| Sep 3, 2012
It's not uncommon for Gian Fulgoni to be told how much he looks like Dustin Hoffman, or even to be mistaken for the Academy Award-winning actor and pressed for an autograph.
It happens at least once a week. When it does, the typically gregarious,...
| Aug 30, 2011
| 3:20 PM
Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam today defended comments from House leadership contending that government funds for disaster relief from Hurricane Irene must be offset by spending cuts in the federal budget.
The third-term congressman from Wheaton, a...
| Apr 19, 2011
| 4:40 PM
The Federal Trade Commission has filed suit against 10 companies the agency says are using fake news websites to market acai berry weight-loss products.
The FTC said the defendants operate websites that seem like legitimate newsgathering sites but...
| May 16, 2012
| 1:52 PM
It turns out wearing sneakers - without exercising - won't get you in shape.
Skechers USA has agreed to a $40 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission for making that claim.
The shoe company had claimed its Shape-ups sneakers would help...
| Oct 29, 2011
Most of us don't buy cars all that often. So when we do, we can come away with that nagging feeling of not knowing whether we got a fair deal or grossly overpaid.
"We don't negotiate much at all as Americans, so suddenly we find ourselves negotiating for...
| Apr 4, 2012
| 8:06 AM
The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit accusing several California auto loan modification operations of deceiving consumers with false promises and then leaving their cars to be repossessed.
The agency alleged that Hope for Car Owners in Folsom and...
| Feb 20, 2012
| 11:38 AM
AeroShot Pure Energy, the inhalable caffeine product that went on sale last month, will be investigated by Food and Drug Administration officials concerned about whether it’s safe for consumers.
Breathable Foods, the company that makes the powder...
| May 22, 2012
| 2:05 PM
The claim: The Oreck Halo vacuum and the Oreck ProShield Plus air cleaner can reduce the risk of flu and other illnesses. An infomercial claimed, “The Oreck Halo has killed up to 99.9 percent of bacteria exposed to its light in one second or less,&...
| May 16, 2012
| 10:19 AM
If you bought Skechers Shape-ups or the company’s other toning shoes but still, somehow, have a flabby rear end, here’s your chance to apply for a refund.
Skechers USA Inc. has agreed to pay $40 million to settle charges by federal...
| Feb 8, 2011
| 11:17 AM
Lighting is changing fast. Incandescents as we know them are on the way out.
It may be confusing for a while. But in the end, your wallet will thank you. And so will the planet.
Walk down today's lighting aisle, and it's intimidating.
| Jan 17, 2011
| 10:59 AM
You can't start a new year without considering the good and bad of the previous year. Hopefully you're not burned out on "top 10" or "best of" lists by now, because this is one you should read. Consumeraffairs.com recently compiled......