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October 2017

As expected, the Senate votes for the interests of Wall Street and big business over consumers on class action lawsuits

The vote by the Senate Tuesday to reject the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new rule that would have allowed consumers to band together in class action lawsuits serves Wall Street and the big corporations well. Edmund Mierzwinski, consumer program director, U.S. PIRG “It leaves consumers, including veterans and servicemembers, unable... Read more →

Wall Street likely to get its first win under Trump

As I predicted, the Trump presidency and Republican Congress aren’t going to be good for consumers. The Senate leadership is pushing a vote Tuesday on whether to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s arbitration rule. Forced arbitration clauses that are buried in the fine print of take-it-or-leave-it contracts may be... Read more →

Recall of BSH Home Appliances dishwashers expended due to fire hazard

BSH Home Appliances is recalling about 408,000 Bosch, Gaggenau, Jenn-Air, and Thermador brand dishwashers and about 61,000 in Canada. Previously, 149,000 additional units were recalled in October 2015. The date range has been expanded for previously recalled models. The dishwasher power cord on the dishwashers can overheat and catch fire.... Read more →

To prevent medication mistakes and possibly save money, Oct. 21 is ‘Check Your Meds’ day

With Americans regularly taking more pills than ever, Consumer Reports is asking consumers to get a “medication checkup” with their doctor or pharmacist to help prevent risky drug errors and interactions – and possibly save money. Working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Consumer Reports has proclaimed... Read more →

General Motors signs settlement with states over defective ignition switch

Photo: IFCAR Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia have reached a $120 million settlement with General Motors Co. over charges that General Motors concealed safety issues related to ignition switch defects in General Motors vehicles. The states investigated the auto manufacturer’s failure to disclose known safety defects associated with... Read more →

Baby boomers ponder retirement and old age

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is ranked the second-best place to retire in 2018 by U.S. News and World Report. Although he’s been blogging for more than seven years, Tom Sightings reports he’s been AWOL for a couple of weeks. He’s had a short-term job and his daughter was married in Brooklyn,... Read more →

Ningbo Litesun Electric and Home Depot recall outlet converters due to shock and fire hazards

Ningbo Litesun Electric and Home Depot are recalling about 42,000 outlet converters. The outlet converters’ front outlet prongs aren’t configured correctly, causing reverse polarity when plugs are inserted, posing shock and fire hazards. The firm has received one report of a consumer who was shocked while using one of the... Read more →