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The first, is the state of consumer credit. Households did manage to make some progress in improving their finances in the years after the Great Recession, but the rebound has been uneven and left out a significant chunk of the population. That means many US consumers are financially strapped despite talk of incipient ...
... to what they see as growing consumer interest for information on quality and cost before they decide where to go for a medical test or procedure. Developed by the Michigan Health & hospital Association, VerifyMiCare.org adds to an array of existing websites that offer consumers access to quality data.
Part of its mission is to go after companies that swindle consumers to get people their money back, "so far returning over $12 billion in relief to consumers who were treated illegally by financial companies," Calhoun says. So in that sense, the CFPB is returning far more money to taxpayers than it's costing ...
"About two-thirds of consumers surveyed think that natural on a food package means no pesticides were used," said Charlotte Vallaeys, a senior policy analyst with consumers Union, the advocacy division of consumer Reports. "They're confusing it with organic," which prohibits nearly all pesticides from ...
The Center For Consumer Freedom has filed amici curiae, or friend of the court, briefs with the Supreme Court of the United States supporting 13 states, including North ... "The Supreme Court should strike down these unconstitutional laws that drive up costs and restrict choices for consumers and farmers.".

I had not yet received the March issue, which to my dismay has a front-page headline, "The Health Risks of 'Natural' Medicine". My friend knows I'm an avid supporter of our local naturopathic doctor. The article cautions its members to think twice when considering a naturopath. As a long-time subscriber to ...
Other provisions prohibit businesses from obtaining a consumer's credit report without obtaining written, verbal or electronic consent from the consumer; shorten the waiting period to implement a freeze; allow consumers to request a freeze by phone or electronically; require notice of any breach to be sent ...
To find out how well a vacuum picks up dirt, how much debris it retains, how easy it is to maneuver, and how noisy it is, consumer Reports puts vacuum cleaners through a tough set of tests. We embed talc, sand, and pet hair into carpet before vacuuming. We use the same type of litter on bare floors and ...
Toyota announced it is recalling 21,700 Toyota and Lexus cars in two separate recalls for problems with the fuel line that have the potential to cause a fire. Toyota is recalling roughly 11,800 of its 2018 Camry sedans because it's possible that the fuel pipes and the fuel hoses in the engine compartment ...
The Grand Coulee dam sits on the Columbia River in Washington state. How much will customers pay for its power if Trump gets his way? (MCT). President Trump's 2018 budget proposal is so chock-full of noxious elements -- replacing food stamps with "food boxes," drastically cutting Medicaid and ...
consumer products such as shampoo, cleaning products and paint now contribute as much to urban air pollution as tailpipe emissions from vehicles, according to a new study led by NOAA and including researchers at UC Davis. The results were published on Feb. 16 in the journal science. "What's exciting ...
This is the stock of the Ruger AR-556, an AR-15 type gun made by Sturm Ruger. The stock is one of many customizable components that make AR-style weapons popular. Ruger isn't the only company that manufactures this type of gun, but its corporate discussions with shareholders and analysts provide ...
JACKSON, MI - More than 500 consumers Energy employees decked in blue attire took to the streets of downtown Jackson on Friday, Feb. 16, for the annual Walk for Warmth. The event is a fundraiser for Community Action Agency of Jackson, Hillsdale and Lenewee counties. It usually raises around ...
... effort to defang the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Monday by proposing massive budget cuts to an already underfunded agency and releasing a new mission statement that completely abandons the bureau's previous commitment to protecting consumers from predatory corporations.
There's wide agreement that markets are the best way to minimize consumers' bills. That's been my philosophy as legislator and as utility regulator. But, with evolving technology, new sources of fuel for power generation, state mandates and federal subsidies, what worked for consumers just a few years ...
The University of Michigan's mid-month report on consumer attitudes rose to 99.9 in February, its second-highest level since 2004. Reuters Economists expected the reading to only reach 95.5. The February number marks a 4.4 percent increase from the month-ago figure of 95.7. consumers' expectations ...

consumers, increasingly wary of products that are overly processed or full of manufactured chemicals, are paying premium prices for natural goods, from fruit juices and cereals to shampoos and baby wipes. But as a spate of lawsuits and consumer advocacy efforts show, one person's "natural" is another ...
Newspapers and TV stations around the U.S. have reported that some consumers are having difficulty finding the flu vaccine and prescription antiviral ... remedy like Oscillococcinum, "there's no good research on any of them," says Marvin M. Lipman, M.D., consumer Reports' chief medical adviser. The key ...
It also provides consumers with some advantages over other versions of the operating system. Boot time, performance, and battery life "have a significant impact on how people are satisfied or not satisfied with their PC," says Aaron Woodman, general manager of Windows consumer marketing. And, he ...
Please note that consumer Reports collects fees from both eBay commerce Network and Amazon for referring users. We use 100% of these fees to fund our testing programs. Kimberly Janeway. For years I've covered the increasing water and energy efficiency of washers and what it means to consumers, ...
He said, "This program and their study guide for this competition empowers them to be better consumers here in the state of New Jersey and that's part of what consumer affairs is all about." Michael Mancuso may be reached at mmancuso@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on twitter @michaelmancuso ...
The Republican-authored bill would exempt rent-to-own businesses that lease household items to consumers with additional charges, like interest, from the Wisconsin consumer Act, which regulates industries that deal in credit purchases and debt collection. Among other things, the act requires consumers ...
He added that this is true for electric consumers all across the region, not just Dickson residents. "We recognize that receiving an unusually high bill can be a shock, and we have heard from many customers who are concerned since their behavior hasn't changed but the bill has more than doubled, even ...
The EU's executive arm said Thursday that the firms only partly addressed "issues about their liability and about how users are informed of possible content removal or contract termination." It said changes proposed by Google appear to be in line with demands. Europe's consumer affairs commissioner, ...
In a partnership with consumer Reports, 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney takes a look at a growing car trend. ... And Volvo isn't the only automaker offering consumers this type of deal. ... That's especially true for consumers who like idea of paying off their vehicles, and not having monthly car payments.
The scientists concluded that in the United States, the amount of VOCs emitted by consumer and industrial products is actually two or three times greater than estimated by current air pollution inventories, which also overestimate vehicular sources. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency ...
Courtesy PhotoA consumers Energy smart meter on the property of Harrison resident Chris Delong. He, like many people around Michigan, has seen his home's energy bills from the company increase by approximately three times from December last year to January of this year. By Sean Bradley ...
January's surprising drop in retail sales makes it appear there's a weakening of the consumer, the engine for about two-thirds of the economy. But Economists say the report, and the negative revision to December sales, is likely only temporary. The consumer should get a boost from the impact of tax cuts, ...
A new Interactive Advertising Bureau study finds that companies like Warby Parker, Blue Apron and Casper are not just fads, but are growing in response to an "enduring shift" in the way the consumer economy operates towards personalized, custom brands. Why it matters: Americans are shifting consumption habits to ...
Brands that support sensible public health measures will come out winners, rewarded for understanding that a consumer marketplace that values health and transparency is also good for companies. But those, like GMA, that want to conduct business as usual and ignore what consumers want, will continue ...
In a recent survey of more than 2,600 adults around the world, Research+Data Insights examined how companies can modify their technology strategy to adapt to changing consumer trends. The data suggests that many people see value in the way technology improves their lives, but also worry that ...
"Over the last several weeks, we have taken calls from our customers about high bills, but we note that it's less calls then we've taken historically," said Lauren Youngdahl-Snyder, the VP for Customer Experience at consumers Energy. In an interview Monday with a company spokesman, News Ten was told ...
While a humorous concept, it's a fictional scenario based on a very real, growing trend: Virtual assistants now have names, genders and personalities to make them more relatable and to encourage consumer interaction. This is, in part, why consumers are inviting assistants into their lives in increasing ...
The Equifax data breach exposed more of consumers' personal information than the company first disclosed last year, according to documents given to lawmakers. The credit reporting company announced in September that the personal information of 145.5 million consumers had been compromised in a ...
When major news happens, stay on top of the latest developments, delivered to your inbox. E-mail address. By subscribing, you agree to NPR's terms of use and privacy policy. More Stories From NPR. Asia · Pressure Mounts On South African president Jacob Zuma To Step Down · sports · U.S. soccer Has ...
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Michigan's largest energy company held a public forum on Monday night, Feb. 12 in Grand Rapids. consumers Energy is looking for input as they plan to deliver their plan for the future to state leaders in just a couple months. That plan will have an increased mix of energy ...
"We keep our heat on the same temperature all the time and when we leave our house we always turn it down to 65," she said. consumers Energy has seen an uptick in complaints about higher energy bills this winter compared to last. "Last year we experienced one of the warmest winters on record here in ...
The BBB is a council formed of non-profit consumer advocacy groups in North America with a history that goes back more than 100 years. It provides ratings on more than 5.2 million businesses and 11,000 charities, and plays roles in "dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation.".
Since the CFPB began operations it has returned $11.7 billion to consumers and created rules to protect them. The payday lending industry has felt the pressure. According to the Center for Financial Services, annual payday lending dropped from $9.2 billion in 2012 to $5.3 billion in 2017. A top payday ...
In the work that we do, we notice consumers are having one conversation and farmers are having a completely different one. Oftentimes they involve economics or the same sort of concerns, but most of the time they both are completely different. If a consumer wants a different or better product, they don't ...
The number of people who have had their DNA analyzed with direct-to-consumer genetic genealogy tests more than doubled during 2017 and now exceeds 12 million, according to ... Last week, a well-known Harvard University lab launched a scheme to link consumers' genomes to a new cryptocurrency.
consumers' shopping habits are rapidly shifting, and those changes are making waves for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies. The always-accessible internet in the palms of our hands provided by mobile devices, tablets and other computers drives these changes. consumers increasingly order ...
The Equifax data breach exposed more of consumers' personal information than the company first disclosed last year, according to documents given to lawmakers. The credit ... The company continues to deal with multiple regulatory investigations into the matter as well as hundreds consumer lawsuits.
... regulators were far more focused on the companies' financial health than on their compliance with laws designed to protect consumers. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created to address both of those issues, enforcing existing consumer-protection laws with new vigor and applying them ...
It is simply because the airlines make more money when consumers are confused, deceived and exhausted trying to make sense of it all. The Air Travel Fairness Coalition, a partnership of consumer and business groups and 70,000 travelers across Maine and the U.S., is fighting to bring fairness to the ...
Take Mick Mulvaney, the new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Earlier this week, Reuters reported that Mulvaney "has pulled back from a full-scale probe of how Equifax Inc. failed to protect the personal data of millions of consumers." That last part is actually a charitable ...
"Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose. To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. Companies must benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, ...
A 2015 consumer Reports nationally representative survey of 2,202 insured adults found that over one-third of people who have a problem with a medical bill, such as a claim denial or billing error, don't take action to resolve it. And the vast majority of consumers who have a billing issue never file a ...
The Oklahoma insurance Department (OID) recovered more than $3 million for policyholders in 2017. The money was paid out to Oklahoma consumers who had claim disputes with their insurance company. OID's consumer Assistance/Claims Division, which processes and investigates all complaints ...


 

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