| Feb 6, 2015
| 3:12 PM
Some 1,700 Office Depot headquarters employees in Boca Raton are likely to keep a careful watch on news from Washington, D.C., in the coming months.
They know their futures could be shaped by whether the Federal Trade Commission allows their company...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 12:28 PM
A hearing Thursday on the need for a national data breach law couldn't have come at a better time.
The same morning that experts testified before a Senate subcommittee, health insurer Anthem announced it had been the victim of a breach.
| 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 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...
| 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.
| 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 13, 2015
| 4:31 AM
The chief executive of Chesapeake-based Dollar Tree, the discount retailer trying to buy Family Dollar, has some strong words for Family Dollar CEO Howard Levine: "We have reached the end of our patience."
Family Dollar, based in the Charlotte suburb of...
| Jul 10, 2014
The Watchdog has reminded you countless times about the need to read the fine print on all of your paperwork so you know what you're getting into, and how you can get out when you need to. Too many people......
| 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...