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  • E-cigarette industry lobbies to avoid regulation as tobacco product

    E-cigarette industry lobbies to avoid regulation as tobacco product
    They have the shape, feel and nicotine of tobacco cigarettes, but e-cigarettes should not be regulated like tobacco products, makers of the popular new product say. The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Assn., an industry group, is lobbying to avoid Food...
  • Don't fall prey to Obamacare scammers

    If you don't know much about Obamacare other than most people must have health insurance or pay a penalty, you're not alone. The president's grand undertaking is as confusing as it is controversial. And that makes it a perfect opportunity for con...
  • Short sales tricky with two lenders involved

    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin Q: We are doing a short sale with two loans. The first lender has agreed to the deal. The second lender (with the equity loan) is being a little more difficult. The second lender will get 10 percent of what is owed,...
  • Are hidden hotel fees about to check out?

    Are hidden hotel fees about to check out?
    After Jane Hatch selected the room rate she wanted at the West Street Hotel in Bar Harbor, Me., the hotel website delivered an unpleasant surprise on the next screen: The quoted price hadn't included a $25-per-day "resort and club fee" that gave Hatch...
  • Expired debt coming back to haunt some through deceptive means

    I have been a certified court mediator in Florida for more than 10 years. In recent years, I have seen more and more cases of creditors and debt collectors suing people who have not made the minimum payments on their credit cards. If you have outstanding...
  • Survey finds credit card companies are protecting consumer interests in chargeback policies

    Several months ago, I wrote a column that discussed why it pays to use a credit card for large purchases, whether for merchandise or services. I pointed out that if you are dissatisfied with what you have purchased, you should document your complaint in...
  • Beware of con artists' schemes related to Affordable Care Act

    Beware of con artists' schemes related to Affordable Care Act
    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...
  • Patent pool abuse deserves scrutiny [Commentary]

    Patent pool abuse deserves scrutiny [Commentary]
    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...
  • Weight-loss companies to eat $34 million in customer restitution for allegedly making deceptive claims

     
    Sensa and three other marketers of weight-loss products have settled allegations they deceptively advertised the capabilities of their products, the Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday. The agency said the cases are part of a broader crackdown...
  • Court ruling should stop robocalls to your cellphone

    If your wireless phone keeps ringing with annoying automated calls from businesses you'd rather not talk to, you now may have the power to stop some of them. All you have to do is ask. A federal appeals court in Pennsylvania recently ruled that...
  • Sentara has another records breach

    Sentara has another records breach
    Two former Sentara employees pleaded guilty this month to accessing patients' electronic health records inappropriately in a scheme to file fraudulent tax returns, the health-care system has revealed. Both were nurses' aides, according to Greg Burkhart,...