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Michael Jordan Gatorade Ad Draws Harsh Criticism (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.14.2012 | Business

Many people who have a high fever can barely watch basketball, let alone play it at a championship level. So an ad that implies Michael Jordan's gulpi...

Text Scammers May Have To Pay Up

AP | MARCY GORDON | Posted 07.08.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are seeking $52.6 million from a billing company that they accuse of adding unauthorized charges to consumers' p...

Love, Leadership and Facebook Privacy Settings

Tom Fox | Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Jon Leibowitz is the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. Prior to his tenure at the FTC, Leibowitz served as the democratic chief counsel and st...

Catherine New

Payday Hound Site Points To Alleged Illegal Lender, Offshore Loans

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 05.04.2012 | Money

A new online comparison site may be serving as a gateway to dangerous lending practices. The newly launched Payday Hound website advertises itsel...

Why They Track Us

Jules Polonetsky | Posted 07.03.2012 | Technology
Jules Polonetsky

Some critics point out that TV, radio and magazine advertisers measure ad effectiveness using research panels of users who sign up to provide feedback. Why do websites need to measure effectiveness with greater precision?

Congressional Letter-Writing Campaign Helps Torpedo Voluntary Food Marketing Guidelines for Kids

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

While the proposed voluntary principles set for food marketers are ambitious and would take time to put into place, the public health stakes could not be higher.

Would You Fall For This Ad?

Loren Berlin | Posted 05.01.2012 | Money

In a major victory for consumers, the Federal Trade Commission announced on Tuesday that it won a hefty court judgment against four companies that all...

The Sleeper Voting Bloc That Can't Sleep

Bill Bartmann | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Bill Bartmann

People who are at ease may decide their votes in different ways, but people in pain will vote with their emotions. Thirty million Americans are in tremendous pain.

Debt Collector Getting People To Pay Up By Being Nice

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.01.2012 | Business

Turns out nice guys may not always finish last. Access Receivables, a Baltimore-based debt collection agency, is finding success using a novel app...

Fake Collectors Use Payday Lender Info To Scare People Into Paying Debts They Don't Owe

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.27.2012 | Business

Another day, another story of debt collectors acting shady. Some California residents recently started getting threatening calls from fake debt col...

Woman Wins $10 Millon From Debt Collectors In Court, Can't Collect

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.26.2012 | Business

One woman is having trouble getting a debt collector to fork over its debt to her. Diana Mey, a West Virginia housewife, won an eight-figure court...

Debt Collectors Want To Be Your Friend On Facebook

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business

Your Facebook profile can and will be used against you. A recent segment on KDVR, the Fox affiliate for Denver, reminds us that collection agencie...

Payday Lenders Know You Gotta Spend Money To Make Money

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.20.2012 | Business

Consumer advocates in Washington have pledged to battle payday lenders, the quick-cash loan shops that often charge ruinously high interest rates to p...

Debt Collectors Sued For Allegedly Impersonating Law Enforcement

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 04.19.2012 | Business

Debt collectors in West Virginia, watch out. The state is coming for you. West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw filed suit against seven un...

The 10 Most Fraudulent States

24/7 Wall St. | Michael B. Sauter | Posted 02.13.2014 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: When times are hard, fraud often gets worse. Americans are under great financial pressure, and there is no shortage of criminals w...

Not So Fast: Judge Blocks Hospital Merger As Regulators Warn Of Risk To Consumers' Wallets

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.06.2012 | Business

Antitrust regulators have won a round in their fight to stop two Illinois hospitals from merging, a development the Federal Trade Commission says if p...

Homeowners Stuck With High Rates Even After Refinancing Program

Posted 04.06.2012 | Business

By Cora Currier ProPublica Some homeowners are getting stuck with relatively high interest rates even after they participate in the government's p...

This Sneaky Trick Doesn't Work Anymore For Payday Lenders

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business

Lately, payday lenders have been linking up with Native American tribes as a way to sidestep U.S. law. Federal authorities seem less and less willi...

FTC's Digital Privacy Report Has Welcome Recommendations

Larry Magid | Posted 06.03.2012 | Technology
Larry Magid

Thank you FTC for outlining a broad approach to transparency when it comes to accessing our own data. Now it's time for Congress to enact legislation that truly benefits consumers, not just those who profit from our information.

Who's Responsible For All These Scams?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 05.19.2012 | Business
Christopher Elliott

The process of making sure you don't leave your data lying around carelessly starts when you spend the first dollar of your allowance and develops as you become a gainfully-employed, taxpaying citizen.

Hospitals Under The Gun For...

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.19.2012 | Business

Federal antitrust regulators are targeting the flood of hospital mergers that emerged in the wake of the new health care legislation. Hospital comp...

Refinery Murder Mystery

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.19.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

As fuel prices rise, companies like Sunoco and ConocoPhillips are closing the very facilities essential for producing fuels. It raises the question: why would corporations do that?

Some Of Those Car Dealer Ads May Be Too Good To Be True

AP | JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 05.14.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — Beware of car dealer ads that promise to pay off the loan on your trade-in. In a first-of-its-kind case, the Federal Trade Commiss...

REPORT: Feds Subpoena Apple In Google Antitrust Probe

Posted 05.13.2012 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Antitrust regulators investigating Google for potential antitrust violations have asked Apple Inc how it incorporates Googl...

Mortgage Lenders Aren't The Only Ones Accused Of Robo-Signing

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 03.12.2012 | Business

Apparently robo-signing might not be a practice reserved solely for the foreclosure crisis. West Virgnia's attorney general is suing two units of ...