Consumer fraud

July 02, 2019 - 8:12 am
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal lawsuit says Mississippi is violating free-speech rights by banning makers of plant-based foods from using terms such as "meatless meatballs" and "vegan bacon." The lawsuit against Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and the state's Republican agriculture...
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A pedestrian passes Valentine's day stuffed animals for sale ahead of the holiday in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. The Federal Trade Commission announced this week that romance-related scams have surged recently and generated more losses than any other consumer fraud reported to the agency last year. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
February 13, 2019 - 1:08 pm
Is it love? Maybe not. The FTC announced this week that romance-related scams have surged recently and generated more losses than any other consumer fraud reported to the agency last year. The number of these romance scams reported to the agency jumped from 8,500 in 2015 to more than 21,000 in 2018...
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January 30, 2019 - 5:32 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ghirardelli and Russell Stover have agreed to pay $750,000 in fines after prosecutors in California said they offered a little chocolate in a lot of wrapping. Prosecutors in Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Fresno, Santa Cruz and Yolo counties sued the candy makers,...
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FILE - In this photo taken on Feb. 15, 2013, a person stands at Spanghero meat company in Castelnaudary, southern France. Four people are going on trial in Paris over an elaborate alleged scheme that fed consumers across Europe frozen foods containing cheap horse meat fraudulently labeled as pricier beef. (AP Photo/Bruno Martin, File)
January 21, 2019 - 6:54 am
PARIS (AP) — Six years after the "Horsegate" scandal broke, four people went on trial in Paris on Monday over an elaborate alleged scheme that fed consumers across Europe frozen foods containing cheap horse meat fraudulently labeled as pricier beef. The defendants at the trial, which is expected to...
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January 09, 2019 - 8:11 am
New Jersey's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the National Football League didn't violate state consumer fraud laws with its ticketing policies for the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium, a decision that likely will spell defeat for a federal lawsuit that seeks potentially millions of dollars in...
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FILE - In this his June 27, 2012 file photo, Vic Gundotra, Google Senior Vice President of Engineering, talks about Google Plus at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. Nearly two dozen consumer, privacy and public health groups are urging U.S. regulators to investigate whether children are being endangered by deceptive apps in Google’s app store for Android smartphones. A complaint filed Dec. 19, 2018, with the FTC alleges Google’s Play store is harming kids by allowing apps that break privacy laws, contain adult content or include manipulative advertising in a section designed for young children. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
December 18, 2018 - 9:31 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly two dozen consumer, privacy and public health groups are urging U.S. regulators to investigate whether children are being endangered by deceptive apps in Google's app store for smartphones running on its Android software. The 102-page complaint filed Wednesday with the...
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EU Consumer Commissioner Vera Jourova talks to journalists during a news conference at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. European Union officials say Airbnb has agreed to clarify its pricing and booking system in response to complaints that they could mislead consumers. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
September 20, 2018 - 3:52 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's consumer protection chief said Thursday she's growing impatient with Facebook's lack of action in complying with the bloc's demands to be more transparent with users about their data. EU Consumer Commissioner Vera Jourova said she's still waiting for results...
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