Press Releases Archive

Aug 16 2017

FTC Settles with Uber Over Data Privacy

The FTC alleged that Uber’s failure to provide reasonable data security allowed a hacker to access personal information about Uber drivers in May 2014. The information included more than 100,000 drivers’ names and license numbers. Uber has
Jul 14 2017

FCC Proposes New Rules on Slamming and Cramming

The FCC is taking steps to prevent your cellphone carrier from being switched without your express permission and verification, and from having unexpected charges tacked onto your monthly bill. Here’s more.
Jan 24 2017

Local Municipalities Can Help Tame High-Cost Payday Lenders

Payday lenders can charge workers an arm and a leg (up to 400% sometimes) for a short term loan to carry them over until payday. Some states don’t have strong laws to protect people who use payday
Nov 11 2016

FTC Sues Prepaid Card for False Promises

NetSpend told consumers they would have immediate access to funds they deposited onto their prepaid cards, but according to a suit just filed by the FTC, many consumers’ access to their money was delayed for weeks or
Aug 25 2016

First National Bank of Omaha to Pay $32-mil for Illegal Credit Card Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has ordered First National Bank of Omaha to provide $27.75 million in relief to roughly 257,000 consumers harmed by illegal practices with credit card add-on products. The bank used deceptive marketing
Jul 15 2016

Herbalife Settles with FTC Over Sales Practices

The infamous multi-level marketing company, Herbalife, just settled with the FTC for $200 million over its sales practices. It has been charged that company tries to get its salespeople to enlist more salespeople into the company, rather
Feb 1 2016

Don’t Pay for Student Loan Help

There are online ads claiming that “Obama Wants to Forgive Your Student Loans!” or “Erase Default Statuses in 4–6 Weeks!” The link takes you to companies that want to help you manage your loans — for a fee. You
Jan 29 2016

Secure Your Video Baby Monitor!

Internet-connected devices like video monitors provide convenience but without proper safeguards, they pose serious privacy risks. Here’s the story.
Dec 30 2015

Macy’s Recalls Martha Stewart Frying Pans

Some stainless steel frying pans sold by Macy’s under the Martha Stewart brand pose a safety hazard. Apparently the little disks that cover the rivets holding the handle on can pop off and injure the user. Here’s
Dec 16 2015

CFPB Warns Colleges About Undisclosed Deals with Credit Card Issuers

Get’m while their young may be the mantra of credit card companies that market their cards to college students. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, however, says that a number of colleges are not disclosing financial agreements they
Dec 1 2015

37,000+ Websites Shuttered for Selling Counterfeits

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) teamed with industry and law-enforcement agencies from 27 different countries to shutdown 37,479 websites for illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers. Here’s the story.
Nov 18 2015

Feds Bring Over 100 Cases Against Dietary Supplements

The Department of Justice announced that over the past year, it and its federal partners have brought dozens of cases against makers of potions and pills that contain ingredients other than those listed on the product label
Nov 6 2015

Lowe’s Settles Flooring Case with NY-AG for $2-mil

Lowe’s has agreed to pay two million dollars in refunds and penalties for the way it charged purchasers of flooring in its NY stores. Lowe’s based installation costs based on the square footage of the materials ordered,
Oct 22 2015

WV-AG Sues NuWave Over Deceptive Practices

You’ve probably seen their infomercials for the NuWave induction cooktop. You are supposed to get one free when you purchase one, but a lawsuit filed by the West Virginia Attorney General claims that company charged exorbitant shipping
Oct 12 2015

CSPI Sues FDA Over Failure to Regulate Salt

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is taking the Food and Drug Administration to federal court over the agency’s failure to act on a 10-year-old petition asking the agency to reduce the excess salt—the main