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Feds Shut Down “Risk-Free” Online Marketing Scheme Peddling Golf, Kitchen ProductsScreen Shot 2017-03-24 at 3.35.48 PMashleekielerconsumerist

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:51:41 +0000

As we’ve mentioned before, many companies try to lure consumers into purchasing products — be it skincare treatments or weight-loss supplements — by plastering offers for “free” or “risk-free” trails on advertisements. But as federal regulators reminded us once again, these deals often aren’t free, and don’t come without risk.  The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it charged …

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Class Action Over The Meaning Of ‘Sale’ Means Harbor Freight Customers Get Refundsharbor_freightconsumerlaura

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:26:27 +0000

Have you shopped at any of discount tool chain Harbor Freight’s 750 U.S. stores recently? A recent class action settlement over the chain’s understanding of how a “sale” works means that customers can get refunds that range from 10% to 30% of whatever they spent at the store, or a $10 gift card. The lawsuit alleged that Harbor Freight slapped …

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Additional Hoverboards Recalled Over Fire, Explosion Riskhoverboardsashleekielerconsumerist

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:48:18 +0000

Last year, federal safety regulators recalled 501,000 ”hoverboards” from eight manufacturers amid concerns that the not-actually-hovering devices’ lithium-ion battery packs posed a fire hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has added another manufacturer and 500 scooters to the recall list.  Vecaro recalled 500 hoverboards after receiving three reports of smoking. According to a notice posted with the CPSC, the lithium-ion …

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GOP Pulls Obamacare Repeal Bill Minutes Before Scheduled House Votecapitolbuildingchrismorranconsumerist

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:46:21 +0000

Facing all but certain death in the House of Representatives, the American Health Care Act — the budget resolution intended to repeal much of the 2010 Affordable Care Act — was pulled from consideration only minutes before legislators were set to vote. “We just pulled it,” President Trump confirmed to the Washington Post in a phone interview shortly after the …

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Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Says To Go See ‘LEGO Batman,’ One Of Many Movies He ProducedScreen Shot 2017-03-24 at 1.56.23 PMmarybethquirkconsumerist

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:55:13 +0000

Many Americans got a lesson in federal ethics after White House counselor Kellyanne Conway pushed Ivanka Trump’s clothing line on live TV. New Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin implied today that he’s aware of this ethical no-no, right before he advised families to go see LEGO Batman, one of many movies on which he’s got a producer credit. In …

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Honest Co. Replaces Under-Filled Dish Detergent Bottles With Accurate Oneshonestdish24ozconsumerlaura

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:15:52 +0000

We know when we go shopping that containers will usually have a bit of empty space at the top, a phenomenon called slack fill. In the case of Honest Co.’s popular dish detergent, bottles were under-filled by about 10%, and may have contained less detergent than stated on the label for years. Honest Co. is a line of household …

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Instacart To Pay $4.6M, Revise Service Amount Description To Resolve Class Action Lawsuitinstacartgrabashleekielerconsumerist

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:57:17 +0000

Back in 2015, and again last year, Instacart shoppers took their growing ire over worker classification, as well as tip and service amount changes, a step farther by suing the grocery delivery startup claiming it broke state and federal labor laws, the company has agreed to settle the class-action suit for $4.6 million. Recode reports that the settlement resolves workers …

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Here’s How Macy’s Is Trying To Lure Shoppersmacysheraldashleekielerconsumerist

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:50:48 +0000

Despite the closure of dozens of stores and an all-but-dead takeover deal, Macy’s isn’t quite ready to throw in the ol’ retail towel. Instead, the company is focusing on the future, implementing new services, revamping store features, and revising coupons in a bid to bring in shoppers. reports that the retailer has begun to experiment with several service …

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Report: Facebook, Amazon Among Tech Giants Interested In Streaming Thursday NFL Gamesfootballgamemarybethquirkconsumerist

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:42:47 +0000

If the news that Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and YouTube are all reportedly interested in streaming Thursday night NFL games sounds familiar, that’s because these same rumors swirled last year. Twitter wound up buying the rights for $10 million last season, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will edge out its competition this year: Recode cites two sources familiar …

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T-Mobile Adds Free Scam Call Warning System To Customers’ Phonest-mobile headquartersconsumerlaura

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:25:00 +0000

If telecoms and regulators can’t agree on blocking known scam callers and robocalls at the source, can’t our devices at least warn us when a call is coming from a known scam number? T-Mobile has added anti-scam features for its customers in programs that it’s calling Scam ID and Scam Block. They do exactly what they sound like: They identify …

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