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2014-06-03 16:20:26

Settlement Will Discourage 900,000 Affected Consumers From Getting the Money They Are Entitled To and Provide a Windfall for Hyundai and Kia SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A class action settlement negotiated by Hyundai and Kia following the companies' 2012 admission that they lowballed fuel economy numbers for over a dozen 2011-2013 vehicles is structured to prevent consumers from collecting the money they are owed and should be rejected, consumer...

2014-05-27 12:36:39

Agency Report Shows Data Brokers Collect and Store Billions of Data Elements Covering Nearly Every U.S. Consumer WASHINGTON, May 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a report issued today on the data broker industry, the Federal Trade Commission finds that data brokers operate with a fundamental lack of transparency. The Commission recommends that Congress consider enacting legislation to make data broker practices more visible to consumers and to give consumers greater control over the...

2014-05-19 23:09:37

On behalf of Jodie Cowan, Lemberg Law has filed a class action suit against GE Capital Retail Bank for allegedly violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by robocalling consumers' cell phones. Stamford, CT (PRWEB) May 19, 2014 On behalf of Jodie Cowan and other consumers, Sergei Lemberg of Lemberg Law (http://www.LembergLaw.com) has filed a class action lawsuit against GE Capital Retail Bank in U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut. The complaint alleges, "As part...

2014-05-18 20:20:17

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Telecommunications giant AT&T announced a deal to buy the nation's largest satellite TV company DirecTV today in an agreement reportedly valued at $48.5 billion. Delara Derakhshani, policy counsel for Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, said, "On the heels of Comcast's bid for Time Warner Cable, AT&T is going to try to pull off a mega-merger of its own. These could be the start of a wave of mergers that...

Snapchat Reaches Settlement With FTC Over User Agreement Woes
2014-05-09 15:01:25

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Snapchat has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission after a federal complaint alleged that the popular photo messaging service made false promises that photos were being deleted in a timely manner. The FTC complaint alleged that the issue was not in line with what was outlined in the company’s user agreement. According to an FTC statement, the main complaint stems from the fact that photo messages remained stored on...

2014-04-28 08:22:16

CLEVELAND, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lenders and auto dealers are warned to expect additional regulatory guidance and enforcement activity from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB" or "Bureau"), according to an article in the April 15, 2014 edition of the Bloomberg BNA Banking Report. The article - "How the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Ensnared Auto Dealers" - was authored by a team of professionals at McDonald Hopkins LLC and McDonald Hopkins Government...

2014-04-25 12:24:22

Former Senior Editor at Newsweek/Daily Beast to Spearhead Magazine's Editorial Team YONKERS, N.Y., April 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Reports, the world's largest independent, non-profit product-testing organization, has named Ellen Kampinsky as editor-in-chief of Consumer Reports magazine. In her new role, Ms. Kampinsky will be responsible for overseeing Consumer Reports' flagship publication and working closely with the editorial team to ensure it remains at the...

2014-04-17 23:13:30

Video Segments to Unravel Consumer Credit Myths Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) April 17, 2014 Today, Lexington Law launched a first, for the credit repair industry: An educational video series for consumers regarding their credit reports and credit scores. The firm is the nation’s leading credit repair services provider. Credit in a Minute, a reoccurring video series featured on Lexington Law’s YouTube channel, provides quick takes about critical topics, and is hosted by noted consumer...

2014-04-17 16:22:39

New Report Highlights Interest Group Campaigns Wrongly Targeting Widely-Used Chemicals, Leading to Unproven Substitutes in Consumer Products AUSTIN, Texas, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Texas Consumer Association (TCA) today released a new report warning that substitutes for widely-used chemicals in consumer products may be unproven and leave consumers at risk. The paper, titled "Assessing Consumer Product Safety: How Science Can Be Sidelined in Product...

WhatsApp Purchase By Facebook Gets Go Ahead From The FTC
2014-04-11 11:13:08

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has given its approval for Facebook to acquire WhatsApp for $19 billion. The regulator granted authorization with a warning that the FTC will be watching for privacy violations. As the FTC cleared the way for Facebook to complete the acquisition, it also issued a letter, reports CNET. The letter, addressed to Facebook's chief privacy officer Erin Egan and WhatsApp's general counsel Anne Hoge and signed...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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