Jefferies Financial Group Inc. Agrees to Acquire Remaining 30% Interest in HomeFed Corporation
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 15, 2019--Jefferies Financial Group Inc. (NYSE:JEF or Jefferies), which currently owns approximately 70% of the outstanding shares of common stock of HomeFed...
NY Assembly to look at student loan debt
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State lawmakers in New York are taking a look at what the state can do to lessen the burden of student loan debt.
The Assembly's committees on banks and consumer affairs and protection are scheduled to hold a public hearing Tuesday in Albany to look at student borrowing and what the state could do to protect borrowers from increasing amounts of debt.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey consumer affairs officials have reached an agreement to shutter three companies they say used highly aggressive and misleading telemarketing tactics to sell emergency medical response alert systems to elderly residents.
Cuyahoga County’s Consumer Affairs Department gets enforcement powers
Cuyahoga County's Consumer Affairs Department gets enforcement powers
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cuyahoga County's Department of Consumer Affairs can now investigate and enforce consumer laws under legislation approved Tuesday by County Council.
The legislation created a new section in the county's code that gives the county the power to enforce consumer-protection laws as well as weights-and-measures laws, including those in the Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code.
EU not happy with Facebook, Twitter consumer rule remedies
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission says social media giants Facebook and Twitter have only partially responded to its demands to bring their practices into line with EU consumer law.
The Commission asked the two companies a year ago to change their terms of service following complaints from people targeted by fraud or scams on social media websites.
Cuyahoga County’s consumer affairs department would have enforcement powers under proposed legislation
Cuyahoga County's consumer affairs department would have enforcement powers under proposed legislation
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cuyahoga County's Department of Consumer Affairs would be empowered to investigate and enforce consumer laws under legislation that is expected to be introduced Tuesday at County Council.
The legislation would create a new section in the county's code that would:
Police: Consumer affairs reporter assaulted on assignment
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a widely-watched New York City consumer affairs reporter known for his on-camera confrontations was assaulted while on assignment in the Bronx.
Authorities say that WPIX-TV investigative reporter Howard Thompson and photographer John Frasse were attacked Tuesday in the borough's Belmont neighborhood.
New Hampshire considers safeguards against balance billing
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire patients would be better protected against surprise medical bills under legislation being considered by House lawmakers.
The House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee held public hearings on two bills this week aimed at addressing what's known as "balance billing" — when patients who are treated at hospitals in their insurance networks get billed by individual providers such as anesthesiologists who are out-of-network.
With the holiday season almost in full swing, authorities caution against consumer scams
Phony, virus-laden confirmation emails for products you never purchased. Phone calls from individuals posing as retailers or law enforcement, demanding money under false pretenses. Internet pop-ups promising products from online stores that don't exist.
These are just a few examples of schemes aimed at consumers that authorities are warning against headed into the holiday season, with big-time sales events like Black Friday and other popular holiday shopping promotions right around the corner.
Central Europe tackles issue of lower quality consumer goods
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The leaders of four Central European countries have cautiously welcomed European Union proposals to address their concerns that multinationals sell lower-quality versions of their foods to consumers in Central and Eastern Europe than in the West.
EU moves to ensure more uniform food quality across states
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union wants to help stop food makers selling the same products but with different contents depending on which country they are put on supermarket shelves.
The move comes after consumers complained about quality discrepancies, like a coffee brand with more sugar and less caffeine in different countries or frozen fish fingers with less meat.
Apple, New Jersey settle dispute over pricing information
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State consumer affairs officials say Apple will change the way it provides pricing information for iPhones and other electronic devices on display in its New Jersey stores.
The agreement announced Tuesday settles claims that Apple's in-store digital pricing system violated state laws because the information wasn't continuously available for customers to view.
Congress urged to save heating aid from Trump cut
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — More than 30 attorneys general and state consumer advocate agencies are urging Congress to reject plans by President Donald Trump's administration to eliminate the federal heating assistance program.
The program distributes $3.4 billion to about 6 million low-income households.
The representatives say the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program already has been cut by a third since 2010, and it's only serving 19 percent of eligible households.
What’s in your sandwich? Subway disputes study on chicken
How much chicken is actually in your chicken sandwich?
A study by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's consumer affairs show "Marketplace" says researchers conducted DNA tests on several chicken sandwiches from fast-food restaurants and found that Subway's chicken breast contained only about half chicken. The rest was mostly soy.
Learn to protect against identity theft at law school talk
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Consumers may learn how to protect themselves against identity theft at a speech at the University of South Carolina School of Law.
State Department of Consumer Affairs deputy administrator Marti Phillips is speaking Thursday at a breakfast event at 7:45 a.m. in the law school auditorium.
The talk is part of a series of breakfast talks on technology and is free and open to the public.
Brash newsman was the last word on fraud, roaches - and a brothel
In 1973, less than a year after losing his job with the Harris County Sheriff's Department, Marvin Zindler found himself accosting lawbreakers again, this time in the rolling rural climes of Fayette County, halfway between Houston and Austin.
Zindler, who had reinvented himself as a brash consumer affairs reporter for the local ABC affiliate, KTRK, got word that a "bawdy house" near the small town of La Grange had been operating for years with the full knowledge and...
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts residents who want to voice a concern about a consumer service or product to a top state official will get that chance.
Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs Undersecretary John Chapman and representatives from the office's regulatory agencies are launching a summer listening tour starting Tuesday.
The five sessions are a chance for officials to hear concerns about and recommendations for improvements to consumer protections and...
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