| Feb 25, 2015
| 12:54 PM
The Supreme Court on Tuesday cut back on the power of state licensing boards to restrict competitors from offering low-cost services, a victory for consumers that could prove significant in industries as disparate as taxicabs, funerals and cosmetology....
| Feb 23, 2015
| 3:14 PM
IRS impostor scams, ruthlessly non-discriminatory, fear no one. But sometimes they pick on the wrong people.
Criminals posing as agency representatives have coerced almost 3,000 victims by telephone to pay more than $14 million in the phone scam, says...
| Feb 20, 2015
| 1:31 PM
Federal regulators ignored many local competitors in its claim that the proposed merger of Sysco and Rosemont-based US Foods would significantly reduce competition and raise prices, lawyers for Sysco argued Friday.
Sysco's lengthy attempt to buy US Foods...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 4:11 PM
Sysco's lengthy attempt to buy US Foods was dealt a blow Thursday, as the Federal Trade Commission and 11 attorneys general sought to block the deal.
The FTC said it filed an administrative complaint, charging that the potential takeover would violate...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 2:31 PM
If you like your wireless plan, you should be able to keep it. But new federal regulations may take away your freedom to choose the best broadband plan for you. It's all part of the federal government's 332-page plan to regulate the Internet like a public...
| 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 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.
| Feb 3, 2015
| 1:40 PM
Stock prices of office-supply chains Staples and Office Depot surged Tuesday after The Wall Street Journal reported that the two companies are in advanced talks to merge.
Details, including price and structure, of a proposed union of the companies wasn'...
| Feb 10, 2015
| 2:51 PM
After less than two years on the job, Office Depot CEO Roland Smith could receive $39 million if the Staples-Office Depot merger is finalized, executive pay experts say.
Smith, 60, would leave with a $7 million severance, roughly twice his salary and...
| Feb 13, 2015
| 4:39 PM
Online real estate websites Zillow and Trulia could join forces as soon as next week after federal antitrust regulators blessed their merger.
Seattle-based Zillow Inc. said it planned to close as soon as Tuesday on the purchase of its largest rival...
| 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...