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Choose gift cards wisely this holiday season

December 1, 2008
NCL's 2008 Consumer Calendar: December tips helps consumers protect their friends and loved ones from cards that lose value and cause heartache.

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Economic security, health and safety of nation: National groups call for adoption of pro-consumer policies

December 11, 2008
Seven national groups join together to reverse slide on pocketbook issues, announce call for White House Consumer 'Czar,' goals for new Congress, challenges for new administration.

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Statement of support from the National Consumers League on House passage of the DTV Delay Act

February 4, 2009
As an estimated 6.5 million U.S. households remain unprepared for the DTV transition, NCL applauded the U.S. House of Representatives to approve a four-month delay in the shutdown of analog TV signals as a victory for consumers.

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More bad economic news: Recession putting consumers at increased risk of being duped by pyramid schemes

February 26, 2009
Nearly a third of Americans say the current recession has made them more likely to consider a home-based business offer, which has prompted consumer advocates to issue a warning that fraudulent pyramid schemes disguised as legitimate business opportunities are posing a greater threat than ever to consumers’ wallets and financial health.

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Prevention, not just enforcement, needed to curb growth in foreclosure rescue scams

April 10, 2009
With home foreclosures at an unprecedented and historic high, millions of consumers are more vulnerable than ever to mortgage fraud and bogus foreclosure rescue schemes, warns NCL, which today called for greater focus on consumer education to fight the growth of mortgage-related frauds.

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Consumer, public interest leaders to wireless industry: Forgive early termination fees for unemployed subscribers

April 21, 2009
With millions of workers facing layoffs, involuntary furloughs, and unemployment consumer and public interest leaders are urging the wireless industry to take the pro-consumer step of allowing subscribers who have become unemployed to cancel their service contracts without incurring penalties that could add to their financial burdens.

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Teen financial literacy program receives grant from Experian

April 22, 2009
As the 2009 state champion LifeSmarts teams gear up for the National Championship in St. Louis, MO, NCL has announced a $146,000 grant from Experian®, the global information services company, to help underwrite LifeSmarts, NCL’s 15-year-old program that educates teens and tweens on real-world financial and consumer literacy issues.

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Consumer, nutrition groups urge Obama, Congress to update alcohol policies for the 21st Century

April 23, 2009
A coalition of public interest groups have called on Congress and the Obama Administration to overturn decades of inattention to the nation’s alcohol policies by finally issuing a useful final regulation to require standardized labeling information on beer, wine, and distilled spirits products and providing the government resources needed to address such pressing problems as underage drinking, binge drinking, and drunk driving.

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Wisconsin takes 2009 national LifeSmarts title

April 29, 2009
In a tough final match against the second-place team from Washington State’s Kittitas High School, the Wisconsin teens from Oconto High School outscored their opponents and did it with great sportsmanship. Teams from New Hampshire and Oklahoma placed third in the 15th annual LifeSmarts national championship in St. Louis.

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