Latest Consumers Union Stories

2011-08-08 08:30:00

Wireless Carrier's Mobile Payment Plan Not Covered By Current Statutory Protections Against Fraud Or Mistakes SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Earlier this month, T-Mobile announced that it will soon launch a new service that will enable its customers to purchase digital content using their smartphone, PC, or tablet and bill it to their phone accounts. T-Mobile's announcement is just the latest development in emerging mobile payment services that raises concerns about...

2011-07-20 15:28:00

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) prepares to open its doors for the first time Thursday, a new poll released today by Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, found that the new financial watchdog enjoys broad support from nearly three-quarters (74%) of consumers. Pamela Banks, senior policy counsel for Consumers Union said, "With the opening of the CFPB, consumers now know that they have a...

2011-07-08 14:02:00

Affordable Care Act Ensures Rates In All 50 States Will Face Stricter Scrutiny; Some States Need More Tools to Protect Consumers WASHINGTON, July 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a report identifying ten states that currently lack sufficient authority to review health insurance rate hikes as required under the Affordable Care Act. Beginning in September, rate increases in these states will be subject to review by CMS to...

2011-07-05 05:00:00

More than 27,000 Consumers Relay Their Experiences with Failing Products in Latest Survey; Plus, Most and Least Reliable Brands from the Recent Product Reliability Survey YONKERS, N.Y., July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What do side-by-side refrigerators, laptop computers, and zero-turn-radius riding mowers have in common? They're among the most repair-prone products consumers can buy, according to Consumer Reports' most recent Product Reliability Survey. And in Consumer Reports'...

Word of the Day
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).