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February 2017

About a quarter of funeral homes violate federal funeral rule, latest inspections show

In 31 of the 133 funeral homes visited during 2015 and 2016, federal regulators found funeral homes in nine states failed to disclose pricing information to consumers, undercover agents for the Federal Trade Commission found. Issued in 1984, the funeral rule gives consumers rights when making funeral arrangements. It requires... Read more →


Best Presidents’ Day deals

With Presidents’ Day coming up soon, consumers will find some of the biggest discounts of the year during the holiday and throughout February, the personal-finance website WalletHub said. For more than a year, WalletHub tracked various product categories at several retailers to determine which items are discounted most heavily in... Read more →


FTC fines student loan servicer $700,000

GC Services is being charged with being overly aggressive in their efforts to find student loan debtors. The Federal Trade Commission alleges that GC Services: Left phone messages that illegally disclosed information about a person’s debts to other people without the debtor’s permission. Called people multiple times after being told... Read more →


Power adapters for Nook Tablet 7 being recalled due to shock hazard

Barnes & Noble is recalling about 147,000 power adapters sold with the Nook Tablet 7. The power adapter casing can break when plugged into an electrical outlet, exposing its metal prongs, posing an electric shock hazard. Barnes & Noble has received four reports of the power adapter breaking or pulling... Read more →


Facts and figures for Valentine’s Day 2017

Valentine’s Day, the time many people take to express their affections for their loved one, is fast approaching. Opinions differ as to who was the original Valentine, but the most popular theory is that he was a clergyman who was executed for secretly marrying couples in ancient Rome. In A.D.... Read more →


How to keep track of magazine renewals

Do you get overwhelmed by renewal notices for magazines? Keeping track of the expiration dates for magazine subscriptions can get confusing, especially if you get several renewal notices for the same publication. Here are tips from Colleen Tressler, consumer education specialist for the Federal Trace Commission to help keep track... Read more →


Legal financial advance firm charged with scamming 9/11 heroes, NFL players out of millions of dollars

RD Legal Funding is being sued for allegedly scamming 9/11 heroes out of money for medical costs, lost income, and other needs, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the New York Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday. RD Legal also allegedly conned National Football League concussion victims. The illegal scheme deceived... Read more →


VIZIO agrees not to track your TV shows, other information without your permission

VIZIO has agreed to settle charges that it violated the law when it used its automated content recognition or ACR software in more than 11 million Internet-connected VIZIO televisions to determine what people watch – without their consent, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday. VIZIO collected data from households with... Read more →