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  • Apple must refund customers for apps bought by children

    Apple Inc. agreed to refund customers $32.5 million to settle a complaint over mobile phone apps bought by children, prompting consumer advocates to call for a broader crackdown against deceptive practices by big wireless companies. "This is a warning...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Airlines' attorneys eager to fight U.S. over merger

    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. The Justice...
  • 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...
  • FTC cracks down on anti-concussion claims

    FTC cracks down on anti-concussion claims
    The mouthguard company Brain-Pad Inc. never claimed that its products prevent concussions. Instead, advertisements have long promised that the devices can "reduce the risk" of a head injury and create "brain safety space." But even these nuanced...