Federal Trade Commission

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Senators push for quicker generic drug access

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators want to do away with the agreements that pharmaceutical companies make with one another to keep lower-priced generic copies of brand-name drugs off the market. Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of […]

07/23/2013

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Court: ‘pay to delay’ generic drugs can be illegal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that deals between pharmaceutical corporations and their generic drug competitors, which government officials say keep cheaper forms of medicine off the market, can be sometimes be illegal […]

06/17/2013

US Senator of West Virginia John D "Jay" Rockefeller IV (AP Photo)

Senate chairman calls for ‘Do Not Track’ bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warning consumers that industry has failed to protect their privacy online, a top Senate Democrat said he will press legislation this year to create a universal “Do Not Track” option for consumers and penalize companies that fail to honor it.

04/24/2013

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Court: Can drug companies pay to delay generics?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are pressing the Supreme Court to stop big pharmaceutical corporations from paying generic drug competitors to delay releasing their cheaper versions of brand-name drugs.

03/24/2013

Federal Trade Commission

Study: 1 in 5 consumers had error in credit report

WASHINGTON (AP) — One in five consumers had an error in a credit report issued by a major agency, according to a government study released Monday: 5% of the consumers identified errors that could lead to paying more for financial products like mortgages.

02/11/2013

IRS

IRS cracking down on ID theft, tax fraud

MIAMI (AP) — With tax filing season heating up, an aggressive Internal Revenue Service crackdown is targeting the growing problem of criminals who use stolen identities to seek tens of thousands of dollars in fraudulent tax refunds.

02/07/2013

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Google settles on patents, other antitrust claims

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is agreeing to license certain patents to mobile phone rivals and stop a practice of including snippets from other websites in its search results as part of a settlement to end a 19-month investigation its business practices.

01/03/2013

online privacy

FTC scolds Apple, Google and developers over (lack of) kids’ privacy

The Federal Trade Commission released its second report on mobile apps for kids, finding “little progress” on privacy issues. Listen to an expert in online media discuss the thorny issue with KFWB’s Maggie McKay and Michael Shappee.

12/11/2012

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Government investigating makers of cellphone apps

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is investigating software companies that make cellphone apps to learn whether they are violating the privacy rights of children by quietly collecting personal information from their phones then sharing it.

12/10/2012

Canadian man indicted in alleged 'Grandparent Scam' arrested at LAX

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A Canadian man accused of taking part in a scheme to dupe Southland grandparents into believing their grandchildren or other relatives were in danger in foreign countries and immediately required money […]

10/26/2012

Government offers $50k for help on robocalls

WASHINGTON (AP) – Those annoying prerecorded phone pitches known as robocalls aren’t just getting on the nerves of millions of consumers: The government is fed up too, and it’s turning to the public for help. […]

10/18/2012

Gas price manipulation blamed for high prices (audio)

KFWB’s Jon Baird talks with fuming drivers are fuming as gas prices remain sky high amid talk of price manipulation. The governor has taken action to start producing winter grade gas and Senator Dianne Feinstein […]

10/08/2012

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