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August 17, 1995 | From Bloomberg Business News
Taking aim at con games thought to cost American consumers about $40 billion a year, the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday unveiled a package of rules to fight telemarketing scams. The sweeping regulations, required by Congress in a law passed last year, establish a range of required disclosures for sales and prize-promotion pitches, regulate when and how telemarketers can place calls, and restrict fraudulent billing schemes.
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August 17, 1995 | From Bloomberg Business News
Taking aim at con games thought to cost American consumers about $40 billion a year, the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday unveiled a package of rules to fight telemarketing scams. The sweeping regulations, required by Congress in a law passed last year, establish a range of required disclosures for sales and prize-promotion pitches, regulate when and how telemarketers can place calls, and restrict fraudulent billing schemes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1995
Business owners have groused for years about the mountains of government rules and regulations that they claim stand between them and economic viability, if not profitability. Certainly some of their complaints are valid and some have even been addressed by state and local lawmakers.
BUSINESS
November 26, 1989
The story ("Philippine President Scores Hit on Wall Street," Nov. 9) about Philippine President Corazon Aquino's visit to Wall Street highlighted her complaint that American companies have invested "little" in the islands since the successful 1986 People's Power Revolution that put her in power. It still takes far too much time, money and effort for a foreign investor to set up a business in the Philippines because of the plethora of government rules and regulations. Furthermore, the Manila-centered bureaucracy has not kept up with the need to speed up government investment in infrastructures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1992 | KAY SAILLANT
The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce has established a telephone hot line for business owners to answer questions about permit procedures, regulations and other government red tape, an official said Friday. "It's tough enough trying to run a business, much less deal with governmental processes," said chamber Executive Director George Scarvelis. "We're trying to lighten the load for businesses."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 1989 | ALLAN PARACHINI, Times Staff Writer
The National Endowment for the Arts contended Friday that a pending bill that would prohibit support for controversial art would "totally disable" its grant-making apparatus, forcing it to become the federal government's "cultural czar."
OPINION
March 22, 2004
Re "Reining In Prescription Prices Is a Seductive Idea. But It Might Kill You." Commentary, March 18: James Pinkerton applies Ayn Rand's vision of consumers abandoned by commerce to the current debate over how to deal with the high cost of medications. The U.S. consumer should not have to subsidize lower drug prices for Canadians or any other users by paying higher prices than a truly free market (read "level playing field") would suggest. There is no free market in the U.S. if other nations can negotiate discounts and our own citizens cannot.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Add cable industry pioneer and Liberty Media Chairman John Malone to the growing list of people who think sports programming costs are out of control. "We've got runaway sports rights, runaway sports salaries and what is essentially a high tax on a lot of households that don't have a lot of interest in sports," Malone said in an interview. "The consumer is really getting squeezed, as is the cable operator. " Indeed, by some industry estimates sports programming now accounts for about half of the typical pay-television bill.
NEWS
May 20, 1997 | Marc Lacey
The ever-expanding campaign fund-raising controversy encompasses a huge cast of characters, a web of financial transactions and a slew of relevant government rules and regulations. Prime areas of inquiry involve the channeling of foreign-linked money to the Democratic National Committee and whether any donations may have affected government policy. Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, and Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.
NEWS
December 13, 1987 | DANIEL SOUTHERLAND, The Washington Post
During a recent three-day visit to a local hospital, a Chinese biologist known as the "king of connections" managed to wrangle several impressive deals. First, he got himself a bed in a private room normally reserved for high-ranking Communist Party officials. Then he managed to place a friend's son in a job at the hospital. Finally, the "king" arranged to introduce a relative to one of the nurses. The couple got married shortly thereafter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Consider these examples from the "Who Knew?" department of obscure and overlooked government rules and regulations: * It's a misdemeanor to put your garbage cans in public view before dawn in Buena Park on trash-collection days, and they must be put away by 10 p.m. * "For sale" signs are not allowed on vehicles in Anaheim. * If you build a new home in Costa Mesa, you won't be allowed to back out of your driveway if it's more than 100 feet to the asphalt or you live on a busy street.
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