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New Report: Robocalls Fall, Robotexts Skyrocket

Consumer alerts

New Report: Robocalls Fall, Robotexts Skyrocket

According to a new report by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund, “Ringing in our Fears”, a year after a new federal law aimed at fighting robocalls went into place, the number of phone companies that have adopted the required technology has quadrupled and the volume of scam robocalls has dropped in half. But the Arizona PIRG Education Fund said that spam texts have increased more than tenfold as con artists and identity thieves find alternative ways to steal Americans’ personal information and money.

Media Releases  

Statement: U.S. PIRG joins Rep. Maloney and Sens. Booker and Warren for press conference on predatory overdraft fees

Consumer alerts

Statement: U.S. PIRG joins Rep. Maloney and Sens. Booker and Warren for press conference on predatory overdraft fees

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) and Sens. Cory Booker (NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (MA) were joined by Mike Litt, U.S. PIRG’s consumer campaign director, and other advocates Tuesday to urge action on legislation to protect financial institutions’ customers from predatory overdraft fees.

Media Statements  

Statement: FTC Takes Action Against Harley-Davidson and Westinghouse for “Illegally Restricting Customers’ Right to Repair.”

Right to repair

Statement: FTC Takes Action Against Harley-Davidson and Westinghouse for “Illegally Restricting Customers’ Right to Repair.”

PIRG’s Senior Right to Repair Campaign Director, Nathan Proctor, issued the following statement on the FTC announcement: “The rubber is hitting the road on the FTC’s new focus on protecting your Right to Repair ... "

Media Statements  

Phoenix City Council Unanimously Adopts Transportation Electrification Action Plan

Biking, walking & transit

Phoenix City Council Unanimously Adopts Transportation Electrification Action Plan

Today, the Phoenix City Council unanimously approved a Transportation Electrification Action Plan that was developed through an Ad Hoc Committee led by Councilwoman Ansari and City Staff. The passage of the Plan, which will save taxpayers money while also improving air quality and public health, was lauded by consumer, clean energy, and public health organizations.

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Arizona Corporation Commission Says No (Again) to SRP

Clean air

Arizona Corporation Commission Says No (Again) to SRP

Consumer, public health, community, business, environmental, clean energy, and faith-based entities along with residents of Randolph and SRP ratepayers applauded the Commission for once again rejecting Salt River Project’s proposal to add 16 gas units at a cost of nearly $1 billion in ratepayer money.

Media Releases  

128,000 Americans Hospitalized Per Year From Foodborne Illness; Grocers, Government Need To Better Warn Consumers About Recalls

Consumer alerts

128,000 Americans Hospitalized Per Year From Foodborne Illness; Grocers, Government Need To Better Warn Consumers About Recalls

According to the Arizona PIRG Education Fund, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled 225 varieties of bagged lettuce, spinach and salad products in December because of potentially deadly contamination it took the FDA a week to post a public notice on its web site. While many stores quickly notify customers of recalls one way or another, they’re not required to, and their practices are neither uniform nor always timely. 

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