Aug. 12, 2014—The first dryers that use heat-pump technology are designed to save a lot of money on your energy bill, but we found that the high price of such dryers means that you’ll have to use it for as long as 19 years to realize any long-term financial savings.
Sept. 15, 2014—A company that generated leads for mortgage companies through online advertisements settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers with misleading ads that claimed that they could refinance their mortgages for free.
Sept. 15, 2014—The co-founder of a marketing operation that promised that consumers who used a health supplement would get “high school skinny” settled charges by Federal Trade Commission that the company deceived consumers with unsubstantiated claims.
Aug. 27, 2014—You no longer can book an American Airlines flight through travel website Orbitz and other websites that Orbitz owns. The carrier said it will remove its fares from the websites immediately and that US Airways will follow suit Sept. 1, 2014.
Aug. 26, 2014—A new report indicates that the use of electronic cigarettes among middle-school and high-school students in 2013 tripled since 2011, and, in a separate report, World Health Organization (WHO) today called for measures that would aim to keep e-cigarettes away from minors.
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.
Sept. 9, 2014—Federal Trade Commission says AbbVie and its partner Besins Healthcare filed baseless patent-infringement lawsuits against potential generic competitors to delay lower-priced versions of AndroGel from entering the market.
Sept. 4, 2014—Google today settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it unfairly billed consumers for millions of dollars in unauthorized charges that were made by children who were using mobile applications that were downloaded from the Google Play app store.