David Lazarus


David Lazarus is an award-winning business columnist for the Los Angeles Times, focusing on consumer affairs. He also appears daily on KTLA-TV Channel 5 and is a part-time radio host. His work appears in newspapers across the country and has resulted in a variety of laws protecting consumers.

Recent Articles

  • Air 'bill of rights' on hold

    Airline passengers just can't catch a break. Or can they? Hundreds of thousands of people were forced to scramble for alternative travel arrangements recently after American Airlines, the nation's biggest carrier, canceled more than 3,000 flights for maintenance checks. Meantime, Aloha Airlines,...

  • Rounding up bills is challenged

    We live in an age of supercomputer-driven, lightning-fast digital technology that can determine the time of day to the nanosecond. So why do shipping companies routinely round up package weights to the nearest pound? How come cell phone companies round up calls to the nearest minute? How many millions...

  • Fees helping banks to boost their bottom lines


  • Fed rate cut may be bad for stretched consumer

    If the Federal Reserve's recent cut in interest rates makes it less expensive and easier for people to obtain loans, it would be bad news for Yusupha Touray. By his estimate, the 27-year-old Long Beach, Calif., resident owes about $93,000 in credit-card, phone, utility and hospital bills. "When...

  • Banks get creative with cash advance fees

    Buying euros results in two extra charges for customer, then she's dinged for paying it off