| Oct 10, 2014
| 4:42 PM
Come Tuesday, the national pastime will be the subject of oral arguments in a portentous Supreme Court case. This pastime is not baseball but rent seeking — the unseemly yet uninhibited scramble of private interests to bend government power for...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 8:14 AM
More than 60 companies, including 20 of the largest advertisers in the country, were warned recently to prominently disclose required information in their print and television ads.
The Federal Trade Commission didn't identify which companies it sent the...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 2:14 PM
A $10.1 billion class-action judgment against Philip Morris USA is headed back to the Illinois Supreme Court, nearly a decade after the same court threw out the verdict.
An Illinois appellate court reinstated the verdict in April, agreeing with the...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 11:23 AM
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal issued a statement Monday warning Connecticut residents to be wary of phony IRS agents who call and threaten arrest unless money is sent to the phony agents via a reloadable debit card.
Blumenthal, a Democrat who sits on the...
| Oct 5, 2014
| 7:00 AM
The Supreme Court opens its new term Monday with a fall lineup of cases that includes how to deal with violent threats on the Internet, the role of religious liberty in prisons and whether working women who are pregnant have a right to lighter duties on...
| Jul 10, 2014
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......
| Jul 29, 2014
| 1:13 PM
Privacy advocates Tuesday called for government regulators to investigate Facebook’s tracking of users even when they’re on third-party sites, saying the change might violate a previous privacy agreement Facebook made with the government....
| Sep 3, 2014
| 12:23 PM
From ice bucket challenges to the upcoming midterm elections, we are reminded again and again how the Internet has changed the way we live and connect and organize. Digital equality has become fundamental to economic, cultural and political equality....
| Jul 10, 2014
| 8:44 PM
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...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 10:38 AM
Nearly a dozen car-safety groups and a U.S. senator are asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate CarMax, the biggest seller of used cars nationally.
In a petition filed with the FTC Tuesday, the groups allege that CarMax engages in deceptive...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 3:04 PM
Cosmetics company L’Oréal USA Inc. agreed Monday to settle Federal Trade Commission charges of deceptive advertising for some of its anti-aging products.
According to the FTC’s complaint, L’Oréal made false and unsubstantiated...