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  • So Sue Them: What We’ve Learned About the Debt Collection Lawsuit Machine

    by Paul Kiel ProPublica, May 5, 2016, 8 a.m. Millions of Americans live with the possibility that, at any moment, their wages or the cash in their bank accounts could be seized over an old debt. It’s...

    • Posted May 5, 2016
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  • How a For-Profit College Targeted the Homeless and Kids With Low Self-Esteem

    by Annie Waldman ProPublica Perhaps you remember Corinthian Colleges. It was the country’s second largest chain of for-profit colleges, before it collapsed into bankruptcy last year amid evidence of phony marketing and predatory loans. The shenanigans brought...

    • Posted March 21, 2016
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  • M&T Bank Accused of Discriminating Against Black, Latino and Asian Homebuyers

    by Nikole Hannah-Jones ProPublica, Feb. 9, 2015, 11:06 a.m. One of the nation’s largest banks discriminates against black, Latino and Asian homebuyers by offering lesser qualified white borrowers higher loan amounts and using hidden racial criteria in...

    • Posted February 9, 2015
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  • Republican Senator Tells Hospitals to Stop Suing Poor People

    by Paul Kiel, ProPublica, and Chris Arnold, NPR, Jan. 22, 2015, 5 a.m. This story was co-published with NPR. Sen. Charles Grassley said nonprofit hospitals could be breaking the law when they sue poor patients over unpaid...

    • Posted January 22, 2015
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  • For Nonprofit Hospitals Who Sue Patients, New Rules

    by Paul Kiel ProPublica, Jan. 15, 2015, 10:33 a.m. Last month, ProPublica and NPR detailed how one nonprofit hospital in Missouri sued thousands of lower income workers who couldn’t pay their bills, then seized their wages, all...

    • Posted January 15, 2015
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  • Illinois Revokes License of Temp Agency Check Cashing Store

    by Michael Grabell ProPublica, Jan. 6, 2015, 8 a.m. Illinois regulators revoked the business license last month of a check cashing store featured in a ProPublica investigation of temp agencies and labor brokers in Chicago. The revocation...

    • Posted January 6, 2015
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  • Virginia Based Military Members Now Safer from Long-Distance Lawsuits

    by Paul Kiel ProPublica, Dec. 26, 2014, 11:25 a.m. Federal regulators reached a settlement last week with the owners of two high-priced lenders over what they alleged were illegal debt collection practices against service members. The Virginia-based...

    • Posted December 27, 2014
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  • Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection

    by Paul Kiel, ProPublica, and Chris Arnold, NPR, Sep. 16, 2014, 5 a.m. This story was co-published with NPR. Like any American family living paycheck to paycheck, Conrad Goetzinger and Cassandra Rose hope that if they make...

    • Posted September 16, 2014
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  • Wages of Millions Seized to Pay Past Debts

    by Paul Kiel, ProPublica, and Chris Arnold, NPR, Sep. 15, 2014, 5 a.m. This story was co-published with NPR. Back in 2009, Kevin Evans was one of millions of Americans blindsided by the recession. His 25-year career...

    • Posted September 15, 2014
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  • USA Discounters Agrees to Refund $5 Charge Collected in What Feds Called A “Fee Scam”

    by Paul Kiel ProPublica, Aug. 15, 2014, 9 a.m. USA Discounters, a retail company that caters to service members, has agreed to refund $350,000 collected as part of what federal regulators termed a “fee scam.” The company...

    • Posted August 15, 2014
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  • Four Ways You Can Seek Back Pay for an Unpaid Internship

    by Kara Brandeisky ProPublica, May 9, 2014, 12 p.m. At ProPublica, we’ve heard from a lot of unpaid interns. You’ve told us about walking your boss’s dog, fact-checking for magazines and even doing the same work as...

    • Posted May 9, 2014
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  • Why You Should Never Pay Sticker Price for College

    by Marian Wang ProPublica, Jan. 2, 2014, 9:27 a.m. You know all those seemingly great sales during the holidays? It turns out, they are often a “carefully engineered illusion.”  A recent piece in the Wall Street Journal...

    • Posted January 2, 2014
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  • When Lenders Sue, Quick Cash Can Turn Into a Lifetime of Debt

    by Paul Kiel ProPublica, Dec. 13, 2013, 10:47 a.m. A version of this story will be published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sunday. Five years ago, Naya Burks of St. Louis borrowed $1,000 from AmeriCash Loans....

    • Posted December 13, 2013
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  • Payday Lenders in Texas Try to Dodge Law

    by Paul Kiel ProPublica Alarmed by the explosion of high-cost lending in the state, cities across Texas have passed ordinances to prevent the cycle of debt that short-term, high-cost loans can create. But some big lenders are...

    • Posted September 3, 2013
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  • How Payday Lenders Fight to Stay Legal

    by Paul Kiel ProPublica, Aug. 2, 2013, 9 a.m. A version of this story was co-published with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. As the Rev. Susan McCann stood outside a public library in Springfield, Mo., last year, she...

    • Posted August 2, 2013
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