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National Consumer Law Center (1969-) | Morse Department of Special Collections

Name: National Consumer Law Center (1969-)


Historical Note:

1969         The National Consumer Law Center is founded at the Boston College School of Law 1969-Present Advocated for fairness in the Uniform Consumer Credit code 1969-Present Advocated on behalf of the Truth-in-Lending Act and subsequent revisions as applied to the poor and middle-income families in several states

1972         Participated in the trial of Fuentes v Shevin, asserting unconstitutionality of the Uniform Commercial Code 1972         Participated in the trial of Swarb v Lennox, arguing that Philadelphia business actions violated the right to "due process"

1974         Shaped the implementation of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act

1974         Lobbied for the creation of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

1976         Lobbied the Federal Trade Commission to retract a statement on Enforcement Policy, which opened consumers to lender exploitation

1978         Aided in the passage of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. 1980s        Advised on the application of the Unfair and Deceptive Practices Acts (UDPA), including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (1978, 1986) 1984 March   Robert Erwin Offered testimony before the United States Congress Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs committee on Bill S.2181

1987         Actively opposed the "Depository Institution Deregulation and Monetary Control Act"

1989         Queried the Federal Home Loan Bank Board on regulations concerning time shares

1990         Lobbied for the creation of the Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

1990         NCLC presented the Vern Countryman Consumer Law Award to Henry J. Sommers for "leadership in promoting the field of consumer law."  The annual award was given to a legal service or public interest attorney who provided a special contribution to the practice of consumer law on behalf of the rights of low-income Americans.

1994         Advised the Federal Trade Commission on the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act 1996-Present Participated in the enforcement of Federal Reserve System Regulation Z of the Truth-in-Lending Act

1996         Shaped the implementation of an electronic payment of funds system by employers

1996         Argued on behalf of Dorothy McFarland in McFarland v. Southern Division Credit Union, regarding alleged improper loan/debt disclosure.

1997         Offered testimony before the United States Congress on behalf of the Regulatory Relief and Economic Efficiency Act

1999         Began Sustainable Homeownership Group Projects to combat high rate lending abuses

2000         Organized the Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, Broomfield, CO

2000         Organized an ongoing initiative focusing on the providing of affordable low-income access to private energy and public utilities services

2001         Organized the Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, Baltimore, MD

2002         Organized the Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, Atlanta, Georgia

2003         Organized the Consumer Rights Litigation Conference Oakland, CA

2004         Organized the Consumer Rights Litigation Conference Boston, MA

2005         Organized the Consumer Rights Litigation Conference Minneapolis, MN

2006         Organized the Consumer rights and Litigation Conference Miami

2007         Organized the Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, Washington, D.C

2008         After raising $5.5 million over a three year Building for Marketplace Justice Campaign NCLC moves into an 1870s apartment building on the corner of Summer Street and Otis Street in Boston's financial district

2009         Organized the Consumer Rights Litigation Conference and Consumer  Class Action Symposium 2009         Organized the Fair Debt Collection Training Conference in San Diego, CA






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