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2014-08-28 12:24:57

Reforms Needed to Ensure Students Can Get Access to Financial Aid Funds Easily And Without Incurring Extra Costs YONKERS, N.Y., Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Just as millions of students return to college, a new Consumer Reports investigation of campus banking products found that fees can vary widely and that costs can add up for those who use their cards frequently and don't enjoy easy access to in-network ATMs. Consumer Reports found that fees may not always be clearly disclosed...

2014-06-19 08:27:11

Large Majorities Agree That Proposed Merger Will Cost Consumers YONKERS, N.Y., June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Most Americans are opposed to the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, according to a new public opinion poll by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. The poll showed just 11 percent of the public supports the merger, 56 percent oppose, and 32 percent had no opinion. Large majorities agree that the deal will hurt consumers by leading to higher...

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...

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,...


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