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May 20, 2003 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
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 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
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 22, 2010 | By Noam N. Levey
Even as congressional Democrats began examining ways to scale back their far-reaching health legislation, a wave of consumer groups, patient advocates and doctors on Thursday called on Democrats not to abandon the comprehensive health overhaul they've worked so long to pass. "The legislation passed by the House and Senate would broaden access to quality, affordable healthcare to tens of millions of people who are currently uninsured or underinsured," wrote leaders of AARP, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Consumers Union, Families USA and Service Employees International Union.
June 26, 1996 | From Bloomberg Business News
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 | From Times Wire Reports
The nonprofit group Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, said it had acquired, an online consumer products blog, from Gawker Media. 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 | From Reuters
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.
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.
October 21, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
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.
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