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January 2015

How to increase the value of your home before its sale

With housing prices increasing, more consumers are interested in selling their homes. And, with interest rates low, other consumers are looking at buying homes again. Findings from a survey of more than 300 licensed residential real estate agents by the Consumer Reports National Research Center show that certain factors, such... Read more →


Funeral providers required to give price information

By Bridget Small, Consumer Education Specialist, Federal Trade Commission Planning a funeral can be challenging, but accurate information can help you sort through your options. Under the FTC’s Funeral Rule, providers have to give you information about the funeral goods and services they offer. But, according to the FTC, the... Read more →


FCC to fine AT&T $640,000 for unauthorized wireless operations

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing to fine AT&T $640,000 for allegedly operating wireless stations throughout the United States without authorization during a five year period. The commission said it’s taking the enforcement action to prevent unauthorized radio operations from interfering with radio communications. “Our society’s dependence upon wireless communications... Read more →


Happy Privacy Day

By Aditi Jhaveri , Consumer Education Specialist, Federal Trade Commission Sorry, folks, I don’t have any cake to share for this celebration, but don’t let that stop you from participating in Data Privacy Day. There are practical things you can do today, and every day, to protect your personal information.... Read more →


Baby boomer bloggers talking about pizza and more

Tom Sightings at Sightings Over Sixty is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #388. Tom’s been traveling to Florida, and he has a good recommendation for a pizza place in Bradenton Beach. Another boomer blogger has been to the Sunshine State, and she writes about the benefits... Read more →


Independent auto repair shops do better than dealerships, survey shows

Consumer Reports latest survey of repair service satisfaction found consumers will likely be more satisfied with an independent repair shop than with a new-car dealership. However, Tesla, the electric carmaker, outscored the independent shops. It earned praise for its on-time repairs, courtesy, price, quality, and overall satisfaction. But, part of... Read more →


Recall of the Week: CR Brand’s mean green cleaner and degreaser due to chemical hazard

CR Brands is recalling about 83,800 containers of its Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser and Mean Green Industrial Strength Cleaner & Degreaser. The products are labeled “Does not contain Ammonia,” but they may contain it. The mislabeling of the bottles can pose a chemical hazard to consumers, the... Read more →


Public Citizen asks FTC to investigate Life Line Screening’s ads for heart disease, osteoporosis tests

Public Citizen is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the marketing of Life Line Screening, a national cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis screening company. The company’s advertising makes unproven claims about the medical benefits of its screening package and omits information about the health and financial risks from them,... Read more →


Dish Network found liable for tens of millions of telemarketing calls, including ‘do not call’ violations

A federal court has found Dish Network liable for tens of millions of calls that violated the Federal Trade Commission’s Telemarketing Sales Rule or TSR, including “do not call” violations. The opinion is a partial judgment in a case the Department of Justice filed on behalf of the Federal Trade... Read more →