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State Sues Monsanto For Decades Of Alleged PCB Pollution

The federal government banned the use and production of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in 1979 after determining the chemicals are toxic.

Your Pebble’s Warranty Is Void Now, Even If It’s New

The way that smart watch company Pebble is going out of business isn’t what we’re used to seeing: instead of officially filing for bankruptcy first or being fully acquired by another firm, Pebble sold only its software assets to Fitbit.

Ad Watchdog: Lowe’s Should Clarify That Major Appliances Sale Excludes Most Brands


An annoyed customer brought a Lowe’s appliance ad to the attention of the National Ad Division, a self-regulation program for advertisers run by the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

Lawsuit: Sears, JCPenney, Kohl’s & Macy’s Misled Consumers On Sale Prices

In recent years, a spate of retailers have been accused by customers of advertising “false” original prices on discounted or outlet merchandise in order to make consumers believe they are getting a steal of a deal.

Likely Pick For Next FCC Chair Thinks Net Neutrality’s “Days Are Numbered”

The FCC has approved a significant number of major pro-consumer rules in the last few years. Most, however, were contentious within the Commission, and passed on a 3-2 margin.

Starbucks Still Really, Really Wants You To Come By For Lunch

America, Starbucks really wants to do lunch. You go there for breakfast and for the occasional afternoon caffeine pick-me-up, but where are you at midday, when Starbucks has plenty of sandwiches, bagels, and bistro boxes sitting around that lunch customers aren’t using.

Costco Exec: We Beat ‘Amazon Go’ To The Punch “Literally 20 Years Ago”

In response to the arrival of Amazon Go — a checkout-less store design the Seattle ecommerce giant is planning for next year — one might expect that other food purveyors would be nervous.

Company Behind “Smart” Vibrator To Settle Claims It Violated Users’ Privacy

fweFrom phones to children’s toys and speakers, just about everything can become a “smart” device today.

Report: Apple Wants To Release Movies On iTunes While They’re Still in Theaters

Recently, 21st Century Fox, Warner Bros., and Universal Pictures all confirmed they’re looking to offer high-priced, home-video rentals of new movies soon after they’re released in theaters.

Bumble Bee Senior VP Of Sales To Plead Guilty In Tuna Price-Fixing Scheme

“Far-reaching price-fixing conspiracy” and “canned tuna” are not concepts that you might normally connect with each other.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Agrees To Pay $19.5M Over Improper Marketing Of Medication

Prescription medication, when used properly and safely, can provide needed relief to consumers suffering a wide range of illnesses or physical conditions.

Delta Retiring Its Branded Pretzels & Nuts In Favor Of Upgraded Free Snack Options

It looks like Delta Air Lines has been busy in the kitchen: a day after announcing it was testing free meals in economy class on some transcontinental flights, the carrier is making yet another change to complimentary onboard offerings.

$88M In Refunds From AT&T Settlement With FTC Now Heading To Consumers

A few million current and former AT&T wireless customers can look forward to a bit of a well-timed holiday surprise this year: money!

Jimmy John’s To Pay $100K In Illinois Settlement Over Non-Compete Clauses

Earlier this year, Jimmy John’s announced, as part of a settlement with the New York attorney general’s office, that it would stop using strict non-compete clauses preventing workers from taking their sandwich-craft elsewhere, even if they were fired.

New Bot-Blocking Legislation Could Make It Easier To Score Tickets To Popular Events

About a week after New York barred scalpers from using bots to scoop up tickets to sporting events, concerts, and other popular attractions, the U.S.

More Ocho Rios Powder Recalled For Possible Lead Contamination

A few months ago, some lead-contaminated turmeric turned up in a wide variety of retailers, and also in batches of curry powder from Oriental Packing Company sold under a variety of brands.

Surgeon General: E-Cigarette Use By Young Consumers Is A “Major Public Health Threat”

Months after the Food & Drug Administration finalized rules that treat e-cigarettes like traditional cigarettes and cigars, including banning the sale to minors, a new report from the U.S.

What Does It Take To Get Banned From Riding With Uber?

We’ve heard some horror stories in the past about Uber drivers dealing with no good, very bad, and otherwise terrible riders, but now we know exactly what kinds of awful behavior will get riders banned from the platform forever.

Sears And Kmart Pretend To Run A Retail Business For Another Quarter


Sears Holdings, the company that owns Sears and Kmart, is focused on “restoring profitability,” but so far the only method that the massive department store chain has found to do that since 2012 is by selling its stores to an affiliated real estate investment trust.

CA Man Who Posed As Immigration Lawyer Charged With Defrauding Consumers

Two weeks after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, along with a number of immigration advocates, warned all consumers about the possible increased risk of immigration fraud following the recent presidential election, his counterpart in California charged the owner of one such operation that allegedly defrauded countless immigrants.  California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Wednesday her office has filed 22 felony charges against Oswaldo Rafael Cabrera, the owner and operator of Los Angeles-based Coalicion Latinoamericana Internacional (CLI), for his part in defrauding consumers looking for assistance on their immigration cases.


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