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Consumer Affairs Committee

The Consumer Affairs Committee of the New York City Bar Association addresses current consumer protection issues on the national, state and local levels. Recent topics include consumer credit and debt, the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, updates on consumer protection legislation and reform on the state and local levels, privacy, and advertising and marketing law. The committee often collaborates with other City Bar committees, particularly in opining on state and local legislative issues and organizing programs.


Recent Reports

Comments on proposed amendment to adopt the use of forms for default applications in consumer debt cases (December 2013) 
( PDF ) 
Subject area: Consumer Debt

Comments on proposed rule making by the New York State Department of Financial Services regarding debt collection (October 2013) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Debt Collection Practices

Report on A.597 which would amend the Budget Planning Law to permit entities other than Type B not-for-profit corporations to offer debt management services and allow such entities to conduct business in New York, subject to licensure, fee limitations, consumer disclosures, and additional conditions. (May 2013) ( PDF )
Subject area: Debt Settlement Services

For the full list of committee reports click here


Legislative Activity

For more information on the legislative and policy work of the committee, including relevant reports, bill texts and additional advocacy materials, click here.


Of Interest

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Policy Recommendations for New York City's Next Mayor
(PDF)