| 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...
| 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...
| 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 14, 2014
| 11:17 AM
States have the power to license doctors and lawyers, and prevent others from offering consumers medical or legal services at a lower cost. But what about the licensing of floral designers, cosmetologists, hair braiders, interior designers or casket...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 6:20 PM
The Supreme Court could rein in state licensing boards that critics argue have become antitrust "cartels" that hurt consumers and hinder competition.
The high court heard arguments Tuesday in a case involving dentists who used their control over a state...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 7:39 AM
If it's in the news, it's scam-worthy. Scammers are cashing in on fears following the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, selling products online claiming to cure or prevent the virus.
None of these products, from herbal oils to snake venom, works. The...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 5:32 AM
The Federal Trade Commission is considering a possible antitrust lawsuit against Sysco Corp's $3.5 billion deal to buy Rosemont-based US Foods, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The FTC has been...
| 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...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 6:09 PM
Most people who got those annoying robocalls offering them free medical alerts knew the devices weren't really free. We now know how much they cost.
Authorities announced a settlement last week with nine companies and four individuals they allege were...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 8:56 PM
U.S. law-enforcement officials on Tuesday arrested 17 people accused of trying to collect almost $2 million in bogus tax refunds using college student accounts, the latest identity scam to defraud the Internal Revenue Service.
Identity thieves in...
| 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...