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Scary thought: Trump now gets to pick the country’s top consumer watchdog

November 15, 2017 |

After this week naming a former drug industry executive to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, President Trump now will be able to appoint his own pick to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Maybe someone from the payday lending business?

How about the former head of Wells…


L.A. Times – Business

Watchdog urges Asian summits to address rights crises

November 9, 2017 |

Human Rights Watch has urged world leaders converging for annual summits in Southeast Asia to address the region’s human rights crises led by the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and what it calls the “murderous” anti-drug crackdown in the Philippines.
FOX News

Watchdog: Mnuchin Flights Cost Taxpayer $811K

October 6, 2017 |

“Just because something is legal doesn’t make it right,” White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney said when setting down new travel rules —and it was a line that a Treasury Department watchdog decided to include in his report on Steven Mnuchin’s travel. In his review of the Treasury secretary’s controversial…
Newser

Amazon is still inflating discounts despite new name, Consumer Watchdog says

July 6, 2017 |

In a bid to promote its deals to consumers, Amazon.com Inc. started displaying current discounts compared to their historic price tags — a strategy that it calls the “was” price.

The “was” price was introduced as the e-commerce giant faced legal challenges and mounting criticism for allegedly exaggerating…


L.A. Times – Business

House Republicans threaten consumer watchdog with contempt of Congress

June 12, 2017 |

House Republicans this week threatened Richard Cordray, the embattled director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, with contempt of Congress, saying his agency has not complied with a demand to provide documents related to Wells Fargo & Co.’s unauthorized accounts scandal.

In a staff report…


L.A. Times – Business

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