| 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...
| 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 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...
| 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 6, 2014
| 2:25 PM
Several weeks ago, Ticketmaster settled a long-running class action lawsuit over its ticket fees by agreeing to give aggrieved concertgoers a discount on future fees.
Paul Campos of the University of Colorado Law School subjects the agreement to...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 6:07 PM
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc., likely a few weeks away from finalizing a $1.8 billion deal to be acquired by Men's Wearhouse, posted a $37.1 million first-quarter loss stemming from merger-related expenses.
In what is probably its last earnings report as...
| May 21, 2014
| 10:34 AM
A Southern California debt collection operation agreed to refund more than $4 million to consumers to settle allegations that its employees posed as process servers and used other deceptive tactics, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday.
| 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.
| 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 29, 2014
Here's another chapter in the endless book about why you shouldn't believe everything your read or hear on product promotions. Lornamead Inc., whose "Lice Shield" products are sold at major chain stores including Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 4:55 PM
Google Inc. cleared out a key antitrust case, among other battles it faces, by agreeing to terms with European officials over allegations that the Internet giant abused its search-engine dominance to promote its own services over those of competitors....