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May 2019

How government regulations help consumers

Conservatives rail against government regulations, and the Trump administration is doing its best every day to cut government regulations that corporations hate. However, government regulations help consumers. A report by the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards lists 10 worker, health, safety, and transportation standards that could help consumers this summer. “Summer... Read more →

Plan to relocate USDA research agencies opposed by food safety groups

Members of the Safe Food Coalition are asking Congress to stop the efforts to diminish the impact of key research agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including moving two of them out of Washington, D.C. The USDA has an announcement of a list of finalists for the proposed relocation... Read more →

Baby boomers discuss what you should do when you’re older

One of my favorite things to do these days as an older adult is to travel. My daughter lives in Madrid, and I go there twice a year – once for the end-of-year holidays and again in May to celebrate our birthdays, Spanish Mothers’ Day, and American Mothers’ Day. The... Read more →

Marine coolers are being recalled by Igloo due to entrapment and suffocation hazards

Igloo is recalling about 60,000 marine elite coolers. The cooler’s stainless-steel latch can automatically lock when the lid is closed, allowing a person to become locked inside the airtight container, resulting in entrapment and suffocation hazards. Igloo has received one report of a child who became entrapped in the cooler... Read more →

Jury awards couple $2 billion in lawsuit against Roundup

For the third time in less than a year, a California jury issued a verdict against Bayer-Monsanto, finding that the company’s Roundup weed killer caused cancer in a California couple and awarding them $2.055 billion in damages. The jury in Alameda County Superior Court found on Monday that glyphosate, the... Read more →

FTC halts huge Pointbreak Media robocall scheme

At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court judge ruled against nine defendants and approved six settlement agreements with 11 others ending the massive Pointbreak Media robocall scheme. In May 2018, the FTC charged the Florida-based defendants with operating a telemarketing scam that targeted small business owners with false... Read more →

Tell federal consumer protection agency to support strong action against payday lenders

Photo: Aliman Senai In 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau approved protections against payday debt traps with triple-digit interest rates, requiring lenders to make sure customers have the ability to repay the high-interest rates. But earlier this year, the new CFPB director reversed course. The CFPB plans to roll back... Read more →

States sue 20 generic drug companies and 15 executives for allegedly conspiring to fix prices for more than 100 drugs

A 44-state coalition of attorneys general is suing Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 of the nation's largest generic drug manufacturers alleging a conspiracy to increase prices and reduce competition for more than 100 generic drugs. The lawsuit, filed in federal court, also names 15 individual senior executive defendants, leaders of the... Read more →

Baby boomers collaborate to bring you more great articles

Baby boomer bloggers in our group may live in different areas of the country, but we come together to collaborate on weekly posts to share each other’s work. Jennifer Koshak of Unfold and Begin reports that this week boomer bloggers are writing about: How to plan a cruise. How personal... Read more →

After one fatality, South Shore Furniture chest of drawers recalled due to tip-over hazard

South Shore Furniture is recalling about 310,000 Libra style three-drawer chests in the United States and about 6,900 in Canada. The recalled chests are unstable if they aren’t anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in death or injuries to children. South Shore has... Read more →