response to coronavirus scams.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection

MASSPIRG Calls for Passage of Price Gouging Law

MASSPIRG called on the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure to pass S. 2652, An Act relative to preventing price gouging during an emergency filed by Senator Bruce Tarr. The bill would codify into law the emergency price gouging regulation, 940, CMR 3:18, that Attorney General Maura Healey issued on 3/20/20.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Democracy

Bill Would Expand Voting Options to Safeguard Massachusetts’ Fall Elections

Working with a coalition of voting-rights organizations, Rep. Michael Moran, Second Assistant Majority Leader, and Rep. John Lawn, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Election Laws, yesterday filed legislation to boost voting options for this fall’s elections. The legislation is sponsored in the Senate by Senators Eric Lesser and Adam Hinds. Other representatives and senators will be asked to sign onto the bill later today.

News Release | MASSPIRG | COVID-19, Public Health

Amid equipment and testing shortages, health professionals call for transparent, central coordination from Trump administration

BOSTON-  U.S. PIRG, Get Us PPE, Doctors for America, Massachusetts Nurses Association, the Massachusetts Public Health Association and several other health groups along with nearly 300 medical professionals sent a letter to the Trump Administration today calling for central coordination of the medical supply chain and comprehensive testing infrastructure. More than two months into the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, health professionals say they still lack adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep them safe.

News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Tips, COVID-19

New analysis: Most fake COVID-19 products claim antiviral, immune-boosting properties

BOSTON -- Desperate for a cure to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many Americans are turning to the internet for answers. What they’re finding, however, is a minefield of dubious products posted by unscrupulous sellers. False claims are tricking worried people into paying for fake solutions that give them a false sense of security. The federal government hasn’t approved any product that prevents or treats COVID-19.

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