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Stories with subject: Consumer protection and advocacy
  • Nevada utility regulators facing big decision on Switch bid 
    Updated: May-21-15 3:46 pm

    CARSON CITY, Nevada - Power industry experts are challenging a Public Utilities Commission of Nevada legal memo issued this month that critiques a Las Vegas tech company for wanting to sever its ties with the main power supplier in the state, NV Energy.

  • Judge won't reopen RadioShack intellectual property auction 
    Updated: May-20-15 6:11 pm

    WILMINGTON, Delaware - A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday refused to reopen a disputed auction for the sale of RadioShack's intellectual property, including trademarks and data on some 67 million customers of the electronics retailer.

  • House panel votes to repeal country-origin meat labeling law story has photos
    Updated: May-20-15 4:38 pm

    WASHINGTON - A House committee has voted to get rid of labels on packages of meat that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

  • USDA creates new government certification for GMO-free story has photos
    Updated: May-14-15 5:09 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients.

  • Sally Beauty confirms second data breach 
    Updated: May-14-15 8:13 am

    DENTON, Texas - The Sally Beauty chain confirmed Thursday that it has suffered its second data breach in just over two years.

  • AG sues landlord for unsafe homes, some rented to refugees 
    Updated: May-12-15 6:58 pm

    PITTSBURGH - A western Pennsylvania landlord rented unsafe and uninhabitable apartments, many of them to Bhutanese refugees, and violated state consumer protection laws in the process, the state attorney general said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

  • Kilmartin warns consumers of fake tech support scam 
    Updated: May-09-15 1:40 pm

    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Rhode Island's attorney general is warning about the resurgence of a scam where consumers receive unsolicited phone calls from individuals claiming to be technical support staff from a virus protection software company.

  • New York issues 1st charter for virtual currency exchange 
    Updated: May-07-15 4:02 pm

    ALBANY, New York - New York regulators have granted their first charter under the state's banking law for a commercial exchange for virtual currency to itBit Trust Company LLC. It can begin operating immediately.

  • Oxfam America presses SEC on drafting disclosure regulations 
    Updated: May-06-15 8:53 pm

    BOSTON - The aid group Oxfam America is pressing federal officials to draft regulations aimed at requiring U.S.-listed oil, gas, and mining companies to publish what they pay to governments for access to natural resources in foreign countries.

  • EU moves to help tech companies compete with US giants story has photos
    Updated: May-06-15 10:32 am

    BRUSSELS - The European Union has unveiled a long-term strategy to help its technology companies compete with U.S. giants like Google and Amazon by unifying the continent's digital sector and taking a hard line on abuses by dominant firms.

  • Correction: Debt-Lawsuits story 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 3:55 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - In a story April 28 about North Carolina Senate legislation on information attached to legal complaints filed by debt buyers against consumers, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of an attorney at the Center for Responsible Lending. Her name is Ellen Harnick, not Hamrick.

  • Regions Bank fined $7.5 million for illegal overdraft fees 
    Updated: Apr-28-15 1:23 pm

    NEW YORK - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has fined Regions Bank $7.5 million for illegally charging customers for overdraft protection.

  • Consumer group sues Cigna, alleges discrimination 
    Updated: Apr-28-15 9:46 am

    MIAMI - A consumer advocacy group has filed a class-action lawsuit against Cigna saying a new policy discriminates against people with HIV and AIDS and violates the federal health law by requiring them to get their medications from its mail-order pharmacy.

  • Winners and losers of the demise of the big Comcast deal 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 10:05 pm

    NEW YORK - In the aftermath of Comcast's decision to walk away from buying Time Warner Cable, some winners and losers are emerging.

  • Comcast deal may be dead, but cable consolidation will go on story has photos
    Updated: Apr-24-15 9:32 am

    NEW YORK - Even though Comcast's $45.2 billion bid for Time Warner Cable is dead, consolidation among the companies that pipe in our TV, phone and Internet will carry on.