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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 ...

Americans Got A Little Bit Less Angry At Banks Last Year

Reuters | Posted 05.01.2012 | Business

* Complaints against banks drop 30 pct-BBB * Payday lender complaints rise * Banks facing new restrictions on consumer p...

Catherine New

Stopping Lawless Debt Collectors From Harassing You

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 03.01.2012 | Money

Cebilla DeCastro still disconnects her phone at night, afraid of the calls from creditors. The 48-year-old prep cook filed for bankruptcy in June 2...

The Rising Threat Of Identity Theft

Reuters | Posted 02.13.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Identity theft and other scams cost Americans $1.52 billion last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said on Tue...

The Other Sort of Domestic Abuse

Bill Bartmann | Posted 04.29.2012 | Business
Bill Bartmann

For every complaint, how many people did not complain because they felt ashamed about their debt, scared about the consequences of complaining, or simply thought that nothing would happen if they reported the abuse?

Jeffrey Young

Your Hospital Bills Could Get Worse With Mergers

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.23.2012 | Business

An uptick in hospital mergers is grabbing the attention of federal regulators, who are sounding alarms about potential increases in health care costs....

Gerry Smith

Consumer Privacy 'Bill of Rights' Seeks To Give Web Users More Control Over Their Data

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 02.23.2012 | Technology

The Obama administration on Thursday will unveil a consumer privacy "bill of rights" that aims to give web users more control over how their personal ...

Catherine New

Look Who's Outsourcing

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 02.21.2012 | Business

Even scam artists are outsourcing. On Tuesday in its first crackdown on fraudulent telemarketing in South Asia, the Federal Trade Commission announced...

Gerry Smith

Mobile Apps For Kids May Be Violating Privacy Law, FTC Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 02.17.2012 | Technology

Dozens of mobile apps for kids, from alphabet and word games to flash cards and puzzles, do not disclose how they use children's personal data and may...

Fake Suicide Call Prompts Woman To Sue Big Bank

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 02.13.2012 | Business

These days, debt collectors are putting some people through so much pain that it's landing them in the hospital. Anne Sessions of Lane County, Oreg...

Government Agency Continues Its Fight Against Abusive Debt Collectors

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.31.2012 | Business

The government's efforts to police debt collectors -- an ongoing battle that has drawn in countless ranks of cash-strapped consumers in recent years -...

Consumer Debt Buyer To Pay Millions To Settle Deception Allegations

AP | By JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 01.30.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- One of the nation's largest consumer debt buyers will pay a $2.5 million civil fine to settle deception allegations. The Federal Trade ...

Marketers Accused Of Creating Fake News Sites

AP | JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 03.26.2012 | Media

WASHINGTON (AP) — Expect to see fewer "newsy" online advertisements hawking acai berry diet pills. Federal regulators announced settl...

Google's New Search Function Slammed By Privacy Group

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 01.12.2012 | Technology

UPDATE: On Thursday, EPIC sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission calling for an investigation into the changes at Google. The letter reads in p...

Work At Home Scam Victims Still Losing, Even After FTC Settlements

Posted 01.04.2012 | Business

Work-at-home scams often prey on the most vulnerable Americans, but even when they're punished for taking advantage of the unemployed, elderly and oth...

Congress to Kids: Drop Dead

Michele Simon | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Michele Simon

Last month, when Congress declared pizza a vegetable, it was hard to believe things could get much worse. But never underestimate politicians' ability to put corporate interests ahead of children's health.

Loren Berlin

California Arrests Two For Scamming Distressed Homeowners

HuffingtonPost.com | Loren Berlin | Posted 12.07.2011 | Business

Two owners of a Southern California-based loan modification company were arrested Tuesday on charges that they scammed thousands of distressed homeown...

Food and Media Companies Lobby to Weaken Guidelines on Marketing Food to Children

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

A major lobbying push by a powerful group of food and media companies appears to be working, with a federal agency indicating it would back off on parts of proposed voluntary guidelines for marketing food to children. The guidelines are meant to combat childhood obesity.

What the Facebook/FTC Settlement Means for Users

Larry Magid | Posted 01.30.2012 | Technology
Larry Magid

The FTC and Facebook have reached a settlement on charges that Facebook deceived consumers "by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public."

In Many States, Borrowers In Debt Could End Up In Jail

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 11.22.2011 | Business

Not paying off debts can eventually land you in jail -- at least in a sizable minority of U.S. states. Borrowers who can't or don't pay their debts...

Gerry Smith

Facebook Not The Last To Face Privacy Scrutiny

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.11.2012 | Technology

Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are reportedly near a settlement over the company's privacy policies. But Facebook is not the first socia...