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Posted 4 years ago in Consumer Law by Arthur Buono  
Orbitz, Expedia and Lodging Tax: It Doesn’t Add Up

Cities and online travel services are waging a nationwide battle over local lodging taxes. You pay them whenever you stay at a hotel. They can be very hefty. You pay them, and the question is, who gets to keep them?   Cities battle Orbitz, others over lodging tax Tax applies to what the hotel gets for the room, not what you pay If the hotel doesn’t get all you pay, shouldn’t you keep the avoided tax? Copy this link to …

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Posted 4 years ago in Consumer Law by Arthur Buono  
No Sale: Why CVS Wouldn’t Sell Mom Benadryl

A CVS pharmacy cashier wouldn’t sell Benadryl to a mom for her one-year-old daughter the other day. She pointed out that the Benadryl package said it was OK for use on kids age four and up. Never mind that mom was acting on the advice of her daughter’s pediatrician.   Mom spiked trying to buy Benadryl for year-old daughter Get an Rx if your doctor advises purchase of OTC medication CVS burned for lax pseudoephedrine sales to tune of $80 …

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Posted 4 years ago in Consumer Law by Arthur Buono  
Big Banks Taking Welfare Money, This Time for Real

It’s old news now that our nation’s biggest banks would have failed in the Great Recession without taxpayer bailouts. This still rankles many Americans who view the bailouts as the greatest corporate welfare in history. Now we learn that banks are still on the dole, so to speak. In California, banks are taking welfare money at $3 a pop whenever a welfare recipient withdraws her funds.   $38 million in California welfare funds lost to banking fees Banks raking in …

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Posted 4 years ago in Consumer Law by Arthur Buono  
Biggest Loser: Jillian Michaels or James Fell?

Fitness queen Jillian Michaels has threatened to take strength and conditioning specialist James S. Fell to the mat over an op-ed piece featured in Monday’s LA Times. Fell claimed Michaels isn’t a real fitness trainer, but an actress. He singled out her alleged lack of professional certifications in a review of her latest fitness video.   Canadian fitness specialist calls fitness phenom an actress Michaels threatens to sue for defamation, faces heavy lifting Fitness video allegedly unsafe, misleading Copy this …

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Posted 4 years ago in Consumer Law by Arthur Buono  
FCC Tells Cell Providers to Warn of Overcharges

Cell phone companies soon may be required to advise you in real time when you’re about to exceed plan limits or incur roaming charges. The Federal Communications Commission will propose a rule today to protect subscribers from "bill shock". Bill shock is what happens when subscribers see the added charges for exceeding their minutes or making calls out of their provider’s service area.   Millions of Americans surprised by roaming and over-plan charges Service providers fully capable of real-time alerts, …

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