Minnesota Charges Capital One Ads Are Misleading State charges Cap One falsely claims its "low," "fixed" interest rates will never increase.
Time Warner Cable Plans Cell Phone Service Cable giant wants to be first to offer Big Four -- local phone, cable, Internet and wireless.
R.J. Reynolds To Cut Ads Aimed at California Teens Cigarette maker will also pay $20 million.
Who's Watching the Food Safety Watchdogs? Consumer group starts food safety campaign.
Study Finds Convenience Drives Online Banking Consumers value convenience and time savings, researchers report.
Beware of Payday Loans Barrage of post-holiday ads aimed at cash-short consumers.
Illinois Charges Storm Chaser with Home Repair Fraud Company collected more than $225,000 for repairs that were never completed.
After-Christmas Return Policies Get Stricter Some retailers getting touch on "serial returners," other tightening rules, shortening time allowed.
Florida, Tennessee Sue Friedman's Jewelers 19 states conducting investigations into alleged deceptive insurance sales.
Report: Importing Drugs Wouldn't Save Money Federal panel finds little economic benefit in reimporting drugs but many consumer groups disagree.
Massachusetts Curbs Online Alcohol Sales State vows to shut down online alcohol sales to minors.
California Files Major Securities Fraud Lawsuit Against Edward Jones Documents detail how secret mutual fund payments conflicted with investors' interests.
Free Money? Don't Think So New York Consumer Protection Board finds government grant scams victimizing thousands.
Aleve Ingredient Seen as Health Risk Naproxen the latest to be linked to heart attacks and strokes.
Can Pfizer Prevent Celebrex Ban? Pfizer could find itself in straits as dire as those Merck now navigates.
Spitzer: Drop That Gun New York charges toy distributors with selling toy guns that too closely resemble the real thing.
Pfizer Finds Health Risk With Celebrex Two long-term cancer trials call safety of Celebrex into question.
Salvation Army Receives Matching Pledge from Wal-Mart Wal-Mart's $1 Million grant helps make up for losses from Target's banishing the red kettles.
California Slays Energy Vampires New regulations limit how much electricity devices can draw when not in use.
Settlement Reached in NY Pay Phone Scam Seniors tricked into "investing" in pay phone leasing scam will get settlements of up to $20,000.
Sprint and Nextel Make It Official Boards of both companies approve merger. New entity will be third largest wireless carrier.
Blockbuster Eliminates Late Fees Instead, it will charge customers the purchase price of the movie, minus the rental fee.
Cell Phone Sales Calls Not a Threat (Yet) Despite an e-mail making the rounds of the Internet, telemarketing calls to wireless phones are illegal and no national directory of cell phone numbers yet exists.
Continental To Begin Direct Flights To Africa Newark-Lagos, Nigeria service to begin next year.
Court Rules Against General Steel In Consumer Fraud Case Colorado charged company deceived consumers nationwide in its sale of steel buildings.
Sprint, Nextel Merger May Be Next Companies won't confirm it but merger talks reportedly underway.
Medicare Help Line Falls Short, GAO Finds Provided accurate answers only 61 percent of the time.
Expedia Adds Consumer Review Features Travelers invited to review hotels, destinations.
Iowa Gas Station Owner Caught In Shell Game Davenport station put regular in all three pumps.
Texas Ices Tax Freeze Scam Aimed At Seniors Promoters were selling free information about homestead exemption to seniors.
Suit Hits Sears Made In USA Claim Class action suit says Craftsman tool parts come from many nations.
Lenovo Buys IBM PC Business Looking for IBM? It's Been Moved.
PA Charges Online University with Fraud Pennsylvania investigators purchased an MBA for their cat from Trinity Southern University.
Home Depot, Lowe's Settle Credit Card Suit Retailers applied customer payments to interest-free items first, letting other purchasers rack up interest charges.
ESPN Suits Up for Cell Service Sports channel will offer cell phone service with easy access to sports scores.
Supreme Court Weakens Consumer Protection in Car Financing Court rules that $1,000 is the maximum allowable penalty for Truth in Lending Act violations by car dealers.
Wal-Mart Agrees To Tobacco Sales Reforms Safeguards designed to keep minors from purchasing cigarettes.
Travel Industry Courting Four-Legged Tourists Airlines, hotels increasingly welcome small pets. Some even offer frequent-travel points.
Feds Weigh In Against Thermalean Promoters FTC charges promoters of weight-loss nostrum and Lipodrene, a supposed erectile dysfunction remedy.
FDA Opens Baycol Probe Agency feeling the heat after Vioxx withdrawal.
Study: Nursing Home Residents Dying Of Hunger, Thirst Federal records indicate malnutrition and dehydration killed at least 13,890 nursing home residents between 1999 and 2002.
FDA Clears New MS Treatment Tysabri is given intravenously once a month in a physician's office.
Missouri Sues Water "Purification" Company Hague Quality Water falsely promised its treatment system would improve health and save water, state charges.
Risk of Cell Phone Explosions Growing Counterfeit batteries and miniaturization increase risks to users, safety agency warns.
Feds Raid Ephedra Warehouse FDA charges VITERA-XT contains ephedra, makes unsubstantiated health claims and is an adulterated food.
Travel Promoters Scammed Seniors, Illinois Charges Promoters took Midwest seniors for a ride, attorney general charges.
Texas Charges Mortgage Company with Fraud City Mortgage told Latino homeowners it would reduce their mortgage payments.
A Round Plate Deserves A Round Towel Chicago man patents round paper towels for use in microwave cooking.
A Future Without Nursing Homes Baby boomers' last public act may be to replace nursing homes with small group-living arrangements, expert predicts.
Studies Allege Bayer Was Too Slow Withdrawing Baycol Risk of harm was much higher than originally thought, researchers say.
Cashback Payday Loans Banned In New York Company charges excessive interest rates, state charges.
Sprint Named in Fat Fingers Suit Class action says Sprint deceived consumers by setting up numbers one digit off from its competitors.
Unum Provident Agrees to Review Denied Disability Claims Cost of New York settlement estimated at $100 million.
California Insurance Corruption Probe Advances Universal Life signs consent decree, agrees to cooperate with prosecutors.
FDA Vet Blows Whistle on "Broken" Agency Warns that, besides Vioxx, other popular drugs pose health dangers.
Dynacraft Fined $1.4 Million for Failing to Report Mountain Bike Hazard Despite knowing of accidents and injuries, firm delayed reporting problems, product safety commission charged.
Feds Toughen Warning for Depo-Provero Contraceptive drug may cause bone density loss in long-term use.
Petco Settles Federal Charges Security flaws in Web site violated privacy promises Petco made to its customers and violated federal law.
Kmart Buys Sears Combined company hopes to compete more effectively against Wal-Mart, Home Depot.
PBHG Agrees to Refund $120 Million to Investors New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer charged firm's founders illegally engaged in market "timing."
California Settles with Franklin Templeton Mutual funds did not disclose payments to brokers.
Florida Subpoenas Insurers The subpoenas seek documents and records that involve questionable fee arrangements and possible bid-rigging.
States Challenge Mall Gift Cards Massachusetts, Connecticut sue Simon Mall Group.
Feds Allege Debt Negotiation Service Is a Scam Better Budget Financial Services fails to help clients clear up bills; keeps their money instead.
Illinois Embargoes Lead-Tainted "Mexico" Mars Candy Giant candymaker's products contain twice the allowable levels of lead.
Devilish Viagra Ads Pulled FDA sharply criticizes "Wild Thing" commercials.
Cross Country Bank Fined $450,000 Pennsylvania orders company to make restitution to consumers who paid exorbitant fees for credit cards.
AOL Abandons Broadband Existing customers will revert to dial-up if they don't find another provider.
Bextra Doubles Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke, Study Finds High-risk patients are "canaries in a cage," researcher warns.
Florida Sues Consumer Grants USA Tricked consumers into paying hundreds of dollars for information about grants they did not receive, suit charges.
Feds Target Bogus Weight Loss Claims FTC charges six firms with making unsubstianted claims.
Illinois Sues Diet Patch Promoters "Magic" weight loss claims are false, state charges.
Iowa Sues American Deputy Sheriffs Association Fund-raising practices are deceptive and very little money actually goes to law enforcement, suit charges.
Staples Offers Electronic Rebate Redemption New system is coordinated with stores' returns database.
Merck Faces Criminal Probe in Vioxx Case Pfizer may add "black box" warning to Bextra.
Law Firm Fined for Debt Collection Practices The action is part of a Massachusetts crackdown on debt collectors.
Petition Calls for Tire Dating At least 27 deaths attributed to "aged" tires.
Shill Bidding Exposed in E-Bay Auctions New York investigation finds accomplices bid up auction items, soaking buyers.
FDA Estimates Vioxx Caused 27,785 Deaths Estimate based on number of prescriptions filled before drug was withdrawn.
Feds Sue Bogus Fuel Saver FTC charges FuelMAX and SuperFuelMAX do nothing to save gas.
Pennsylvania Sues Living Trust Scheme Older Pennsylvanians deceived into buying Revocable Living Trusts, long term annuities or charitable gift annuities that were costly, not in their best interest or unnecessary, suit charges.
Actra-RX May Be Dangerous, FDA Warns Contains same active ingredient as Viagra.
Government Grant Scam Steams On No end to sight to the "free money from the government" scam.
Report Warns of BB Gun Dangers Risk of serious injury to children much higher than parents realize, study finds.
FDA Allows Health Claim for Olive Oil Latest component of Mediterranean diet to get feds' blessing.
Pharmacy Benefit Managers Scrutinized Do PBMs put profits before patient health and safety?
Houston Hospital Settles Malpractice Suit Patient, 23, died after being given drug against doctor's orders.
Electronic Stability Control A Lifesaver, Study Finds Widespread use could save 7,000 lives per year, insurance study predicts.
Subaru Outback Tops Crash Tests, Rollover Ratings Ford Focus and Ranger bottom out.
Work-At-Home Scheme Sued Illinois charges Hill Associates "jobs" don't exist.
GE: Malpractice Caps Don't Work GE makes admission in a filing for a 19% rate increase six months after Texas enacted caps on medical malpractice awards.
ATA Files for Bankruptcy First major low-cost carrier to seek bankruptcy protection, it sells some assets to AirTran.
Cingular-AT&T Wireless Merger Approved Cingular becomes nation's biggest carrier.
NetZero-Juno Parent Buys Classmates $100 million buys database of 38 million.
Airbag Fraud Endangers Motorists Accident repairs often include phony airbags.
Balance Bracelet Settles Lawsuits Company will pay $400,000 and agree to stop making unproven pain-relief claims.
Florida Sues 12 Leasing Companies In NorVergence Case Small businesses signed leases for thousands of dollars for phone service that never materialized.
Privacy Issues in Google Desktop? New search tool could expose users' private information if they use shared computers, observers fret.
Enough Vaccine, Medicine, Thompson Says Additional vaccine coming in January and ample stores of antiviral medicine, according to HHS chief.