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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, conducts media exposes, produces consumer guides, and sends out consumer alerts so we 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 face masks and bottled water.

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Report: Number of phone companies installing robocall technology quadruples

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Report: Number of phone companies installing robocall technology quadruples

A year after a new federal law aimed at fighting robocalls, the number of phone companies that have adopted the required technology has quadrupled and the volume of scam robocalls has dropped in half. But spam texts have increased more than tenfold as con artists and identity thieves find alternative ways to steal Americans’ personal information and money.

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Advocacy groups, 48,000 petitioners demand Columbia Sportswear stop using toxic PFAS chemicals in clothing

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Advocacy groups, 48,000 petitioners demand Columbia Sportswear stop using toxic PFAS chemicals in clothing

U.S. PIRG Education Fund and NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) hosted a media conference outside Columbia Sportswear’s flagship store in downtown Portland on Thursday to deliver a petition, with more than 48,000 signatures, urging the clothing manufacturer and retailer to phase out the use of PFAS chemicals in their products.

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California marks 40th anniversary of landmark auto ‘Lemon Law’

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California marks 40th anniversary of landmark auto ‘Lemon Law’

On July 7, 1982 – 40 years ago on Thursday –  former Gov. Jerry Brown signed California’s landmark auto “lemon law.” To raise awareness of the ongoing importance of California’s lemon law 40 years later, CALPIRG Education Fund, the Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety Foundation and Frontier Group recently released a report comparing different auto manufacturers and how commonly they are sued over the lemon law. 

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Ed
Mierzwinski

Ed
Mierzwinski

Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program, PIRG