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  • Automatically read the fine print on your contracts, or you could automatically renew terms you don't like

     
    The Watchdog has reminded you countless times about the need to read the fine print on all of your paperwork so you know what you're getting into, and how you can get out when you need to. Too many people......
  • FTC files suit against Amazon over accidental in-app purchases

    For most parents, seeing a random $358 charge on their credit card bill would elicit a lot of questions. But for the parents of the 71% of children who play mobile games such as Angry Birds or Temple Run, those seemingly random charges are becoming more...
  • Consumer, Environmental Groups Call for MPG Regulation in Car Ads

     
    Ever get annoyed when car ads hype pie-in-the-sky mpg figures? Well, you aren't alone. Advertisements are notorious for shilling highway-only mpg, sometimes for specific trims that aren't widely available. Witness a Mazda commercial from 2012 that...
  • T-Mobile put lots of bogus charges on customers' bills, FTC alleges

    T-Mobile put lots of bogus charges on customers' bills, FTC alleges
    Federal regulators on Tuesday accused T-Mobile of bilking customers out of hundreds of millions of dollars in third-party charges on phone bills for premium services such as flirting tips and celebrity gossip that customers never authorized. In a...
  • Kevin Hunt: How Your Trash Talks (To Identity Thieves)

    Kevin Hunt: How Your Trash Talks (To Identity Thieves)
    If U-Haul knows that 45 percent of moves each year happen between Memorial Day and Labor Day, so do identity thieves. Anyone who tosses bank statements, credit-card bills or medical records in a trash can or recycle bin risks becoming a target. Can't...
  • Jos A. Bank, Men's Wearhouse merger gets FTC approval

    Jos A. Bank, Men's Wearhouse merger gets FTC approval
    The Federal Trade Commission ruled Friday that the Men's Wearhouse takeover of fellow clothing retailer Jos. A. Bank Clothiers can move forward after the agency found that the combined company would not violate antitrust laws. "Despite limited...
  • Md. campaigns adopt national voter targeting techniques

    Md. campaigns adopt national voter targeting techniques
    When Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's gubernatorial campaign wanted to make sure that likely primary voters saw a video ad, his staff didn't rely solely on television stations to deliver the message. They also arranged for it to run on the computer screens of...
  • Should consumers trust data brokers to protect their information?

    Federal regulators say companies that buy and sell consumer data operate largely in the shadows and should be reined in with new privacy laws. The marketing trade group that speaks for so-called data brokers says that no such laws are necessary and that...
  • How to solve a consumer ripoff by creating a new ripoff

    Several weeks ago, Ticketmaster settled a long-running class action lawsuit over its ticket fees by agreeing to give aggrieved concertgoers a discount on future fees.  Paul Campos of the University of Colorado Law School subjects the agreement to...
  • Data brokers are profiling consumers online by race, other categories

    The fact that advertisers track what consumers do online is common knowledge, but federal regulators raised alarms Tuesday about just how much data are being collected and how they are being used to profile consumers. Data brokers are grouping Americans...
  • Jos. A. Bank posts quarterly loss related to merger with Men's Wearhouse

    Jos. A. Bank posts quarterly loss related to merger with Men's Wearhouse
    Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc., likely a few weeks away from finalizing a $1.8 billion deal to be acquired by Men's Wearhouse, posted a $37.1 million first-quarter loss stemming from merger-related expenses. In what is probably its last earnings report as...