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  • Like Feinstein, Boxer urges federal inqury into high gas prices

    Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is following in her colleague Dianne Feinstein’s steps by calling for a federal investigation into record gas prices in California. Boxer is urging the Department of Justice’s Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working...
  • Feds say retailers bamboozled shoppers into thinking they were buying green products

     
    If you bought certain blankets, sheets or clothing from Amazon.com, Macy's, Sears, Kmart or Leon Max several years ago thinking it was environmentally friendly because it was made of bamboo, it might not have been. Authorities allege the retailers were......
  • The dish on Dish Network

     
    Dish Network and its affiliates are accused of being pests by making sales calls to people who had already told Dish to bug off. The Federal Trade Commission sued Dish Network last week, seeking to stop the telemarketing phone calls.......
  • Traveling for Christmas? Watch for undisclosed fees at hotels

     
    If you're hitting the road for the holidays and are booking a hotel room, make sure you know the full price you'll be paying before you arrive. Authorities recently warned several hotels they weren't being upfront with their online pricing.......
  • Miracles do happen - telemarketer nailed for alleged Do Not Call violations

     
    Some of my recent columns, including today's about burglar alarm sales scams, have prompted plenty of complaints about the government's inability to stop telemarketing calls to people on the Do Not Call list. When people ask me why more isn't......
  • McManus: Obama's war on red tape

    McManus: Obama's war on red tape
    Here are three things the Obama administration has done that you probably didn't know about: Ever struggle with those accordion-style rubber sleeves on nozzles at the gas station? The sleeve — technically a "vapor recovery nozzle" — was...
  • Measuring identity theft protection services

     
    People occasionally ask me what I know about companies that offer identity theft protection services and whether they are worth the cost. I haven't explored that issue, but the Consumer Federation of America has, and it issued an update this......
  • Universal EMI deal heats up in Europe

    Universal EMI deal heats up in Europe
    The climate is heating up for Universal Music Group in Brussels as the company shuttles its proposal to buy EMI's recorded music business through Europe's labyrinthine antitrust approval process. The pending $1.9-billion acquisition, announced in...
  • Reporting privacy vs. profits on Internet browsers

    Reporting privacy vs. profits on Internet browsers
    Balancing privacy and profits on the Internet is proving difficult. An industry leadership group was chartered last year to hammer out a universal "do not track" policy to protect Web surfers, whose personal data is collected as they move from site to...
  • ComScore leader focused on consumer interests and business assistance

    ComScore leader focused on consumer interests and business assistance
    It's not uncommon for Gian Fulgoni to be told how much he looks like Dustin Hoffman, or even to be mistaken for the Academy Award-winning actor and pressed for an autograph.    It happens at least once a week. When it does, the typically gregarious,...
  • Chicago BBB chief has navigated scandal to rebuild public trust

    Chicago BBB chief has navigated scandal to rebuild public trust
    When Steve Bernas took over as CEO of the Chicago region's Better Business Bureau, the only employer he's ever known as a professional, it was a baptism by fire.    Bernas was being groomed to take over, but he only took the reins in 2007 because his...
  • 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...