Nov. 17, 2014—Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered mortgage lender Franklin Loan to repay consumers $730,000 for giving illegal bonuses to employees who funneled consumers into loans that had higher interest rates.
Oct. 27, 2014—Toro says the TimeCutter SW Series will be available in January 2015 and the price range will be $2,999–$4,500. The ZTRs are Toro’s first that use a steering wheel rather than handlebars to turn on a dime.
Aug. 18, 2014—The gasoline-powered Jet ($140) pushes air at 650 cubic feet per minute (cfm); none of the Consumers Digest Best Buy selections for leafblowers have an airflow rating that’s higher than 494 cfm.
Dec. 19, 2014—T-Mobile USA will refund consumers at least $90 million to settle claims by Federal Trade Commission that the company billed its customers for unauthorized third-party services, which is called cramming.