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From fighting against misleading food labeling and abusive credit card fees to advocating for an internet that is accessible, fair, and secure for all Vermonters, VPIRG is dedicated to pushing for laws and regulations that better protect the consumer and ensure that Vermont is a desirable, safe, and economically vibrant place to live, work, and raise a family. .
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Recent Consumer Protection News
On Monday Judge Christina Reiss rejected a motion from corporate food and chemical companies asking Vermont to stop implementation of the state’s GMO labeling law. The judge also dismissed a number of the plaintiffs’ claims including assertions that the law violates the commerce clause and was expressly preempted by federal law. Possibly the most important aspect ...Read More
Last week the Vermont Senate passed legislation to bring necessary consumer protections to the rent-to-own industry. The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote and now heads to the House of Representatives. These businesses rent out home goods such as couches, refrigerators and televisions to consumers at a premium price, giving consumers the ability to ...Read More
Earlier this month, VPIRG joined a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers and advocates for low income individuals, children, the elderly and socially responsible business in calling for reforms to Vermont’s rent-to-own industry. S.73, a bill that would reign in some of the most egregious industry practices, is now in front of the Senate Economic Development Housing ...Read More
We have hit an important step in the process of labeling genetically engineered foods in Vermont. On Wednesday, February 4th from 5:00-6:00pm at the State House in Montpelier, the Attorney General’s Office will hold the final public hearing on the proposed rules for enforcing Vermont’s GMO labeling law. The Attorney General’s Office has been charged with ...Read More
With the first week of the 2015 Legislative Session wrapping up, check out VPIRG’s priorities for 2015! (Click the Program Name to jump to that section). Clean Energy Consumer Protection Elections & Government Reform Environmental Protection Health Care Toxics & Environmental Health Clean Energy Putting a Price on Pollution: With storms like Irene giving us a taste of what a future of global warming ...Read More
Yesterday the first oral arguments were heard in GMA v. Sorrell, the case against Vermont’s landmark GMO labeling law. Earlier this year the Grocery Manufacturers Association filed suit against the State of Vermont for passing Act 120, the nation’s first no-strings-attached GMO labeling law. The arguments focused on the State’s Motion to Dismiss and the ...Read More
On Wednesday January 7th the Federal District Court in Burlington will be hearing the first oral arguments on Vermont’s landmark GMO labeling law. The arguments will center on the State’s Motion to Dismiss the lawsuit, and the Plaintiffs’ request to stop implementation of the law. This is a major step in deciding if Vermonters have the right ...Read More
On Wednesday December 10th approximately 700 protesters from 22 states descended on Washington D.C. to protest a hearing on HR.4432 otherwise known as the DARK Act (Denying American’s Right to Know Act). The Act aims to preempt and overturn Vermont’s first in the nation GMO labeling law without creating a national mandatory labeling standard. On ...Read More