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  • Oreck to pay consumers $700,000 for unfounded health claims

    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,&...
  • Skechers to pay $40 million for false toning shoe claims

    Skechers to pay $40 million for false toning shoe claims
    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...
  • Even savvy consumers can find it tough to negotiate car sales

    Even savvy consumers can find it tough to negotiate car sales
    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...
  • Skechers comes to $40 million settlement with FTC over sneakers

    Skechers comes to $40 million settlement with FTC over sneakers
    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...
  • FTC goes after 'news sites' that hawk acai berry diets

    FTC goes after 'news sites' that hawk acai berry diets
    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...
  • Roskam: Days when government could just write disaster relief check are over

    Roskam: Days when government could just write disaster relief check are over
    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...
  • The bulbs they are a-changin'

    The bulbs they are a-changin'
    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. Incandescents....
  • Obama isn't paying your electric bill

     
    The federal government wastes more money every day than I'll earn in a lifetime, but one thing Uncle Sam isn't springing for is your electric bill. Don't believe it if you get a text message, Twitter or Facebook message or......
  • The dish on Dish Network

     
    Dish Network and its affiliates are accused of being pests by making sales calls to people who had already told Dish to bug off. The Federal Trade Commission sued Dish Network last week, seeking to stop the telemarketing phone calls.......
  • FTC suit accuses California auto loan modification firms of fraud

    FTC suit accuses California auto loan modification firms of fraud
    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...
  • The lowdown on payday loans

     
    Payday loans aren't illegal in Pennsylvania, but you don't see payday lending stores here because a state law caps interest rates at a number that doesn't make the loans profitable. Still, some state residents are getting the loans illegally online......