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UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 8:02 a.m.

Internet user protection bills face tough road in Washington Legislature

Lawmakers’ efforts to enact state restrictions against the sale of information about residents’ internet use faces two major hurdles – time running out in the legislative session and a full-court …


Numbers refute Trump’s claim businesses can’t borrow because of Dodd-Frank

President Trump was preparing the first step in a key campaign promise – dismantling the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act – when he repeated a frequent …


New office could offer free legal help to military, vets in Washington

Military members would get more access to legal help and stronger consumer protection under a pair of proposals the Legislature is considering.


VW to pay Washington $26 million for deceptive marketing of cars

VW to pay Washington, other states for deceptive marketing of “clean diesel” vehicles.


UPDATED: Tue., May 24, 2016, 2:21 p.m.

Washington, California sue over pelvic mesh implants

Washington state is suing Johnson & Johnson, saying that for more than a decade the company misrepresented the risks of vaginal mesh implants it sold.


Erin Andrews’ verdict will reverberate for hotels and guests

The $55 million jury verdict over nude videos of sportscaster Erin Andrews taken through a hotel peephole will likely reverberate a long time for hotels and their guests, whether she …


BBB Tip of the Week: Targeting college students

BBB: Scammers are targeting college students


State AG reaches $1 million settlement in language CD scheme

Atencion, attenzione and achtung: Washington residents who bought what seemed to be cheap CDs to learn a foreign language, only to be trapped in an expensive Internet marketing scam, can …


New Washington law targets misleading floral companies

OLYMPIA – A rose is rose is a rose, but an online florist isn’t local just because it has a local phone number on its website. Under a law signed …


IRS phone scam hits Idaho, Northwest

BOISE – A scam in which an aggressive caller masquerades as an IRS agent demanding immediate payment has spread into Idaho and the Northwest. Officials want folks to just hang …


BBB expanding complaint info

Starting Jan. 1, the Spokane-area Better Business Bureau will publish full consumer complaints against companies in the region instead of the short descriptions it has used. A number of other …


GOP blocks Obama nominee to head financial agency

Senate Republicans today blocked President Barack Obama’s choice to head the new consumer protection agency that was designed to help curtail the excesses and abuses that led to the financial …


Endangered Spokane department down to one employee

Steve Parker squeezes the handle on the gas pump for a final jolt to hit 5 gallons. The station’s pump records 5 gallons. If he were a normal customer, he …


It’s easier to blame others than accept responsibility

The letter started as follows: “I want to file a complaint against (blank) Bar. Here is what they did to me. I was there last weekend and they served me …


McKenna seeks tougher laws

OLYMPIA – Longer sentences for serial abusers. More protection for homeowners facing foreclosure. Strengthening the state’s “lemon law.” When state lawmakers launch the 2009 legislative session in Olympia next week, …


Kia, Suzuki dealerships settle suit

The Washington state attorney general’s office has settled with a company that operates Spokane Kia and Spokane Suzuki in response to an investigation into a customer’s complaint that she was …


Marketplace Losers Take Alternate Route Not Monopolistic Capable Nonproprietary, Lower-Cost Or Free Products Win Out.

Your tax dollars at work: Prodded by competitors of Microsoft Corp., political demagogues and busybody government lawyers are yapping like a pack of bloodhounds, hot on the trail of a …


Deleting Ms Gouge Blackmail Tactics Pc Vendors Offering A Competing Browser Had To Pay More For Windows.

It’s an American dream come true if there ever was one. Smart kid just out of college with more ideas than money starts up a software company in a garage. …


Fund-Raisers To Pay Fine, Settle Dispute While Raising Money For Firefighters, Group Misled Contributors, Harassed Non-Donors, State Says

A fund-raising company representing the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters has agreed to pay the state $55,000 for giving false information to contributors and harassing people who chose not …


Atm Number Theft Flourishing Stolen Plastic Losses Reach $475 Million A Year

Banking experts anticipating this Christmas shopping season predicted that more of us would be using ATM cards as the buying kicks into high gear. Bank fraud experts say thieves count …


Bad Ad Awards Eggs, Cigarettes, Sprint Win For Misleading Campaigns

Gleaming awards were announced for major U.S. corporations in an Academy Awards-style ceremony Thursday but the recipients said they were undeserving and wouldn’t accept. The awards, bronze figures each holding …


Beef-Loving Britons Stock Up For Holidays Prospect Of Ban Sparks Sales, Not Fears Of Mad Cow Disease

Farmers watch livestock sales at the cattle market in Murton, near York, England, on Thursday. Photo by Associated Press


Danger Still Lurks On Toy Shelves 18 Items Are Cited By Watchdog Group

Deaths from toy hazards have declined, but holiday shoppers may still find dangerous toys on store shelves, according to a study Tuesday by a private watchdog group. The U.S. Public …


Complaints About Auto Sales Head List In Consumer Survey

Complaints about auto sales, home improvements and car repairs top the list of consumer fraud in a new survey, but charges involving the Internet are among the fastest growing. The …


Hearings Question 401(K) Fees Labor Secretary Warns About Drain On Retirement Payoff

Labor Department officials warned Wednesday that excessive fees could be draining anticipated retirement income from the 401(k) accounts of American workers. “There have been reports that employers and employees may …


Government Issues Warning On Herbal Weight-Loss Cocktails

Two months after it forced the popular diet drug combination known as fen-phen off the market, the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued a consumer warning about the possible …


Attorneys Warn About Con Artists

Buyer beware - even of friends and family. Two attorneys from the State Department of Financial Institutions came to Spokane Thursday to warn senior citizens about the poor investments, scams …


Seniors Warned About Swindlers Elderly Constitute Half Of The People Conned Out Of $40 Billion Each Year

Becoming the victim of a violent crime tops the list of fears for the vast majority of older men and women. In reality, they are much more likely to become …


Greenpeace Warns Of Lead Levels In Toys Environmental Group Says Some Vinyl Products Pose Risks

Some vinyl toys and products for youngsters contain levels of lead and cadmium that could pose health risks, the environmental group Greenpeace said Thursday. Greenpeace said its laboratory tests found …


Office Supply Chain To Change Advertising

The Staples office supply chain has agreed to change its advertising after attorneys general in 13 states, including Washington, complained the company’s promise of “0 percent financing” was misleading. Staples …