Inquiring Consumer Archive: September, 2011

Angry about new debit-card fees? Switch banks

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Bank of America plans to impose a new $5-a-month charge - $60 a year - for the privilege of using your debit card, its favored alternative... Read more

Reebok to pay $25 million over 'better legs and a better butt' claims

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Can a particular brand of sports shoe offer "better legs and a better butt with every step"? That's what Reebok claimed in ads for its EasyTone... Read more

Despite ad pitch, even Sprint has its limits

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In commercials, Sprint has been touting itself as the only major carrier that still offers its customers limitless downloads. Sprint says... Read more

Elizabeth Warren, on video, counters 'class warfare' attack

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Maybe this video of Elizabeth Warren campaigning in Massachusetts isn't the "must see TV" that TNR's Jonathan Cohn portrays it as, but the... Read more

The damage done by the 'debt machine'

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I wrote Sunday's column about the alternate reality presented by Republican politicians who look at the recent history of deregulatory fervor... Read more

Is this why the GOP wants to hinder consumer bureau's startup?

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Richard Cordray, the former Ohio attorney general named to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, faces a formidable obstacle as... Read more