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30 years of toy safety

For the past thirty years, our sister organization U.S. PIRG Education Fund has taken a close look at the safety of toys sold in stores. Their reports have led to more than 150 regulatory actions. In November 2015, they released our 30th annual Trouble in Toyland report.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

30 Years of "Trouble in Toyland," 30 Years of Safety Improvements | Anna Low-Beer

Every year, U.S. PIRG Education Fund releases Trouble in Toyland, a report on toy safety which examines toys bought at major national retailers, looking for safety hazards including toxic toys, choking hazards, labeling violations, powerful magnets, and excessibely loud toys. We continue to find these hazards on store shelves, which indicates the need for continued vigilance and adequate enforcement of safety regulations. But despite lingering dangers, in the last 30 years, we've come a long way in terms of both policy and compliance with standards.

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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Public Health

Medical Professionals Call for Action to Save Antibiotics

Nearly six hundred medical and health care professionals from across the nation are calling on major restaurant chains to set strong antibiotics policies that protect public health.

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Result | Democracy

Giving more Americans a greater voice in our elections

In our democracy, the size of your wallet shouldn’t determine the volume of your voice. In 2015, we helped win reforms in Maine and Seattle to ensure that more Americans have a greater say in our elections. Seattle’s Initiative-122 empowers small donors with “democracy vouchers” that can be donated to local candidates and lowers the cap on contributions. In Maine, the state’s Clean Elections Act was improved by strengthening campaign finance disclosure laws and offering qualifying candidates increased public funding.

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Blog Post | Financial Reform

Privacy, We've Got Tips and Ideas For You, Congress and Regulators, Too | Ed Mierzwinski

Problems with privacy and data security are all over the news these days. We've got you covered, from releasing a new report and consumer tips on the security freeze today to testifying to Congress (last week) on payment card security and speaking on a panel at the FTC tomorrow on Internet lead generation (what's that?). Oh, and we're waiting for answers to our questions to the CFPB about the credit bureau Experian joining the ranks of the breached. We've been busy as we explain in this "roundup" blog entry.

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Stores misinform shoppers about digital TV switch, group says

Employees at the nation's top retail stores are giving out bad information about the country's upcoming switch to digital TV.

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Duke Energy plan puts a price on cutting back

Duke Energy has won over some skeptics in South Carolina on a novel energy efficiency program that would allow the utility to charge customers up to four times as much as utilities typically charge to pay for such programs.

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Debate Over Who Controls Insurance Continues

A legislative committee Wednesday heard arguments for and against a proposal that would give auto insurance companies more control over the rates they charge consumers.

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News Release | NCPIRG | Consumer Protection

Legislative Committee Considers Anti-Consumer Insurance Proposals

Today, members of the Automobile Insurance Modernization Joint Select Committee will revisit proposals by the insurance industry to drastically alter auto insurance regulation. The Committee was created after two bills, S900 and S901, failed to pass in the 2007 legislative session as a result of consumer backlash.  

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Controlling auto insurance rates

The General Assembly is considering a massive overhaul to how the state sets auto insurance rates.

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