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September 2018

Emerson Tool Co. recalling wet/dry vacuums due to shock hazard

The Emerson Tool Co. is recalling about 208,000 RIDGID wet/dry vacuums in the United States and about 2,600 in Canada The on/off switch can become dislodged and expose energized wiring, posing a shock hazard to consumers. No incidents or injuries have been reported. This recall involves RIDGID NXT wet/dry vacuums,... Read more →


Nine student loan debt relief companies are being sued for scam

A lawsuit filed Thursday against nine student loan debt relief companies, their financing company, and two leaders in several of the companies alleges that the defendants illegally advertise, sell, and finance student debt relief services to thousands of consumers nationwide. It alleges that defendants claim to be affiliated with the... Read more →


Court rules that delayed student protections could take effect in October

A federal judge gave the U.S. Department of Education less than 30 days on Monday to decide whether to further delay carrying out a 2016 rule designed to protect students from being ripped off by for-profit colleges. The judge was skeptical that the department would be able to issue a... Read more →


Be careful before you donate to help victims of Hurricane Florence

If you’re considering donating to a charity to help victims of Hurricane Florence, be sure to check out the organization. Following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma last year, some scammers used links to “charitable organizations” as a phishing attempt to steal personal information from those seeking to donate or to set... Read more →


General Motors recalling more than 1 million pickups, SUVs for power steering problem

Photo: order_242 General Motors is recalling about 1.2 million pickup trucks and SUVs due to a power-steering problem. The steering can fail momentarily because of a drop and sudden return in voltage, mainly during low-speed turns. The company said 30 accidents and two injuries have been reported, but no deaths.... Read more →


FDA cracks down on sale, marketing of e-cigarettes to kids

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a series of enforcement actions Wednesday on the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes to kids. The agency issued more than 1,300 warning letters and fines to retailers who illegally sold JUUL and other e-cigarette products to minors during a nationwide, undercover sting of... Read more →


Trump administration cuts back on big bank enforcement as nation marks the 10th anniversary of the Great Recession

Although regulators’ failure to do much about corporate wrongdoing on Wall Street helped trigger the 2008 financial crisis, the Trump administration is scaling back enforcement against Wall Street wrongdoing, a Public Citizen analysis shows. At the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which protects shareholders from corporate fraud and abuse, the... Read more →