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August 2023

What to do when your home owners insurance is canceled or jumps in cost

Storms across the country brought on by climate change are causing havoc. You may have received a notice from your insurer dropping your home insurance policy. Or, surges in the cost of your coverage can put a strain on your budget especially with inflation. This is stressful as not having the right insurance can make your home difficult to sell. Read more →

Roomster settles with FTC and six states for $1.6 million for tricking renters with fake reviews and unverified listings

When searching for a place to live and roommates, it’s important to get accurate information. And reviews from platforms that can help you in your search need to be honest and trustworthy. But according to the FTC and six states suing Roomster and its owners, the room and roommate finder platform posted reviews and other information that wasn’t accurate. Read more →

DOT fines American Airlines a record $4.1 million for tarmac delays

Do you know your rights on tarmac delays? American Airlines will pay $4.1 million for violating federal laws prohibiting tarmac delays of three hours or more on domestic flights without providing passengers an opportunity to deplane, DOT said Monday. DOT’s investigation found that American kept dozens of flights stuck on the tarmac for long periods of time. Read more →

A Ubio Labs power bank that caught fire on an airplane is recalled by Costco

Remember to check recalls frequently so you can find out about harmful products like this one. Costco is recalling about 350,000 Ubio Labs power banks. It has received three reports of fires, including one on a commercial flight resulting in four reports of smoke inhalation and one report of a minor burn to passengers. Read more →

Watch out for changes that could cost money as retailers are redoing their rewards programs

When you go to retailers and ask if you have any rewards money to apply to your purchase, you’re told you need to go their website to sign up for their rewards program again there. It happened at Office Depot and Rite Aid, companies where I’ve been in the rewards program for years. At Office Depot, I asked the staff to help me sign up for the new program. Read more →

Today is the deadline to file a claim in the Facebook privacy lawsuit settlement

Time is running out if you want to get in on a big Facebook settlement. If you were a Facebook user in the United States between May 24, 2007, and December 22, 2022, you may be eligible for a cash payment from a class action settlement of $725 million. Today, Aug. 25, is the deadline to file a claim. Read more →

What to buy and not buy in September

Unfortunately, September marks the end of summer, which is so sad. Many people, like me, aren’t fans of winter. However, in relation to sales, September is a good time to shop for deals, the Labor Day sales being one reason. Here are recommendations on the September sales from Summer clothing – Deep discounts are expected. Read more →

Consumers don’t understand arbitration clauses in agreements and contracts that limit their right to go to court when they have a dispute, study shows

Most Americans don’t know how often they’re stripped of their rights through widely-used arbitration clauses are found in the fine print of click-through agreements, terms and conditions, and other contracts, a new study says. Arbitration requires consumers with complaints to settle issues through arbitration rather than filing a lawsuit. Read more →

Asked to pay for help with your student loans? Don’t do it.

If someone tells you that you need to pay to sign up for government student loan debt relief program, run away as fast as you can. Scammers want to hook you and fill their pockets with your money, while their “advice” may make your student loan problems worse. The FTC offers the following tips for how to spot scam companies: Read more →

More than 1.5 million dehumidifiers are being recalled due to fire and burn risks

Here's another recall for these dehumidifiers have seen other models recalled throughout the years. Gree Electric Appliances is recalling about 1.56 million dehumidifiers. The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, and catch fire, posing fire and burn risks to consumers. Gree has received reports of at least 23 fires, and 688 incidents of overheating. Read more →