| Feb 3, 2015
| 3:04 PM
Federal regulators warned a number of dog waste bag-makers to revise or remove their marketing materials after the environment-friendly claims on their products didn't pass the smell test.
The Federal Trade Commission sent letters to 20 unnamed...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 8:48 AM
If you can't resist posing for nude photos, here's another reminder why you should resist the temptation to share them. Many women who were duped into sharing intimate images found them posted online without their permission, authorities allege.
| Jan 28, 2015
| 5:47 PM
The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone Wireless, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled millions of smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service.
The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that...
| Jan 13, 2015
| 4:31 AM
The chief executive of Chesapeake-based Dollar Tree, the discount retailer trying to buy Family Dollar, has some strong words for Family Dollar CEO Howard Levine: "We have reached the end of our patience."
Family Dollar, based in the Charlotte suburb of...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Thousands of patients served at Evanston, Highland Park and Glenbrook hospitals over the past 14 years were informed by mail this week that they may qualify as members of a class action lawsuit over hospital pricing practices.
The lawsuit arises from...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 2:49 PM
Office Depot's stock has leapt since activist shareholder Starboard Value LP made moves last week aimed at merging the Boca Raton-based retailer and rival Staples.
Starboard disclosed Thursday that it had increased its stake in Office Depot to 10...
| Dec 27, 2014
| 1:04 PM
In recent years the federal government has continued to impose burdensome new regulations on the states, especially in the area of health care. Strict new rules handed down as a result of Obamacare are forcing insurance companies to cancel coverage for...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 11:13 AM
Activist investor Starboard Value wants to merge office-supply chains Staples Inc and Office Depot Inc, CNBC reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
Starboard, known for its aggressive shareholder activism, disclosed a 5.1 percent stake in...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 7:46 AM
Dollar Tree and Dollar General on Friday criticized each others' plans to take over Family Dollar Stores Inc. while saying that their own bids are making progress toward winning regulatory approval.
Dollar Tree said in a statement that the U.S....
| Nov 26, 2014
| 6:01 PM
A seasonal consumer message, nondenominational and unscented, from The Bottom Line. Remember, no tipping.
Online retailers often sell more merchandise than they can deliver in time for the holiday.
Under the Federal Trade Commission'...
| Nov 18, 2014
Whether you're red or blue, you probably realize that last week's election is likely to change the outlook for consumer protection over the next few years. And -- this is strictly a personal opinion -- the outlook is less favorable than in the previous...