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Senator Stabenow's 'Smart' Labels Would Hit Her Hometown Residents Hard

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 05.25.2016 | Politics
Andrew Kimbrell

Corporations cannot continue to dictate what information people are allowed access to -- especially when it comes to the food we eat -- and it is shameful that any elected officials would support keeping their own constituents in the dark.

AT&T Customers Take to Twitter to Express Anger About Company Throttling Their Data

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 06.28.2016 | Business
Kyle McCarthy

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission hit AT&T with a $100 million fine, accusing the company of throttling speeds for customers who thought they had unlimited data plans.

We Need a 'Do Not Track' List

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Americans are now being tracked as they've never been tracked before. What is normal and accepted these days sounds like a tinfoil-hatted paranoiac's delusion from just a few decades ago, in fact.

How to Get a Refund on a Non-Refundable Airfare and Avoid Change Fees

George Hobica | Posted 04.21.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

There are ways of avoiding the fees, and even to get a full refund on a non-refundable airfare you no longer need. The most-often used method is to cancel within 24 hours of booking, but read on for some other, lesser-known loopholes.

New Virgin America Credit Card With Free Ticket Change/Cancel (Sort Of)

George Hobica | Posted 03.09.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

The Virgin America media folks sent me an email today touting the new Virgin America credit cards. One thing caught my eye: get the "premium" version ...

How To Get A Better Seat Next Time You Fly

George Hobica | Posted 03.05.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

It now costs $200 to change or cancel a non-refundable airfare on the remaining "legacy" U.S. airlines (American, Delta, United, and US Airways), and a bit less on some other airlines. But there are ways of avoiding the fee.

Undocumented Consumers: Include Consumer Protection in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Norman I. Silber | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Norman I. Silber

Will Congress structure the legalization process to ensure that eligible applicants don't get detained or deported based on their efforts to hold others accountable for incompetence or fraud?

Support Elizabeth Warren in her Biggest Battle for Consumers

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Today in Washington a great battle is unfolding between Republicans preparing to filibuster the nomination of Richard Cordray to lead the new consumer protection agency and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is battling to save the agency from these Republican attacks.

An Agenda to Make Sure Consumers are Heard

Chris Meyer | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Chris Meyer

Eight of the nation's leading consumer groups are calling on President Obama and Congress to give consumers a greater voice in Washington.

Food Fight: Debating Prop 37, California's Landmark Initiative to Label GMO Food

Democracy Now! | Posted 12.24.2012 | Home
Democracy Now!

On Election Day, California voters will decide on Proposition 37, which would make their state the first in the nation to require the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Passengers Behaving Badly On Southwest?

George Hobica | Posted 11.11.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

It seems like everyone is trying to get first dibs at the overhead bins and choice seats these days...

JetBlue Schedule Change And Orlando's "Other" Airport

George Hobica | Posted 10.22.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Come on JetBlue, step up.

What Airlines Still Have 'Rule 240?'

George Hobica | Posted 08.28.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

So, does any airline still have a Rule 240?

Keeping Dad Happy and Your Wallet Safe

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 08.17.2012 | Technology
Hemanshu Nigam

Two of the top five crimes reported are connected to shopping online: advanced payment scams and non-delivery of auction items.

What To Do When Your Flight Gets Rescheduled

George Hobica | Posted 08.04.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

A reader asks: What can I do with American Airlines, which canceled our fully paid flight?

Fighting for Consumer Rights, Fifty Years After Kennedy's Call

Jim Guest | Posted 05.15.2012 | Business
Jim Guest

Today marks the 50th anniversary of a watershed moment in the consumer movement -- the recognition by a president that consumers deserved their own set of rights.

What Are Your 'Rights' When You Fly?

George Hobica | Posted 01.28.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

What about your "rights" as an airline passenger? Do you have any, really? You might be surprised.

Court Victory: Bovine Growth Hormone Labeling

Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jeffrey Smith ATTENTION SHOPPERS. An appeals court just upheld your right to easily choose drug-free milk from drug-f...

Consumer Agency's Path Will Be Set By First Chief

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

More than 400 pages of legislation detail the duties and powers of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that Congress is set to create. But the fi...

A Social Network Users Bill of Rights: You Decide

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

Over the last week, IT specialists, academics, lawyers, journalists, activists, students and others met in San Jose for the annual Computers, Freedom ...

Who's Afraid of the Bark? We Need Some Bite!

Janis Bowdler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Janis Bowdler

We had rules of the road during the bubble years, but there was no reliable enforcer. Regulators sat on their hands while consumers were put through the wringer.

The Sixties Turn 50

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

Having reprised the past, miserable decade -- bracketed by 9/11 and The Great Recession -- let us also take note of the 50th anniversary last week of the start of probably the most prophetic and influential decade in memory. Yes, The Sixties.

Share Your Sixties Memories

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The decade of Civil Rights, the women's movement, the environmental movement, and JFK turns 50 this year. That same decade was also the era of Woodsto...