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December 19, 2000 | CAROLINE E. MAYER, THE WASHINGTON POST
Kara, 11, had a problem with last year's ad for the Stuart Little Roadster. The TV commercial for the remote-controlled car showed it zipping all around a store. "The ad made me think it could do special tricks, but it can't," Kara said. With comments like that, the ad flunked the truth-in-advertising test sponsored by Zillions, a Web site (http://www.zillions.org) that helps kids learn how to use their money wisely.
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BUSINESS
November 11, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, won the dismissal Wednesday of a lawsuit filed by Sharper Image Corp. that claimed product reviews contained misleading and false statements about the Ionic Breeze Quadra air purifier. U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney in San Francisco granted Consumers Union's motion to dismiss Sharper Image's suit as an attempt to chill free speech in connection with a public issue.
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BUSINESS
June 21, 2001 | TERRIL YUE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For only the third time, Consumer Reports magazine has rated a vehicle "not acceptable": Mitsubishi Motors' Montero Limited sport-utility vehicle, which the magazine says has a high likelihood of rolling over during sharp turns. The Montero Limited tips dangerously in emergency accident avoidance maneuvers in which drivers swerve to avoid something in their path, and it should be recalled, the magazine said Wednesday.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2004 | James F. Peltz, Times Staff Writer
An eight-year legal battle between Suzuki Motor Corp. and Consumer Reports magazine over a review that said the Suzuki Samurai sport utility vehicle easily tipped ended Thursday when both sides agreed to settle out of court. Suzuki had sued Consumers Union, which publishes the widely respected product-rating magazine, alleging that Consumer Reports had rigged driving tests in 1988 of the Japanese automaker's Samurai.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1993 | PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The same people who bring you Consumer Reports, long respected for the ability to rate televisions and toasters, have turned to comparing communities. Their findings, based on research in low-income and middle-income neighborhoods of Los Angeles and Oakland: The poor suffer from poorer shopping, housing, health and banking services. "It's not just that poor consumers don't have much money," said Judith Bell, co-director of the Consumers Union's West Coast regional office.
BUSINESS
January 26, 1999 | From Associated Press
Many insurers push "shoddy" and even dangerous knockoff replacement parts on car owners after a crash, Consumer Reports magazine found in a study issued Monday. The study, in the magazine's February issue, found replacement bumpers that crumpled with little resistance, poorly fitting fenders that tend to rust, and hoods with faulty latches that allow them to open at high speeds.
BUSINESS
June 3, 1988 | JAMES RISEN, Times Staff Writer
The Suzuki Samurai, one of the hottest products on the American car market over the past three years, was hit with a devastating public relations blow Thursday from the publishers of Consumer Reports magazine.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2004 | James F. Peltz, Times Staff Writer
An eight-year legal battle between Suzuki Motor Corp. and Consumer Reports magazine over a review that said the Suzuki Samurai sport utility vehicle easily tipped ended Thursday when both sides agreed to settle out of court. Suzuki had sued Consumers Union, which publishes the widely respected product-rating magazine, alleging that Consumer Reports had rigged driving tests in 1988 of the Japanese automaker's Samurai.
BUSINESS
August 30, 1999 | JONATHAN GAW
Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports and Consumer Reports Online, will use the ratings from Marina del Rey-based BizRate.com as part of an upcoming evaluation of Internet retailers due out in October, the companies plan to announce today.
BUSINESS
August 11, 1998 | Associated Press
WorldCom Inc. should not be allowed to merge with MCI Communications Corp. unless federal regulators receive assurances that the new company will serve residential telephone customers, the Consumers Union said in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission. FCC clearance is the last major regulatory hurdle to the completion of the $37-billion takeover, one of the U.S.' biggest mergers.
BUSINESS
September 10, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Sharper Image Corp. filed a lawsuit against Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, claiming an article in the October issue contains misleading and false statements about the Ionic Breeze Quadra air purifier. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the Yonkers, N.Y.-based nonprofit product-testing organization. Consumers Union hasn't seen a copy of the lawsuit yet, a spokesman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2003 | Kenneth Reich, Times Staff Writer
Harry Snyder may be retired, but he's not mellowed. Snyder, 65, recently stepped down after 26 years as West Coast director and senior advocate for the Consumers Union, where he became known as one of California's most outspoken consumer lobbyists. Now, he's opened an office in the Presidio here to pursue a variety of advocacy projects.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2001 | TERRIL YUE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For only the third time, Consumer Reports magazine has rated a vehicle "not acceptable": Mitsubishi Motors' Montero Limited sport-utility vehicle, which the magazine says has a high likelihood of rolling over during sharp turns. The Montero Limited tips dangerously in emergency accident avoidance maneuvers in which drivers swerve to avoid something in their path, and it should be recalled, the magazine said Wednesday.
NEWS
December 19, 2000 | CAROLINE E. MAYER, THE WASHINGTON POST
Kara, 11, had a problem with last year's ad for the Stuart Little Roadster. The TV commercial for the remote-controlled car showed it zipping all around a store. "The ad made me think it could do special tricks, but it can't," Kara said. With comments like that, the ad flunked the truth-in-advertising test sponsored by Zillions, a Web site (http://www.zillions.org) that helps kids learn how to use their money wisely.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2000 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Consumer Reports, America's widely respected buyer's guide, will be forced to defend its own credibility in a trial that gets underway this week in Los Angeles federal court. Isuzu Motors has accused the magazine and its nonprofit parent, Consumers Union, of rigging tests to show that the 1995-96 Trooper sport utility vehicle displayed a propensity to roll over when making emergency turns.
BUSINESS
August 30, 1999 | JONATHAN GAW
Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports and Consumer Reports Online, will use the ratings from Marina del Rey-based BizRate.com as part of an upcoming evaluation of Internet retailers due out in October, the companies plan to announce today.
NEWS
May 2, 1996 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two advocacy organizations demanded Wednesday that the state's political watchdog commission reopen an investigation into conflict of interest charges against former Agriculture Secretary Henry M. Voss based on what they say is new evidence. A spokesman for the Fair Political Practices Commission, which last month found no evidence of illegal conflicts on Voss' part, refused to discuss whether the probe will be renewed, but said the commission will review the issue at its meeting today.
NEWS
July 28, 1994 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A coalition of consumer and environmental groups complained Wednesday that the Wilson Administration has violated state law by refusing to require disclosure of the use of a new synthetic growth hormone in milk production. Calling the hormone "extraordinarily controversial," the coalition demanded in a petition that the California Department of Food and Agriculture comply with the law, which it said required the agency to track all sales of livestock drugs having a "hormone-like action."
BUSINESS
August 18, 1999 | From Associated Press
Consumer groups are asking federal regulators to block AT&T Corp.'s bid to buy MediaOne Group Inc., saying the cable merger would give the company too much control in the markets for cable TV and high-speed cable Internet services. Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America and the Media Access Project joined Tuesday in opposing the deal on grounds that it violates existing antitrust laws and federal rules that restrict the number of cable customers a single company can control.
BUSINESS
January 26, 1999 | From Associated Press
Many insurers push "shoddy" and even dangerous knockoff replacement parts on car owners after a crash, Consumer Reports magazine found in a study issued Monday. The study, in the magazine's February issue, found replacement bumpers that crumpled with little resistance, poorly fitting fenders that tend to rust, and hoods with faulty latches that allow them to open at high speeds.
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