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Don’t trust the list prices on Amazon, Consumer Watchdog says

March 20, 2017 |

After a barrage of lawsuits directed at the online shopping industry, it appeared Amazon Inc. was starting to phase out list pricing, a controversial practice accused of deceptively inflating how much consumers save through the e-commerce giant.

But a study commissioned by Consumer Watchdog finds…


L.A. Times – Business

Justice Department tells court that Trump should be able to fire consumer watchdog

March 19, 2017 |

The Justice Department told a federal court on Friday that President Trump should be able to fire the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, arguing the structure of the controversial independent watchdog is unconstitutional.

The brief, filed in a case in which a New Jersey mortgage…


L.A. Times – Business

Watchdog Tells Parents to Destroy ‘Spying’ Doll

February 18, 2017 |

German authorities have issued a warning to parents that sounds like it was taken from an urban legend: A doll could be spying on their children and should be smashed. The country’s Federal Network Agency has reclassified the My Friend Cayla toy as a “concealed transmitting device,” which is illegal…
Newser

Consumer Watchdog raises concerns about occupation-based auto insurance discounts

February 8, 2017 |

Consumer Watchdog is urging the California Department of Insurance to deny auto insurance rate proposals from insurers Geico and Progressive that the consumer group says will dole out unfair discounts based on occupation.

The organization says discounts given to so-called affinity groups give preference to…


L.A. Times – Business

Chief of the FTC, the powerful consumer watchdog, is stepping down

January 14, 2017 |

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said Friday that she will soon step down as head of the country’s most powerful consumer watchdog after serving more than three years in the role and another three years before that as a commissioner.

Ramirez is expected to serve in her current…


L.A. Times – Business

House GOP Votes to ‘Effectively Kill’ Own Ethics Watchdog

January 3, 2017 |

Did the swamp just vote against drains? House Republicans bucked party leaders Monday night with a vote that the New York Times reports will hobble and “effectively kill” their independent ethics watchdog. Under a change that comes as part of a rules package for the 115th Congress, which will be…
Newser

Tensions Flare as Eurozone Bank Watchdog Tries to Bite

November 26, 2016 |

The ECB’s top bank supervisor is looking to force through painful restructuring at struggling lenders and ensure rules are enforced evenly across the continent. Whether she succeeds will define the bloc’s ability to shake off its banking crisis.
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