| Jan 14, 2014
| 8:40 AM
WASHINGTON -- A web of Florida-based companies and their operators have agreed to pay nearly $3.6 million to settle allegations that it bilked homeowners in a nationwide mortgage relief scam, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday.
| Jan 15, 2014
| 5:55 PM
Apple Inc. agreed to refund customers $32.5 million to settle a complaint over mobile phone apps bought by children, prompting consumer advocates to call for a broader crackdown against deceptive practices by big wireless companies.
"This is a warning...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 8:41 PM
After years of airline mergers that have dramatically reduced choices for travelers, the U.S. Justice Department has sued to halt what would be the largest airline marriage in U.S. history.
The Justice Department joined six states and the District of...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 6:11 PM
A day after the U.S. Department of Justice sued to block the mega-merger of American Airlines and US Airways, attorneys for the carriers called the legal challenge weak and said they are looking forward to battling the government in court.
| Oct 2, 2013
| 10:36 AM
The government shutdown has caught the Federal Trade Commission in its cold embrace, and that means the do-not-call list is on the fritz.
Telemarketers have free rein to call people.
Robin thus asks a timely question: Can you sue a telemarketer?
| Nov 18, 2013
| 4:31 PM
Google will pay the Maryland state government $1 million as part of a $17 million, 37-state settlement for collecting information on consumers' Internet browsing activity without their consent.
The data was gathered from iPhone and iPad users despite a...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 9:51 AM
An Arizona company that offered to help fraud victims recover stolen money instead defrauded them again by selling worthless do-it-yourself kits that cost hundreds of dollars, the Federal Trade Commission said.
Business Recovery Services of Mesa, Ariz.,...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 6:29 PM
A merger of the top two U.S. food distributors, Sysco and US Foods, could mean cutbacks at facilities in Severn and Jessup that employ hundreds of workers and sit fewer than 10 miles apart as a combined company consolidates operations across the United...
| Apr 28, 2013
Here are three things the Obama administration has done that you probably didn't know about:
Ever struggle with those accordion-style rubber sleeves on nozzles at the gas station? The sleeve — technically a "vapor recovery nozzle" — was...
| May 13, 2013
| 3:33 PM
Take a line-by-line look at your cellphone bill — all dozen or so pages. See a $9.99 charge for horoscopes, flirting tips or some such thing that you didn't request?
If so, you've been crammed.
Once only a big problem with landline telephones,...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 11:21 AM
Aaron’s Inc., a rent-to-own retailer, has agreed to stop using software to secretly spy on and photograph customers who rented computers.
The Federal Trade Commission had accused Aaron's and its franchisees of using software to monitor customers'...