Consumer affairs

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018, file photo, Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Makan Delrahim leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. Delrahim suggested Tuesday, June 11, 2019, he'll take a broad view of how competition is harmed when assessing whether big tech firms should be broken up. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
June 11, 2019 - 9:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department's antitrust chief suggested Tuesday he'll take a broad view of how competition is harmed when assessing whether big tech firms should be broken up. Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim also was clear in a speech in Israel that he is well aware that...
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June 11, 2019 - 12:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on T-Mobile-Sprint lawsuit (all times local): 12:25 p.m. A group of 10 state attorneys general led by New York and California are filing a lawsuit to block T-Mobile's $26.5 billion bid for Sprint, citing consumer harm. The state AGs say the merger would hurt competition...
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FILE - This Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, shows a call log displayed via an AT&T app on a cellphone in Orlando, Fla. New tools are coming to help fight robocall scams, but don’t expect unwanted calls to disappear. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
June 06, 2019 - 2:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators voted Thursday to give phone companies the right to block unwanted calls without getting customers' permission first. The Federal Communications Commission's move could make call-blocking widespread and help consumers dodge annoying robocalls, which have exploded...
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FILE - This Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, shows a call log displayed via an AT&T app on a cellphone in Orlando, Fla. New tools are coming to help fight robocall scams, but don’t expect unwanted calls to disappear. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
June 06, 2019 - 11:16 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on fighting robocalls (all times local): 11:15 a.m. Federal regulators are giving phone companies the right to block unwanted calls without getting customers' permission first. Thursday's vote by the Federal Communications Commission could make call-blocking widespread...
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FILE - In this May 4, 2018, file photo a man talks on the phone in a hallway adorned with the palm tree-printed wallpaper at a hotel near the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. U.S. regulators are proposing new measures intended to thwart billions of annoying robocalls received by Americans each year. The rising volume of unwanted calls in the last few years has created pressure on Congress, regulators and phone companies to do something to act. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
May 15, 2019 - 1:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New measures by U.S. regulators could help thwart some of the billions of robocalls received in the U.S. The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday that it will vote in June on whether to let wireless carriers block spam calls by default, which should mean that more spam...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a event on medical billing, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 09, 2019 - 3:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday called for an end to "surprise medical bills," the astonishingly high charges insured patients can face when a member of a medical team that treats them is not in their insurer's network. "Not a pleasant surprise," Trump said of bills that arrive...
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Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons testifies during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, regarding consumer protection on data privacy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 08, 2019 - 1:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal privacy regulators got a sympathetic hearing from Congress on Wednesday for their request for greater powers and funding to police privacy, as lawmakers warned that fines against big companies may be inadequate to change their conduct. The Federal Trade Commission is...
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FILE - This Jan. 28, 2015, file photo, shows the Federal Trade Commission building in Washington. Federal privacy regulators are under scrutiny in Congress as they negotiate a record fine with Facebook to punish the company for alleged violations of its users' privacy. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
May 08, 2019 - 12:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional hearing on privacy agency (all times local): 12:20 p.m. Federal privacy regulators are getting a sympathetic hearing from Congress for their request for greater powers and funding to police privacy. Lawmakers from both parties are warning that fines...
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May 07, 2019 - 5:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Debt collectors will be able to start contacting borrowers via text and email under new regulations proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The rules released Tuesday are an update to debt collection regulations enacted in the 1970s, which never took into account...
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FILE- This Feb. 19, 2019, file photo, shows the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla. Nearly three dozen men and women have filed a federal class-action lawsuit accusing Florida authorities of unlawfully videotaping them as they received legal massages at a parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly paid for sex. The lawsuit by 31 John and Jane Does alleges that Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, the Jupiter Police Department and the case's lead detective violated their rights to privacy when they were videotaped in January receiving massages at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa. The lawsuit was originally filed Friday, April 19, 2019, with 17 accusers. (Hannah Morse/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)
April 22, 2019 - 4:29 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Nearly three dozen men and women have filed a federal class-action lawsuit accusing Florida authorities of unlawfully videotaping them as they received legal massages at a parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly paid for sex. The...
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