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  • GPOs fuel drug shortages [Commentary]

    GPOs fuel drug shortages [Commentary]
    Maryland has been a pacesetter on some important health care issues like hospital cost control. But on one matter that is seriously impairing patient care — generic drug shortages — Marylanders are facing the same crisis as everyone else....
  • Southern California debt collection operation to refund $4 million

    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. Asset...
  • Will Wheeler's net neutrality rules lead to online toll lanes?

    Will Wheeler's net neutrality rules lead to online toll lanes?
    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. Witness this...
  • 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...
  • Abusive debt collector "took deception to new lows," authorities say

     
    There is no shortage of debt collection scams out there. I've written about many of them. But this one is particularly egregious, authorities say. The scam was run out of New York by a network of companies and individuals that......
  • A reminder to think twice about buying health products that promise amazing results

     
    The old adage about offers sounding too good to be true should be on your mind all the time, but especially when you see products advertised as cures for your ailments. The Federal Trade Commission said a court recently ordered......
  • 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...
  • FTC warns hotels about 'drip pricing,' but is it enough?

    Consumers continue to get dinged and, worse, surprised by "resort" fees that often aren't quoted upfront in the hotel booking process. This one lump-sum fee often covers such items as phone calls, bottled water, Internet access, access to the pool or...
  • More health, less sugar and spending in food advertising to kids

    Marketers selling food to children and teens spent 20% less in 2009 than they did in 2006 and are making "modest nutritional improvements" to the products they promote, according to a new government report. Advertisers shelled out nearly $1.8 billion to...
  • Baltimore man, 81, loses his home following lottery fraud

    Baltimore man, 81, loses his home following lottery fraud
    The first caller told Norman Breidenbaugh he had won $2.5 million in a foreign sweepstakes, but there was a catch: Breidenbaugh needed to send $2,000 in fees before collecting his earnings. Other calls followed, promising Breidenbaugh millions more...
  • U.S. sues to block American Airlines-US Airways merger

    U.S. sues to block American Airlines-US Airways merger
    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...