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2014-04-08 12:36:27

Combining Two Major Cable Companies Will Mean Higher Prices, Fewer Choices, and Worse Customer Service for Consumers WASHINGTON, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers stand to lose out if Comcast and Time Warner Cable are allowed to merge, according to Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports. Comcast filed its formal plan for merging with Time Warner with the Federal Communications Commission today. "Consumers are fed up with Comcast...

2014-03-07 08:25:17

Groups Call on Assemblyman Blumenthal to Support GMO Labeling YONKERS, N.Y., March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, headquartered in Yonkers, today called on Assemblyman David Buchwald of White Plains and Mt Kisco to vote yes for Right To Know Bill A. 3525 when it comes before the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee tomorrow. This bill would require labeling of genetically engineered foods (also known as GMOs) sold in New York...

2014-02-13 16:30:17

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Comcast has proposed a deal to buy Time Warner Cable, a mega-merger that would combine the two largest cable providers in the United States. Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, announced its opposition to the merger, citing the impact that the combination could have on prices and service. Delara Derakhshani, policy counsel for Consumers Union, said, "Under this proposed deal, two huge companies...

2014-02-11 16:25:04

Consumer Group Is Urging Trader Joe's And Other Grocers To Stop Selling Meat And Poultry Raised On Antibiotics YONKERS, N.Y., Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, praised Chick-fil-A today for its announcement that within five years it will no longer sell chicken that has been raised on antibiotics. Public health experts have warned that the overuse of antibiotics by the meat industry on healthy livestock is...

2014-01-23 08:23:53

Consumers Union calls on government to set stronger regulations for caramel color in food and beverages YONKERS, N.Y., Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In Consumer Reports' recent tests of sodas and other soft drinks, varying levels of 4-methylimidazole (4-MeI), a potentially-carcinogenic chemical byproduct of the production of certain types of caramel color, were found in all of the samples that listed caramel color as an ingredient. Twelve brands of sodas and soft drinks from five...

2014-01-07 12:24:01

Consumers Get New Safeguards to Protect Them From Mortgage Abuses WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Starting January 10, consumers shopping for a mortgage will get new safeguards to help ensure they are treated fairly and don't end up with a loan they can't afford. The new rules enacted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will help to prevent the kind of irresponsible underwriting practices that led to a record number of foreclosures in recent years,...

2013-12-11 12:27:09

Consumer Reports HealthLawHelper.org Cuts Through Opinions to Provide Consumers with the Unbiased Facts They Need to Make Decisions About Their Health Insurance Needs for 2014 YONKERS, N.Y., Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One month after the start of open enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, a new survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center shows that many American consumers now feel more confused about the...

2013-11-19 20:21:40

Consumers Union Calls for Stricter Safety Testing & Warranties for Implants TOLEDO, Ohio, Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Johnson & Johnson announced today that it has reached a multi-billion dollar settlement for victims of the company's flawed all metal hip implant. The problems patients have experienced with the device demonstrate the need for stricter implant safety testing and show why medical implant makers should provide warranties to back their products in...

2013-11-13 08:27:38

Policy Brief Features Stories of Struggling Borrowers And Spells Out Urgently Needed Reforms WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers Union, the policy division of Consumer Reports, called on Congress today to adopt a number of reforms urgently needed to restore fairness to the student loan system. The consumer group spelled out its reform agenda in a policy brief highlighting recent research on the mounting student loan debt crisis and stories from consumers...

2013-11-04 12:31:14

Deputy Head of Wall Street Journal Video Named Senior Director of Video for CR YONKERS, N.Y., Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Reports, the world's largest independent product-testing organization, announced today that it has hired Gwendolyn Bounds to lead and grow its energetic video team. In her new role, Ms. Bounds will oversee a team of video producers, editors and others who produce a wide range of content for the web and television outlets. The content is...