| 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......
| Aug 4, 2014
| 4:28 PM
Q: I have a vacation home loan that is a couple of years old.
I always pay promptly, and I pay more than the monthly requirement, because I hope to pay it off early. I have gotten a request from the lender for tax returns for the last three years and a...
| 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....
| 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...
| 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...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 12:15 PM
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.
| Jul 3, 2014
| 5:52 PM
When Facebook performed an experiment to see if it could secretly affect users' emotions, were you really surprised?
Academics were galled, knowing they would need explicit permission from research subjects and strict ethical oversight to perform such...
| 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...
| May 8, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Furniture, flooring and wall coverings are physical as well as visual elements in your home decor, but one critical element in your home design is for your eyes only: Light.
"There are a lot of different categories of lighting," says Syril Lebbad, a...