Consumers found it difficult to cancel services pushed by the companies and their affiliates
A family of companies that specialize in "negative option" marketing has agreed to pay $30 million to settle allegations that they misled consumers and trapped them into paying for services they didn't want and, in some cases, didn't know they had ordered.
Not according to many of our readers, who say it's easier and quicker to do the job yoursel
If you’re a homeowner worried about the cost of maintaining your house and appliances, setting money aside in a special “rainy day/repair fund” savings account every month is probably a better choice than buying a warranty from American Home Shield and giving your money to them.
They're shaping up to be thriftier than their parents and grandparents
While their parents continue to struggle with making ends meet – making poor financial decisions along the way – today's teens and young adults appears to be shaping up as “the thrifty generation.”
It's not just recreational drugs like marijuana and cocaine
In recent years the sports pages have contained more than box scores and game highlights. There have been stories of professional athletes whose careers and reputations have been derailed after it was revealed they used banned appearance and performance enhancing drugs (APED).
Lots of hot, sharp things are lying in wait for the unwary
The kitchen is a dangerous place. It's full of knives, cooktops, hot liquids and other hazards. A little advance planning can help to minimize these hazards.
Some health experts suggest it does as much good as a more strenuous workout
There are plenty of ways to get exercise. People play sports like tennis, they go jogging, swimming or join a gym. But walking, it turns out, can be an effective and healthy exercise as well, putting less strain on joints – an important point for an aging population.
And the things you think you know could be wrong
Every year millions of Americans get food poisoning. Why isn't that a major news story? Because for the vast majority, the “illness” only amounts to a slight discomfort. Often we aren't even aware we've eaten something that wasn't quite right.
It seems they think coloring it pink will make it good to go
I’m sure MediaPost meant well when it published a recent article but even so -- my fragile, delicate, ladylike shoulders slumped when I read that “Marketers Should Take Women Seriously as Consumers,” because every time marketers attempt to take us womenfolk “seriously” they make utter asses of themselves.
Senator wants more rigorous inspections and clear labeling of Chinese chicken imports
Chicken from China has been blamed by many pet owners for the illnesses and deaths their dogs have experienced after eating treats made with Chinese chicken.
"Reputation management" firms hired writers to gin up phony reviews for businesses
Following a year-long undercover investigation, 19 companies have agreed to top creating fraudulent online reviews and pay $350,000 in penalties, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced this week.
Despite what a caller tells you, your computer is fine
You get a call at home from someone who claims to be from Microsoft tech support. In an urgent, breathless tone, he warns your computer has been compromised with a dangerous virus. You need to follow his instructions, to the letter, immediately. Relax, your computer is fine.
Harvard researchers say more colonoscopies would result in fewer deaths
Colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer, is caused by tumors growing in parts of the large intestine. In the past a colon cancer diagnosis was very often fatal. By the time it was discovered, it was usually too late.
Experts say the safest solution is to bring baby's crib into the parents' bedroom
One recent study found that 45% of parents had brought their baby into their bed in the previous eight months, even though experts advise against it because it's far too easy for the baby to be squashed or suffocated by its sleeping parents.
As dogs age they, like humans, suffer from aches and pains
As your dog ages, he or she is subject to many of the same ailments you are. If they live long enough they are likely to suffer from arthritis, a crippling and painful condition when it occurs in people. It is no less painful in dogs.
New rules aim to prevent improper assembly, which can cause catastrophic collapse
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued new construction and testing standards for baby cribs with play yards, hoping to prevent serious injuries and fatalities caused by assembly errors.