| Jun 18, 2014
| 6:37 PM
Zip. Zero. Nada.
If you were looking to buy a home and saw those words in big, bold print in an ad offering newly built homes for sale for no money down, your interest might be piqued.
A home builder that used the catch phrase in ads trying to sell...
| 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...
| Jul 14, 2014
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...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 2:35 PM
Men's Wearhouse closed its $1.8 billion deal to acquire Hampstead-based Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc., the company said Wednesday, putting an end to what had been a pitched takeover battle between the two former rivals.
The Houston-based men's clothing...
| Jun 21, 2014
Once you sign a contract, there's no clean way out — unless that contract is covered by a state or federal "cooling off" rule that allows consumers to cancel within three days.
What's covered by the cooling-off rule follows no apparent logic or...
| Mar 8, 2014
Scammers don't have to file annual reports. The Federal Trade Commission does it for them.
The FTC received more than 2 million complaints in 2013, most frequently about identity theft (290,056). American consumers reported $1.6 billion in fraud losses,...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 9:14 AM
Imagine getting lost in the deep woods, naked (it happens) and afraid, with only an iPhone that's beyond the range of distant cell towers.
Don't be a defeatist and sit on a tree stump playing "Angry Birds" offline while waiting for clothed rescuers....
| May 30, 2014
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...
| May 30, 2014
| 2:05 PM
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.
| Apr 25, 2014
| 1:32 PM
A common assumption underlying the net neutrality debate is that broadband ISPs will impose tolls on content providers, and content providers will pass those costs on to consumers, if only the Federal Communications Commission lets them.
| Mar 12, 2014
| 11:39 AM
The Federal Trade Commission has launched a civil investigation into Herbalife Ltd., the Los Angeles-based nutritional-products maker said Wednesday.
Herbalife did not disclose any details of the probe, but it has been waging an ongoing battle against a...