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These days we all need to be smart consumers. We need access to the information and resources it takes to avoid the latest scams, stop identity thieves, spot rip offs and keep unsafe food and toxic products out of our shopping carts. PIRG’s consumer watchdog team does the research, publicizes issues through the media, produces consumer guides, and sends out consumer alerts so we all have the tools to make smart, safe, informed choices.

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In times of emergency, our researchers have found price surges of up to 166% for critical supplies like bottled water.

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Our guide provides tips for avoiding price-gouging and a how-to for reporting bad actors.

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Teva Pharmaceuticals to Settle in Opioid Crisis

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Teva Pharmaceuticals to Settle in Opioid Crisis

Teva is the latest pharmaceutical manufacturer or distributor to reach a tentative settlement with states, tribes and other jurisdictions for its role in the long-running opioid crisis, which was epitomized by the billionaire Sackler family's efforts to reduce their own liability by its efforts to hide most of the family’s billions as part of the corporate bankruptcy of opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma, which the family controlled.

CFPB, OCC fine Bank of America $225 M for botching pandemic response to consumers

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CFPB, OCC fine Bank of America $225 M for botching pandemic response to consumers

Today the CFPB and OCC fined Bank of America a combined $225 million for "Botched Disbursement of State Unemployment Benefits at Height of Pandemic." As the release notes, it's not the first time the big bank has been penalized for consumer law violations. We've noted the bank's previous violations, too.

Celebrate the President’s Executive Order on Competition

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Celebrate the President’s Executive Order on Competition

One year ago, President Biden signed an executive order promoting competition and opposing practices of powerful special interests that raise prices for consumers, impede innovation, prevent nascent competitors from succeeding and deny consumers marketplace choices. 

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Ed
Mierzwinski

Ed
Mierzwinski

Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program, PIRG

Mike
Litt

Mike
Litt

Director, Consumer Campaign, PIRG