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  • Prepaid wireless carrier settles FTC throttle charges

    Jan. 30, 2015—Federal Trade Commission says TracFone, which is the largest prepaid carrier in the United States, marketed unlimited data plans but certain customers experienced slowdowns of up to 90 percent.

  • FDA approves new vaccine for meningococcal disease

    Jan. 30, 2015—Food and Drug Administration approved a vaccine that helps to prevent a strain of invasive meningococcal disease, which is a life-threatening illness that’s caused by bacteria that can infect the blood (sepsis) and the lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord (meningitis).

  • Weight-loss supplement marketers settle FTC charges

    Jan. 29, 2015—Federal Trade Commission charged that the defendants falsely claimed that the supplement could cause consumers to lose up to 17 pounds and 16 percent of their body fat in 12 weeks without diet or exercise—a claim that supposedly was backed by clinical study.

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