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Nation’s oldest consumer advocacy organization to present annual awards to Former HHS Secretary and Former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, California AG Rob Bonta, and child marriage survivor and activist Fraidy Reiss on Wednesday, October 11

The National Consumers League (NCL), the nation’s pioneering consumer and worker advocacy organization, has announced it will honor former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and former Governor of Kansas Kathleen Sebelius and California Attorney General Rob Bonta with its highest honor, the Trumpeter Award, on Wednesday, October 11 in Washington, DC.

National Consumers League urges Ticketmaster to refund Springsteen fans

The National Consumers League (“NCL”) today urged Ticketmaster to immediately offer refunds to fans who purchased tickets to Bruce Springsteen’s postponed concerts. Due to illness, the rock icon recently announced indefinite postponements of the remainder of the concerts currently scheduled for September. According to Ticketmaster’s Purchase Policy, consumers will only be able to obtain refunds when the postponed concerts are rescheduled for a date to be determined.

National Consumers League urges swift confirmation of FTC nominees

The National Consumers League (NCL) today urged leaders in the Senate to restore the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to its full complement of Commissioners by swiftly confirming Utah Solicitor General Melissa Holyoak and Virginia Solicitor General Andrew Ferguson, who were nominated by President Biden on July 3 and FTC Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter, who was renominated to a second term on February 13.

From class action to mass arbitration: Exposing corporate evasion in modern commerce

July 6, 2023: Several decades ago, clever lawyers for large corporations came up with a scheme to prevent their clients from being held accountable for wrongdoing. They did so by putting “forced arbitration clauses” in consumer and business contracts. The effect was to block consumers and others from getting access to the courts, and instead force them into arbitration, which is a private system for deciding legal cases that is controlled largely by the corporation itself.

NCL applauds President Biden for protecting student borrowers and vetoing attempt to end critical programs

The National Consumers League (NCL) today applauded President Biden for vetoing Congress’s attempt to roll back critical programs and protections for student loan borrowers. If the bill had become law, President Biden’s one-time debt cancellation would have been nullified, denying over 25 million borrowers critical relief

NCL CEO urges Congress to end companies’ addiction to junk fees

National Consumers League (NCL) CEO Sally Greenberg today urged Congress to do more to rein in predatory junk fees that plague millions of consumers and honest businesses. In testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Consumer Protection Subcommittee on the need for federal action to rein in predatory junk fees, Greenberg urged Senators to support multiple pieces of consumer protection legislation, including President Biden’s Junk Fee Prevention Act.  

NCL and 36 leading patient organizations urge Congress to protect access to essential laboratory tests

The National Consumers League (NCL) today sent a letter signed by 37 leading advocacy organizations, including groups that represent patients with common and chronic conditions who depend on laboratory testing to manage their health, urging Senate and House leaders to protect access to clinical laboratory services by enacting the Saving Access to Laboratory Services Act (SALSA / H.R. 2377 / S. 1000) this year.

Celebrating the life of the brilliant Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each year, I savor the MLK Jr. weekend and holiday because it gives me time to reflect on the impact that Dr. King had. And here in Washington, DC, there’s an annual march along the boulevard named for King that snakes through Ward 8, a largely African American community, with lots of inspiring speeches, marching bands, Double Dutch jump rope jumping, and health fairs along the route. I try never to miss it and today’s march did not disappoint!