Category Archives: Consumer News

New federal law prohibits contracts that ban consumers from writing a negative review

A new federal law signed this past December will protect a consumer’s right to complain online and a write a negative review on a company.

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Texas AG: 39,000 Texans eligible for restitution in Western Union settlement

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Tuesday that 39,000 Texans would be eligible for refunds after a $5 million settlement was reached with Western Union. The settlement stemmed from an investigation into complaints filed by customers who used the … Continue reading

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DeVry agrees to pay $100 million to settle FTC charges

DeVry University and its parent company has agreed to a $100 million settlement after a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit alleged they misled prospective students with advertisements that touted high employment success rates and income levels upon graduating.

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Federal judge finds Amazon liable after charging parents for in-app purchases made by their children

A federal judge has found Amazon unfairly billed parents for in-app purchases made by their children in a lawsuit first filed by the Federal Trade Commission back in July of 2014. According to the FTC, the judge found that Amazon … Continue reading

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FTC stop five companies from labeling products as “all natural”

When consumers read “all natural” they are lead to believe the product contains nothing synthetic. However, according to the Federal Trade Commission, five companies did just that in labeling their products as “100% natural” when it was anything but. The … Continue reading

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What is a scam & how do I spot one?

What is a scam? We’ve all heard someone say they have been scammed or believed someone was trying to scam them. But what does that mean? A scam is defined as a dishonest scheme or fraud. Essentially, someone trying to … Continue reading

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Saving for retirement

Editor’s note: Feb. 22-28 is Military Saves week and your BBB serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and Permian Basin will have daily posts highlighting ways to save money. While these tips are written with military members and their families in … Continue reading

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FTC looking to block Staples and Office Depot merger

The Federal Trade Commission is challenging a proposed merger between Staples and Office Depot. The government agency filed an administrative complaint on Monday that opposed Staples acquiring Office Depot for a proposed $6.3 billion. It’s a move they believe would violate … Continue reading

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Secret Sister Gift Exchange: It’s illegal

With Christmas only a month away, many people are getting into the holiday spirit – including those on social media. Many online users are posting about a Secret Sister Gift Exchange. The idea is to mail a gift worth $10 … Continue reading

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Mother & son scam team fined $2.1 million for tricking Spanish-speakers with fake medical discount cards

A mother and son scam team is settling with the Federal Trade Commission after they allegedly tricked Spanish-speakers into buying fake medical discount cards. According to the FTC, Constanza Gomez Vargas, Walter S. Vargas and their company United Solutions Group … Continue reading

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