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  • Are hidden hotel fees about to check out?

    Are hidden hotel fees about to check out?
    After Jane Hatch selected the room rate she wanted at the West Street Hotel in Bar Harbor, Me., the hotel website delivered an unpleasant surprise on the next screen: The quoted price hadn't included a $25-per-day "resort and club fee" that gave Hatch...
  • Expired debt coming back to haunt some through deceptive means

    I have been a certified court mediator in Florida for more than 10 years. In recent years, I have seen more and more cases of creditors and debt collectors suing people who have not made the minimum payments on their credit cards. If you have outstanding...
  • 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...
  • U.S. sues to block American Airlines-US Airways merger

    U.S. sues to block American Airlines-US Airways merger
    After years of airline mergers that have dramatically reduced choices for travelers, the U.S. Justice Department has sued to halt what would be the largest airline marriage in U.S. history. The Justice Department joined six states and the District of...
  • Survey finds credit card companies are protecting consumer interests in chargeback policies

    Several months ago, I wrote a column that discussed why it pays to use a credit card for large purchases, whether for merchandise or services. I pointed out that if you are dissatisfied with what you have purchased, you should document your complaint in...
  • Airlines' attorneys eager to fight U.S. over merger

    Airlines' attorneys eager to fight U.S. over merger
    A day after the U.S. Department of Justice sued to block the mega-merger of American Airlines and US Airways, attorneys for the carriers called the legal challenge weak and said they are looking forward to battling the government in court. The Justice...
  • Google's Clout on Capitol Hill Concerns Hollywood

    At a recent D.C. conference, author Scott Turow compared Internet search giants to drug pushers. "We have search engines that exist under the motto, 'Don't be evil,' " he added in a sarcastic tone. "Please." It was more than apparent which company he...
  • Debt collectors warned to play fair

    Debt collectors don't have easy jobs. They're tasked with tracking down people who often don't want to be tracked down and don't want to pay up. But that doesn't mean they can do whatever they think it would take to get you to write a check, like...
  • Rosenthal: Feds have reservations on American and US Airways

     Rosenthal: Feds have reservations on American and US Airways
    Every frequent flier knows how frustrating it is when, awaiting final clearance for takeoff, you're instead told there's a problem and you must taxi back to the gate. Maybe American Airlines and US Airways eventually will get where they want to go...
  • Does Anchorage Have Enough Taxicabs?

    Does Anchorage Have Enough Taxicabs?
    The Municipality of Anchorage recently sold 15 new taxicab permits, which means there will soon be 187 cabs in the city -- but whether that's enough for nearly 300,000 people is an open question. City officials are in the midst of an 18-month review...
  • 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......