Google’s parent company, Alphabet*, faces shareholder proposal because of history of repair restrictions

Buy now, pay later apps give consumers the flexibility of paying for purchases in installments, but that convenience comes at a cost. Besides being unregulated and full of fine print, these companies have one ultimate goal: get you to buy more stuff, and go into debt to do it.

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Danielle Melgar
Food & Agriculture Advocate

Many of us use this time of year to reflect on what we want to do differently in the year ahead. One resolution that could really help the planet? Reducing your foodprint.

The national chain prides itself on being a green grocer, but in reality, their promises fall short. Here are 10 steps that Whole Foods should take – many of which have already been taken by other retailers – to be more sustainable and ultimately be an industry leader once again.

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

The CFPB is looking at the impact of Big Tech's entry into the payments space. It asked Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Paypal (owner of Venmo) and Square (owner of Cash App) for answers. PIRG and the Center for Digital Democracy have filed a comment on the threats Big Tech entry poses to consumers, competitors and the banking system. This blog also links to comments by other colleagues.

Cover image Fintech by CafeCredit.com via Flickr, some rights reserved.

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Last week U.S. district court judge Colleen McMahon disrupted a bankruptcy judge’s approval of a Sackler plan to hide most of the family’s billions as part of the corporate bankruptcy of opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma, a firm controlled by the family. We support the draft Sackler Act, which would expressly prohibit such a scheme by non-debtors.

Cover graphic above by Mike Licht via Flickr; Some rights reserved.

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Mike Litt
Director, Consumer Campaign

Most airlines are only offering vouchers, not refunds, when passengers cancel their flights due to concerns including COVID-19.