November 4, 2003 |
In a setback for Consumer Reports, the widely respected product-testing magazine, the Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for a jury in California to decide whether the publication rigged a test to show that the Suzuki Samurai tipped over easily. Lawyers for Consumers Union, joined by many of the nation's leading news organizations, had urged the high court to block the trial.
May 3, 2013 |
Quirky grocery chain Trader Joe's is dealing this week with some concern over its products, including a public statement from a major advocacy group criticizing the presence of antibiotics in meat and a lawsuit from the state of California alleging undisclosed lead content in candies. In an advertisement in the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, Consumers Union singled out Trader Joe's for selling meat from animals fed a steady stream of antibiotics. The full-page spread featured the word “WARNING!
October 21, 2013 |
Sweden has virtually eliminated salmonella in store-bought chicken, even though poultry there is industrially produced, just like in the United States. And even in this country, a 2010 Consumers Union study found no salmonella in the organic store-brand chickens it tested. In other words, consumers shouldn't have to accept salmonella-tainted chicken as just one of those unavoidable things. Yet that wasn't the attitude of Foster Farms and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to the recent salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 300 people, most of them in California, and sent close to half to hospitals with antibiotic-resistant infections.
February 20, 2012 |
Pamela Johnson of Orange is one of many people who have recently received notices from a debt collector called West Bay Acquisitions over supposedly unreturned Hollywood Video DVDs. The video-rental chain's parent company, Hollywood Entertainment, was purchased by an outfit called Movie Gallery in 2005. Five years later, Movie Gallery went out of business, selling its portfolio of outstanding customer obligations to West Bay Acquisitions. Johnson, 68, said she was "dumbfounded" to receive a notice the other day saying she owes $24.43 for several DVDs that she rented from Hollywood Video in 2009 and never returned.
July 3, 2013 |
Arsenic is one dangerous pollutant that can occur naturally (though it also can be a byproduct of pesticide use or certain kinds of mining), usually ingested via water. In Nepal and other impoverished areas of Asia where arsenic levels are high, low-tech water filters make a huge difference - a jar filled with rusty nails and sand. The ferrous oxide in the nails binds to the arsenic; particles then are filtered out in the sand. That works for households but not for rice fields, where immense amounts of water are used.
July 19, 2013 |
Wall Street investors have been standing behind Herbalife Ltd., but the Los Angeles nutritional products maker can't seem to shake questions about its controversial business model. Since hedge fund manager Bill Ackman accused the company in a report in December of operating a pyramid scheme, Herbalife repeatedly has asserted that its multilevel marketing engine is solid and clean. This week, Latino worker groups and public advocacy organizations met with officials from the Federal Trade Commission to ask for an investigation into Herbalife's operations, particularly its handling of its huge network of distributors.
June 26, 1996 |
Consumer Reports, the magazine that takes shoddy products to task, is taking aim at a competitor for allegedly exploiting Consumer Reports' hallmark "Best Buy" designation. In an unusual "Memo to Members" in the July issue, Consumers Union President Rhoda Karpatkin charges that rival Consumers Digest "has fastened onto a lucrative revenue source: It has adopted the words 'Best Buy,' which we have used since 1936, and made them a profit center." To try to reduce the confusion, Yonkers, N.Y.
July 3, 1986
Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, is suing the Comptroller of the Currency to get the list of consumer complaints that have been filed against banks across the country. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Consumers Union had requested the information in 1985 under the Freedom of Information Act as part of an effort to evaluate bank compliance with the Fair Credit Billing Act.
January 4, 1991 |
The publisher of Consumer Reports magazine filed suit Thursday in San Francisco, seeking to force ITT Financial Services to refund or forgo loan payments totaling $47.2 million because of alleged fee overcharges. The suit, filed in Superior Court by the San Francisco office of Consumers Union, alleged that Aetna Finance Co., which operates in California as ITT Financial Services, added an illegal fee to more than 50,000 consumer loans of $1,000 or less in the last four years.