| Jan 15, 2014
| 5:55 PM
Apple Inc. agreed to refund customers $32.5 million to settle a complaint over mobile phone apps bought by children, prompting consumer advocates to call for a broader crackdown against deceptive practices by big wireless companies.
"This is a warning...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 10:38 AM
As Congress considers legislation aimed at limiting lawsuits filed by so-called patent "trolls" — those who collect patents solely so they can sue others for infringing upon them — there is another kind of intellectual property abuse that...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 10:20 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It used to be that people in the market for a new car could go to the car-shopping website TrueCar.com, which collects bids from auto dealerships, and get dealers to undercut one another on price. Dealers could see the rival prices,...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 12:09 PM
Sysco Corp. said Monday it would buy Rosemont-based US Foods Inc. for about $3.5 billion in a deal that will combine the top two U.S. food distributors and create a company making up at least a quarter of the $235 billion North American industry.
| Dec 9, 2013
| 6:29 PM
A merger of the top two U.S. food distributors, Sysco and US Foods, could mean cutbacks at facilities in Severn and Jessup that employ hundreds of workers and sit fewer than 10 miles apart as a combined company consolidates operations across the United...
| Dec 10, 2013
Ask travelers what the federal government did for them this year, and you'll probably get a shrug, at best -- or a rant about sequestration, national park closings and the Transportation Security Administration, at worst.
But there's actually a...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 9:23 PM
The worst thing you can do if you get a call from a debt collector is to panic. Stand tough even if they call you a deadbeat, threaten to throw you in jail or tell you they'll rat you out......
| Oct 29, 2013
| 9:32 PM
The blessing and curse of modern car keys Wednesday's print column Earlier this week, we traded my wife's old sedan for the key to a brand new car Literally. In the course of final negotiations with the salesman, I said......
| Nov 18, 2013
| 4:31 PM
Google will pay the Maryland state government $1 million as part of a $17 million, 37-state settlement for collecting information on consumers' Internet browsing activity without their consent.
The data was gathered from iPhone and iPad users despite a...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 12:07 PM
Consumers weren't able to sign up for insurance under new health care exchanges until last week, but con artists have been scheming for months to steal money or Social Security numbers under the guise of the Affordable Care Act.
And it's bound to get...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 9:51 AM
An Arizona company that offered to help fraud victims recover stolen money instead defrauded them again by selling worthless do-it-yourself kits that cost hundreds of dollars, the Federal Trade Commission said.
Business Recovery Services of Mesa, Ariz.,...