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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Single-Payment Vehicle Title Lending

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Govt/Business Scandals

http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/201605_cfpb_single-payment-vehicle-title-lending.pdf

Finds that 1 in 5 borrowers who take out a single-payment auto loan lose their vehicle to the lender for failing to repay the debt.  The typical loan is for about $700 and the typical annual percentage rate is about 300%.  The report covers 3.5 million loans from nonbank lenders.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-20/pdf/2016-11817.pdf

Final rule to modernize collection of injury data related to workers and workplace hazards.  The final rule also promotes an employee’s right to report injuries  and illnesses without fear of retaliation from the employer.  From the Occupational and Safety Health Administration of the Department of Labor

 

Consumer Help Center Data

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Telecommunications/Internet

Provides the public with more information about consumer complaints relating to services (phones, televisions, the Internet, radio, or other accessibility issues), the method by which the consumer receives the service, and the specific issue that caused the complaint.  Covers complaints filed since 2015.  From the Federal Communications Commission

 

Learning Resources Database

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education,Health/Medical,Libraries/Museums

https://learn.nlm.nih.gov/

Search for educational resources at the National Library of Medicine in a single site.  The new resource covers videos, tutorials,  and handouts on such products as PubMed, Clinical Trials.gov, Unified Medical Language System and more.  From the National Library of Medicine

 

Indication of Unconventional Oil and Gas Wastewaters Found in Local Surface Waters

Categories: Business/Economics,Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines

http://toxics.usgs.gov/highlights/2016-05-09-uog_wastes_in_streams.html

White paper on the risks and vulnerabilities associated with the online lending industry.  Provides an overview of the industry, reviews stakeholder opinions, reviews benefits and risks of online lending, and provides policy recommendations.  From the Treasury Department

(business/economics     consumer info/protection     financial crisis/markets     headlines)

Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending

Categories: Business/Economics,Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines

https://www.treasury.gov/connect/blog/Documents/Opportunities_and_Challenges_in_Online_Marketplace_Lending_white_paper.pdf

White paper on the risks and vulnerabilities associated with the online lending industry.  Provides an overview of the industry, reviews stakeholder opinions, reviews benefits and risks of online lending, and provides policy recommendations.  From the Treasury Department

 

U.S. Department of Transportation Expands and Accelerates Takata Air Bag Inflator Recall …

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Transportation

http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/nhtsa-expands-accelerates-takata-inflator-recall-05042016

Press release which announces the recall of an additional 35-40 million inflators through 2019.

Ruptures of the Takata inflators have been blamed for ten deaths and more than 100 injuries in the U.S.  From the National  Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) L’Enfant Plaza Station Electrical Arcing and Smoke Accident

Categories: Births/Deaths,Consumer Info/Protection,District of Columbia,Public Works,Transportation

http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/Documents/Abstract_DCA15FR004.pdf

Synopsis from the final report of a widely publicized DC subway incident which resulted in the death of one person and exposure of maintenance problems plaguing the transit system.  Includes findings, probable cause, and safety recommendations.  From the National Transportation Safety Board

 

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