Aug. 3, 2015—That didn’t take long. Less than 2 weeks after federal regulators signed off on the merger of AT&T and DirecTV, AT&T will offer service bundles that include the satellite-TV service.
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July 31, 2015—We’re skeptical when it comes to multibillion-dollar merger deals. Although they might be beneficial to the companies and shareholders, typically consumers get the short end of the stick as a result: less competition, less innovation and higher prices.
July 31, 2015—Stork Craft recalled its foam crib mattresses, because the product fails to meet the mandatory federal mattress flammability standard for open flames.
July 31, 2015—BMW of North America recalled certain 2014–2015 MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Hardtop vehicles and 2015 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop vehicles. The affected vehicles don’t meet the side-impact performance requirements for the rear-seat passengers. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with safety standards.
July 31, 2015—Hercules Tire & Rubber recalled All Trac A/T tires in sizes 235/70R16 106T, 235/75R15 109T XL, 245/70R16 107T, 255/70R16 111T, 265/70R16 112T, 265/75R16 116T and 275/70R16 114T. The affected tires might have a tread that separates.
July 29, 2015—Nearly a year after it was announced, Microsoft’s latest computer operating system, Windows 10, is available for free … to some consumers.
July 29, 2015—Kyber Outwear recalled its children’s animal-themed sweater, because the product’s drawstrings pose a strangulation hazard to children.
July 29, 2015—Toyota Motor recalled 2012–2014 Prius V vehicles that were manufactured from Aug. 22, 2011, through June 30, 2014. A component in the hybrid inverter assembly might overheat, which could cause the hybrid system to reduce power and allow the vehicle to drive only a short distance.
July 29, 2015—Honda Motor recalled certain 2013–2016 motorcycles, because sealant might have been applied incorrectly to the starter relay switch, and as a result, the electrical system might lose power.
July 28, 2015—Food and Drug Administration approved a medication to treat patients who have locally advanced basal cell carcinoma that has recurred after surgery or radiation therapy or who aren’t candidates for surgery or radiation therapy.
July 27, 2015—FCA U.S. (Fiat Chrysler) faces a $105 million penalty, in addition to other sanctions, as a result of problems that pertain to the recalls of defective automobiles.
July 27, 2015—UPPAbaby recalled two strollers and a seat attachment, because the products’ bumper bar can pose a choking hazard if a child bites it and removes a piece of the foam covering.
July 27, 2015—Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled 2012–2014 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 trucks that were manufactured from Jan. 18, 2011, through Oct. 7, 2014, and have an electronic vehicle-information center.
July 24, 2015—Federal Communications Commission signed off on the $48.5 billion merger between AT&T and DirecTV, which makes AT&T the largest pay-TV provider in the United States.
July 24, 2015—Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined Discover Bank and its affiliates $18.5 million for illegal student-loan servicing practices. Of that amount, $16 million will go to consumer redress.
July 24, 2015—Food and Drug Administration wants to draw more attention to sugar that’s added to food.
In February 2015, Federal Communications Commission approved the policy that’s known as net neutrality by a 3-2 vote. So, who were the two opponents?
July 24, 2015—FCA U.S. recalled certain 2013–2015 vehicles that are equipped with certain radios to update software which might be susceptible to remote manipulation.
July 23, 2015—The Natural Dog Company recalled its Tremenda Sticks pet chews, because the product might be contaminated with salmonella.
July 22, 2015—Citibank will pay a total of $770 million, including $700 million in consumer redress, to settle charges that pertain to the bank company’s credit-card add-on products and services.
July 21, 2015—Barrel O’ Fun Snack Foods recalled Vic’s Original White Popcorn, because the product was filled with white cheddar popcorn and might contain milk, which isn’t listed on the ingredient label. Consumers who are allergic to milk might have a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction when they consume this product.
July 21, 2015—Bexco recalled DaVinci cribs, because a metal bracket that connects the mattress support to the crib can break, which would create an uneven sleeping surface or a gap. If this occurs, a child can become entrapped in the crib, fall or suffer lacerations from the broken metal bracket.
July 17, 2015—Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of the first prosthesis that’s marketed to U.S. adults who have an amputation that’s above the knee and who can’t use a conventional socket prosthesis.
July 16, 2015—We’re aware that automobile finance companies discriminate against minorities when it comes to making loans. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Department of Justice smacked another big player for doing just that.
July 15, 2015—Apple gave its top-of-the-line personal media player a long-overdue freshening.