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Stories with subject: Consumer affairs
  • Mortgage handling complaints persist for NC consumers 
    Updated: Aug-30-15 11:58 am

    CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - Complaints against mortgage companies continue to stream in from financial consumers in North Carolina nine years after the start of the U.S. housing crisis.

  • Ride-hailing firms can make pickups at Los Angeles airport 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 1:32 pm

    LOS ANGELES - Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies won approval Tuesday to pick up passengers at Los Angeles International Airport after weeks of debate over whether their drivers are properly screened to weed out criminals.

  • Ride-hailing firms can make pickups at Los Angeles airport 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 6:58 pm

    LOS ANGELES - Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies won approval Tuesday to pick up passengers at Los Angeles International Airport after weeks of debate over whether their drivers are properly screened to weed out criminals.

  • Correction: Spying TVs-California story story has photos
    Updated: Aug-21-15 7:25 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - In a story Aug. 20 about legislation to warn consumers about recording TVs, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Samsung changed its policy on recording conversations. The company changed its manuals to reflect that its smart TVs do not record or store conversations. AP also erroneously reported that Samsung supports the legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, AB1116. The company has not taken a public position on the bill.

  • Group says Covered California slow to fix customer problems 
    Updated: Aug-20-15 6:25 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - California's health insurance exchange is still sluggish when it comes to resolving customer service problems, leaving many people unable to access health care or finalize their tax returns, a consumer advocacy group said Thursday.

  • Regulators sue 2 companies making loans against pensions 
    Updated: Aug-20-15 3:22 pm

    WASHINGTON - Federal and New York regulators have sued two companies that make loans against retirees' pensions, saying they deceived consumers about the high rates of the loans.

  • State: Skim milk with no added vitamins is 'imitation' 
    Updated: Aug-19-15 5:48 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Ocheesee Creamery in the Florida Panhandle produces all-natural skim milk from grass-fed cows with absolutely nothing added, yet the state says they have to call it "imitation."

  • Russia hits French chain Auchan with food inspections 
    Updated: Aug-19-15 12:22 pm

    MOSCOW - Russian authorities conducted "systematic" inspections at French supermarket chain Auchan following concerns about poor-quality meat, officials said Wednesday.

  • Turnpike official warns of E-ZPass email phishing scam 
    Updated: Aug-19-15 9:37 am

    PITTSBURGH - Pennsylvania Turnpike officials and consumer advocates are warning people who pay tolls using E-ZPass to watch out for an email phishing scam.

  • Kansas regulators urged to allow increased electricity rates 
    Updated: Aug-17-15 3:32 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - An agreement that would allow Kansas' largest electric company to increase its rates about 4 percent is reasonable for customers while covering the cost of power plant upgrades, attorneys for the utility and other parties told state regulators Monday.

  • Leahy praises new Federal Trade Commission policy 
    Updated: Aug-17-15 4:05 am

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is praising a policy statement from the Federal Trade Commission that codifies some of its consumer protection efforts.

  • Arizona AG's Office settles lawsuit with moving company 
    Updated: Aug-14-15 6:17 am

    PHOENIX - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (burn-o-vich) has announced the settlement of a consumer fraud lawsuit against a Phoenix-area moving and storage company and its owner.

  • Arkansas AG issues consumer alert for military families 
    Updated: Aug-13-15 3:08 am

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has issued a consumer alert to educate Arkansas's active-duty servicemen and women and their families about the safeguards that are in place if they own a home or plan to buy one.

  • Citizens Bank returning $14M to customers, fined $20.5M 
    Updated: Aug-12-15 4:43 pm

    WASHINGTON - Citizens Bank is returning $14 million to individual and business customers in an agreement with federal regulators for failing to credit customers the full amounts of their deposits.

  • NextEra: Hawaii Electric deal to give $1 billion in benefits 
    Updated: Aug-12-15 3:10 pm

    HONOLULU - In response to a growing list of opponents of the proposed $4.3 billion merger of Hawaii Electric Industries and Florida-based NextEra Energy, NextEra officials said Tuesday that the deal will result in $1 billion in customer savings and economic benefits over five years.

  • Recent Kansas Editorials 
    Updated: Aug-11-15 8:09 am

    The Hutchinson News, Aug. 5

  • Idaho recovers $24 million protecting consumers 
    Updated: Aug-10-15 5:19 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho Attorney General's Office has recovered more than $24 million in penalties and costs enforcing consumer protection laws.

  • Delaware decides against state health insurance exchange 
    Updated: Aug-06-15 3:50 pm

    DOVER, Delaware - Delaware officials have decided not to develop the state's own health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act and instead will keep the current federal partnership model.

  • Uber first app-based firm to apply for license in Montana 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 5:17 pm

    HELENA, Montana - Hailing a ride through a smartphone app is closer to becoming a reality in Montana.

  • Former worker sues Safeway over leering customer 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 9:13 am

    PORTLAND, Oregon - A former Safeway employee has filed a lawsuit against the grocery store chain saying she was forced to quit because a customer repeatedly stared at her breasts and made vulgar comments.