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September 2019

Utility bars are being recalled by DeWALT due to injury hazard

DeWALT is recalling about 145,000 multi-functional utility bars. The utility bar can break while being used for prying, posing an injury hazard to the user. DeWALT has received at least 56 reports of the utility bars breaking, including four reports of injured users. Read more →


What you need to know about loot boxes in computer games

Do you play video games or does someone in your family play them? More than 164 million adults in the United States play video games and three-quarters of all Americans have at least one gamer in their household, according to the Entertainment Software Association. Read more →


Corporations keep breaking the law due to declining federal prosecutions

Corporations keep breaking the law, and the Department of Justice keeps refusing to prosecute them, a report finds. The DOJ’s refusal to bring criminal prosecutions against big banks, big pharma, and other big businesses has led to a failure to deter repeat offenders. Read more →


Match.com used fake ads that tricked consumers into paying for subscriptions, FTC charges

The FTC is suing online dating service Match Group, the owner of Match.com, Tinder, OKCupid, and other dating sites, alleging that the company used fake love interest ads to trick hundreds of thousands of consumers into buying subscriptions on Match.com. Read more →


Bloggers get ready for fall

It’s officially fall and time for leaves to turn golden and the weather to become brisk. Our bloggers writers are settling in and getting ready for pumpkins, spiced lattes, and apple cider. They’re thinking and doing a variety of things and writing about what’s on their minds. Read more →


How the meat industry pressures federal regulators for less inspection, which compromises the safety of the food supply – Part 3

Although the food safety system in the U.S. has improved since my articles were written in 1984, the meat industry has continued to press government regulators to reduce the government role in meat inspection. Read more →


How the meat industry pressures federal regulators for less inspection, which compromises the safety of the food supply – Part 2

Times are changing for meat inspection in America. Traditional methods of checking meat, passed into law 1906 after Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” exposed deplorable conditions in Chicago meat packing plants, look expensive now. Read more →


How the meat industry pressures federal regulators for less inspection, which compromises the safety of the food supply – Part 1

At Washington Beef’s processing plant in Union Gap, Washington, USDA inspection procedures changed in April 1983. Three employees now check the plant for cleanliness, and they carry out some of the inspection work the inspector used to do at the plant. Read more →


CFPB says it will continue to offer consumer complaint database and enhance it

The CFPB announced Wednesday that it will continue to maintain its consumer complaint database while making “enhancements.” The finance industry fought to have the database discontinued, a move that consumer advocates worried the Trump administration would carry out. Read more →