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2010-09-29 10:52:00

McDonald's, General Insurance, Liberator Medical, Extenze and JG Wentworth Among Winners in the Worst Ad in America Awards NEW YORK, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 100,000 consumer votes were tallied up in Consumerist.com's first annual Worst Ad in America Awards. Six perpetually obnoxious ads rose to the top of the 30 nominees in six categories with Staples' "Wow! That's a Low Price!" guys claiming the top honor of "Absolute Worst Ad in America." Staples' "Wow! That's a...

2010-09-20 15:11:00

Nominees Based on Consumer Votes to be Announced Wednesday, September 22 NEW YORK, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Do annoying jingles, creepy animated characters, and cheesy celebrity endorsements in advertisements rile you up? If so, Consumerist.com wants you to vote! Kicking off today, Consumerist.com is on the hunt for the worst ad in 2010--and no company is safe. "Every day we are bombarded with commercials that we have no control over," said Meghann Marco, Executive Editor of...

2010-08-24 08:42:00

Consumers Union Calls on Regulators to Require Mobile Payment Providers to Abide by Strong Consumer Protections SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recent news stories have highlighted how consumers in the U.S. soon will be able to pay for products and services with a wave of their smart phones. But while mobile payment technologies may offer a convenient new way to pay for goods and services, consumers could be at risk of losing money when mistakes are made by merchants...

2010-08-02 08:51:00

Hospitals That Report Patient Infection Rates Will Receive Higher Medicare Payments WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Beginning next year, consumers across the country will be able to find out how their hospital stacks up when it comes to preventing certain infections under new hospital acquired infection reporting regulations adopted by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The new reporting requirements apply to hospitals that participate in the Centers...

2010-07-22 08:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the past decade, nonprofit Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) health insurers set aside billions of dollars in surplus - essentially retained profits - even as they raised premiums for consumers by as high as 20 percent annually, according to a new report by Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. The report, entitled "How Much is Too Much," should prompt state insurance commissioners to take a hard look at...

2010-05-04 05:00:00

New Report Explains What Consumers Need to Watch For; Lays Out Next Steps YONKERS, N.Y., May 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With health reform now the law of the land, Consumer Reports Health lays out next steps for consumers in a variety of situations - those who are currently insured; Medicare and Medicaid recipients; people with pre-existing conditions; parents of children with pre-existing conditions; parents of uninsured young adults; and people who develop serious illnesses. The...

2010-04-26 10:37:00

Beating out 32 Companies Comcast Takes Home the Prestigious Golden Poo Award NEW YORK, April 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The fifth annual Consumerist.com's "Worst Company in America" tournament came to a close late last night and crowned Comcast as the Grand Champion, joining the likes of AIG, Countrywide and others. The final death match round which ran from Friday, April 23 through Sunday, April 25 was heated and pinned Comcast against top-seeded Ticketmaster. The merge with NBC...

2010-04-21 08:50:00

Next Round Includes: Bank of America, Comcast, Cash4Gold, and Ticketmaster NEW YORK, April 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumerist.com's "Worst Company in America" tournament kicks off its Final Four today. Companies who have hit a low point with consumers for poor customer service and shady business practices have advanced, including the undervalued bling of Cash4Gold. Top-seeded Comcast, Ticketmaster and Bank of America were all featured companies in the 2009 Final Four and are back...

2010-04-12 17:00:00

YONKERS, N.Y., April 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In its May issue cover story, ShopSmart magazine provides extensive consumer advice on how to keep food safe at the store and at home, but notes that some hazards are beyond the ability of even the most careful consumer to avoid. Recognizing the need for fundamental change in our food safety laws, the report, the "New Rules of Food Safety," highlights the dangers posed by foodborne illness -- from peanut butter to spinach, cookie dough to...

2010-04-06 14:20:00

CR Rates the Top Lawn Gadgets in Their Biggest Mower Tests to Date YONKERS, N.Y., April 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Spring time signals a fresh start for homeowners to tackle home repairs and rejuvenation projects they may have put off over the winter. Consumer Reports' latest issue is loaded with advice on how to spruce up the home and yard this spring and work vital home safety checks into the regular spring cleaning routine. "Let's face it: Many spring-cleaning and repair projects...