Internet Lenders Want to Pick the Law that Applies to Their Loans in VA

If you live in Virginia and get a loan over the internet, Virginia law applies to that loan. Right? Not quite. Many internet lenders don’t follow Virginia law though they are conducting business in the state.  These lenders put into their lengthy contracts that Utah law or the laws of the “Lac Courte Oreilles Band […]

Meet the VPLC Advocacy Staff

View our “Guide To VPLC ” to see our legislative advocacy team and their main issues.

VPLC 2019 Legislative Priorities

2019 General Assembly Session Begins January 9th Check out the VPLC 2019 Legislative Agenda! Housing | Consumer | Utility Fairness Evictions Suite of Legislation: Reciprocity of Attorney’s fees Increase the time tenants have to “pay to stay” Limit to filing only one case at a time against a tenant who is behind on rent Prohibit […]

My Summer with the LA VIDA Program

One of our Summer of 2018 interns, Katie Cantone, wrote the following about her experience with our LA VIDA program.  Thank you, Katie!   I am a Spanish major at the University of Virginia, where I’m now entering my third year. Through my studies, I’ve felt pulled toward a career in social justice and have […]

Susheela Varky with Governor McAuliffe as He Signs Historic Gun Deal that Helps DV Victims

VPLC Staff Attorney Susheela Varky joined Governor McAuliffe along with other advocates while he signed the historic gun legislation that in part significantly helps family Victims of Domestic Violence with up to two year protective orders.  

Tired of Cadidates Not Tackling Real Issues like Housing? Welcome to CHACE

  Tired of candidates discussing issues that are not really important to our day-to-day lives? What could be more important than making sure there is enough housing for everyone across income levels?  Yet the issue of  housing affordability has rarely been a key issue in electoral politics in Virginia and elsewhere in the nation. With […]

Len Bennett is the Consumer Attorney of the Year

Leonard Bennett received the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) 2017 Consumer Attorney of the Year Award in November.  NACA is a nationwide organization of more than 1,500 attorneys who represent consumers victimized by fraudulent, abusive and predatory business practices. Len’s dedication to helping his consumer clients and helping other lawyers represent their clients is […]

Is the “Refund Freeze” going to thaw?

After two years of defending rate freeze, Dominion says it’s ‘time to transition away’ from the controversial 2015 law  So, victory may be at hand in the bipartisan effort to repeal this law.  However, we still expect a difficult fight ahead of us to have those excessive profits returned to Virginia’s energy consumers. A recent […]

Banks need to respect their customers’ right to control their own account

Gilliam v. BB&T We are filing this lawsuit with the law firm of Kelly and Crandall to force BB&T and other banks and credit unions to follow a 40-year old federal law and to respect their customers’ right to control their own accounts. Millions of consumers authorize companies to automatically deduct payments from their deposit […]

Thank you VPLC Board of Directors Thank you Thank you McGuireWoods Thank you Kelly and Crandall Law Firm First RAM Clinic to Southside VA Sponsored by Healthcare Navigator

VPLC Healthcare Navigator team joins effort to bring healthcare clinic to Southside Virginia Elise Brown, a healthcare navigator in Emporia, VA, took on the massive undertaking of getting the RAM (Remote Area Medical) clinic, famous for providing healthcare to thousands in Southwest Virginia, to the Southside region. Emporia and other parts of  Southside Virginia have […]

VPLC’s Kathy Pryor received the Darrel Tiller Mason Excellence in Advocacy Award

  VPLC’s own Kathy Pryorreceived the disAbility Law Center’s highest award at their Liberty and Justice for ALL Annual Gala. Kathy received the Darrel Tiller Mason Excellence in Advocacy Award tonight for her advocacy on behalf of the elderly and disablede’re proud to work with such an amazing attorney advocate and leader. Read Kathy’s gracious […]

New VPLC Study Released: The Myth of Virginia’s Rate Utopia

 Report Release   Today VPLC’s Affordable Clean Energy Project released its first report “The Myth of Virginia’s Rate Utopia: A Comparison of Rates, Bill, and Riders” This report grapples with the disconnect between Virginia’s low electric rates, but the feeling many people have of high electric bills. We created this report to help ourselves and […]

Combining Efforts Can Be a Win for Tenants Across the Country

Inaccuracies in records and discriminatory renting practices that haunt tenants for years might be meeting their match from a joint effort In many states, including Virginia, property management firms—particularly those which operate large, multi-family rental complexes—conduct background checks on prospective tenants and will deny admission to applicants who have been previously sued for eviction.  Frequently […]

Electric Rate and Review Freeze – Not Such a Clearly Positive Picture

  Dominion’s recent OpEd, “Why Dominion’s electric rate freeze in Virginia is good for residents” doesn’t provide a full picture of how the freeze is affecting electricity bills in Virginia.  The Virginia Poverty Law Center is concerned that Dominion’s “rate freeze” has the potential to hit Virginia’s most economically vulnerable consumers the hardest. An electricity […]

Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps – VISTA Member Position

 VISTA Position Available The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), in partnership with Hunger Free America, has an opening for an anti-hunger VISTA member with Virginia Hunger Solutions (FRAC’s state-based initiative headquartered in Richmond, Virginia). This position is a one-year AmeriCorps/Vista placement to help build capacity for the federal nutrition programs in Virginia.  The VISTA […]

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