Inquiring Consumer Archive: October, 2010

Firm preyed on owners desperate to dump time-shares

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The Federal Trade Commission has shut down a Florida telemarketing "boiler room," contending that it was scamming desperate time-share... Read more

Verizon to pay $78 million over data 'mystery fees'

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Complaints first arose nearly three years ago that mysterious $1.99-per-megabyte data charges were showing up on the bills of Verizon Wireless... Read more

Is it safe to keep a cell phone in your pocket?

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For years, all that's been clear about the risks of electromagnetic radiation from cell phones is that the risks aren't entirely clear - a... Read more

Study: 'Greenwashing' mars 95% of 'green' items

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"Greenwashing" is still a common problem, according to a new study by TerraChoice that finds questionable practices in 95 percent... Read more

Consumer Reports: GM rises in reliability

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There's good news for shareholders of General Motors - yup, that means all of us - in this afternoon's release of Consumer Reports' closely... Read more

The upside of not gouging customers

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Bank of America says it has lost $364 million in revenue because it quit charging surprise $35 overdraft fees on point-of-sale transactions... Read more

Priorities for the Fed's new consumer agency?

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Lots of folks will be suggesting priorities for the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the independent agency to be housed at the Federal... Read more

Votes save key cost-control measure in Obamacare

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Remember the phrase "medical loss ratio"? If you weren't paying close attention during the ugly, polarized debate over the health-insurance... Read more