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March 2022

FTC asks court to stop Intuit’s ads claiming TurboTax filing is free

Intuit Inc., the maker of the TurboTax tax filing software, is being charged with deceiving consumers with bogus advertisements pitching “free” tax filing that millions of consumers can’t use. The FTC also filed a federal district court lawsuit asking a court to order Intuit to halt its deceptive advertising immediately. Read more →

Student loan company lied about student loan forgiveness, CFPB says

Edfinancial Services, a student-loan servicer, is being sanctioned for making deceptive statements to student loan borrowers and misrepresenting the forgiveness and repayment options to them. Edfinancial deceived borrowers with Federal Family Education Loan Program or FFELP loans about their eligibility. Read more →

Academy Awards nominations for 2021 movies often violent, unimaginative with some very dark themes

Although there are some brilliant moments in the 2021 Oscar nominated movies, recurring reliance on violence and coming of age stories about males dominate the offerings. And last year’s movies have a new dark element, the psychological thriller, a slow moving movie that suddenly has a twist at the end. Read more →

Credit bureaus to remove most medical debt from credit reports

Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, the three major credit bureaus, are changing how they’ll treat the reporting of medical debt. Nearly 70 percent of it in collections will be removed from credit reports. Paid medical debt will be erased and any new medical debt won’t be included in credit reports for a year. Read more →

Crypto investors need to pay taxes on virtual investments

Consumers need to accurately declare and pay taxes on their virtual investments. Failure to properly declare and pay taxes on cryptocurrency transactions may be a civil or criminal violation of federal tax law, as well as a violation of state tax law, which could result in steep financial liabilities Read more →

Amazon, eBay, and other online retailers are selling skin creams with dangerous levels of mercury, study shows

Almost half of skin lightening creams tested contained dangerously high levels of mercury but continue to be sold by online retailers such as Amazon, eBay, and Flipkart, according to a report from the Zero Mercury Working Group, an international coalition. Read more →

Lock up poisons to celebrate the 60th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week

Protect your kids, teens, and elders from poisonings by locking up potentially harmful household products and medications. Nearly nine out of 10 unintentional poisonings occur in the home. Thirty-one children under the age of five die in the U.S. each year from consumer products found in the home Read more →