Category: Other Consumer Issues

CCM Aids National Campaign for Consumer Safety in Rental, Used Cars

CCM has been working closely with a national group, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS), urging St. Louis's Enterprise Leasing to stop fighting a federal bill to prevent rental car companies from renting recalled cars until they are repaired.  Now we learn the problem extends to used cars on dealers' lots - in St. Louis! New: Unrepaired Recalled Cars for Sale on Used Car Lots - in St. Louis! NBC's Today Show recently went undercover and found auto dealers lying a ...

Op Ed: Bipartisan Bill Protecting Ticket Buyers Should Be Welcome in Missouri

Columbia Daily Tribune, April 26, 2015 By Carl Bearden and Tracy McCreery From very different perspectives, we — a former Republican state representative and current director of United for Missouri, and a Democratic state representative and board member of Consumers Council of Missouri — share a concern over practices in the live event ticketing industry that affect thousands of sports and entertainment fans in Missouri: restricted ticketing. Restricted ticketing, dubbed “ ...

Op Ed: Deceptive Tickets Can Ruin Show

By Cara Spencer St. Louis is fortunate to have a fantastic show scene. International tours stop here regularly and include local artists who perform here multiple times a year, such as Pokey LaFarge and Chuck Berry. And out-of-town big names such as Kings of Leon, The Black Keys and Keith Urban are stopping through this fall. People we thought we’d never see play again, like Merle Haggard, are hopping in buses and stopping here. We even get fantastic comedy like Hannibal Buress. ...

CCM Fights for Consumer Interests During 2015 Legislative Session

Let your legislators know where your opinion on these bills.  To find out who represents you in the House and the Senate, CLICK HERE. Then email your representative and senator asking them to vote your interests on these bills. UTILITIES CCM Supports: Senate Bill 160 -- Utility Transparency and Fairness Act -- Sen. Dan Brown The bill would require all regulated utilities to publicly file quarterly earnings reports so that the public will know when a utility is earning more m ...

PSC Supports Restricting Payday Lenders As Sites for Consumers to Pay Utility Bills

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 4, 2014 Missouri utility regulators want to limit the relationship between the companies they regulate and the payday lenders where some customers pay their bills. A majority of the Missouri Public Service Commission expressed support for a new rule keeping utilities from using payday lenders as “authorized pay stations,” which are locations authorized by a utility to accept bill payments. “There’s still a long way to go before we have a ...

How To Buy Live Event, Sports Tickets

National Consumers League, August 19, 2014 With fall concert series being announced, the NFL season ready to kick off, and MLB playoffs just around the corner, it is a great time to be a live music and sports fan. However, ticket sellers such as Ticketmaster, artists, sports teams, and venues do not always have consumers’ best interests at heart. NCL wants to make sure fans have the information they need to make the best ticket buying decisions they can. Below are just a few ...

Editorials, Blogs Expose Negative Effects of Steep Sales Tax Hike for Roads

Kansas City Star: Missouri Road Tax Increase a Study in Bad Behavior St. Louis Post-Dispatch: MoDOT's List of Shiny Objects Can't Obscure Problems with Amendment 7 JimmyCsays: The proposed 3/4 cent state sales-tax increase for transportation is a bum deal for taxpayers Ray Hartmann in St. Louis Magazine: Indecent Proposals Sen. John Lamping in Missouri Times: Missouri Road Tax Proposal A Cynical Grab by Special Interests ...

GM Announces Support for Bill Banning Rental, Sale of Unrepaired Recalled Cars

Office of U.S. Sentator Charles Schumer, July 16, 2014 General Motors is First Major Car Manufacturer to Support Bill Closing Dangerous Loophole Schumer: GM’s Support for Our Bill Shows the Real Danger of Having Defective Cars on the Road and Opens Door for Other Manufacturers to Endorse the Bill and Keep Consumers Safe U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) has announced that General Motors is the first major car manufacturer to support his legislation that would close a ...

CFPB Acts Against Payday Lender for Pressuring Consumers into Debt Cycle

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, July 10, 2014 ACE to Pay $10 Million for Illegal Debt Collection Tactics  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took enforcement action against ACE Cash Express, one of the largest payday lenders in the United States, for pushing payday borrowers into a cycle of debt. The CFPB found that ACE used illegal debt collection tactics – including harassment and false threats of lawsuits or criminal prosecution ...

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