| Oct 30, 2013
| 6:37 PM
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...
| Oct 28, 2013
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,...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 9:32 PM
The blessing and curse of modern car keys Wednesday's print column Earlier this week, we traded my wife's old sedan for the key to a brand new car Literally. In the course of final negotiations with the salesman, I said......
| Nov 18, 2013
| 4:31 PM
Google will pay the Maryland state government $1 million as part of a $17 million, 37-state settlement for collecting information on consumers' Internet browsing activity without their consent.
The data was gathered from iPhone and iPad users despite a...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 10:36 AM
The government shutdown has caught the Federal Trade Commission in its cold embrace, and that means the do-not-call list is on the fritz.
Telemarketers have free rein to call people.
Robin thus asks a timely question: Can you sue a telemarketer?
| Apr 28, 2013
Here are three things the Obama administration has done that you probably didn't know about:
Ever struggle with those accordion-style rubber sleeves on nozzles at the gas station? The sleeve — technically a "vapor recovery nozzle" — was...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 8:41 PM
After years of airline mergers that have dramatically reduced choices for travelers, the U.S. Justice Department has sued to halt what would be the largest airline marriage in U.S. history.
The Justice Department joined six states and the District of...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 4:29 PM
Some of my recent columns, including today's about burglar alarm sales scams, have prompted plenty of complaints about the government's inability to stop telemarketing calls to people on the Do Not Call list. When people ask me why more isn't......
| Jul 15, 2013
| 2:30 PM
At a recent D.C. conference, author Scott Turow compared Internet search giants to drug pushers.
"We have search engines that exist under the motto, 'Don't be evil,' " he added in a sarcastic tone. "Please."
It was more than apparent which company he...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 6:11 PM
A day after the U.S. Department of Justice sued to block the mega-merger of American Airlines and US Airways, attorneys for the carriers called the legal challenge weak and said they are looking forward to battling the government in court.
| Aug 14, 2013
Every frequent flier knows how frustrating it is when, awaiting final clearance for takeoff, you're instead told there's a problem and you must taxi back to the gate.
Maybe American Airlines and US Airways eventually will get where they want to go...