May 20, 2003 |
A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Monday narrowly reaffirmed a decision that Suzuki Motor Corp. is entitled to a jury trial on its claim that Consumer Reports magazine rigged a test to show that the Suzuki Samurai sport utility vehicle "rolls over too easily." Consumers Union, the parent organization of Consumer Reports, failed by a 12-11 vote on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in its bid to get a rehearing. Judge A.
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.
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.
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 1, 2009 |
The nonprofit group Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, said it had acquired Consumerist.com, an online consumer products blog, from Gawker Media. Consumerist.com has acted as a kind of consumer watchdog and advice site. Consumers Union said the blog would operate independently of its other publications under a new nonprofit organization called Consumer Media. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.
July 26, 1997 |
The Isuzu Trooper sport-utility vehicle, dogged for nearly a year by Consumer Reports' allegations that it rolls over too easily, was found to be defect-free by the U.S. government's auto safety agency. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday that it has denied a petition from Consumers Reports' publisher Consumers Union that the agency conduct a defect investigation into the Trooper and its sister vehicle, the Acura SLX. "The Isuzu Trooper has been vindicated.
February 14, 1997 |
Suzuki Motor Corp. of Japan lost one round in its battle against the publisher of Consumer Reports. U.S. District Judge Alicemarie Stotler in Orange County dismissed libel claims against Consumers Union over a July 1988 report asserting the Suzuki Samurai is unsafe. But the judge gave Suzuki 30 days to refile a product disparagement claim against Consumers Union. Stotler also agreed to hear a deceptive-business-practices claim against Consumers Union.