Sweet Dreams and Watch Out for those False Medical Claims!

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If you have been up late watching TV, you might have seen the Infomercial for a Minnesota company that sells My Pillow, a patented open-cell, poly-foam design created by inventor Michael J. Lindell. This staple of late-night TV infomercials has sold about 18 million pillows since 2005. However, a recent lawsuit successfully argued My Pillow… Read more »

Marriott to pay $600,000 to Resolve WI-FI-Blocking Investigation

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In March 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received a complaint that the Marriott convention center at the Gaylord Opryland location in Nashville, Tennessee was in violation of Section 333 of the Communications Act. After an FCC investigation substantiated unlawful use of containment features, Marriott agreed to pay $600,000. Questions: 1. What did the FCC’s… Read more »

Don’t Pay that Medical Bill: The Truth about Balance Billing

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As health-care costs continue to soar, millions of confused consumers are paying medical bills they don’t actually owe. Typically this occurs when an insurance plan covers less than what a doctor, hospital, or lab service wants to be paid. The health-care provider demands the balance from the patient. Questions: 1. Explain why balance billing is… Read more »

Why Won’t My Car Start?

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Before many subprime borrowers drive their car off the lot, their car is equipped with a starter interrupt device, which allows lenders to remotely disable the ignition. This article and video highlight the problematic issues related to “electronic repossession.” Questions: 1. What percentage of car loans are estimated to be lending for subprime borrowers? 2…. Read more »

Here we go again!

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In a release on July 30, 2013, JP Morgan has agreed to pay a $410 penalty over allegations it manipulated U.S. electricity markets. According to the official release, JP Morgan Ventures Energy Corporation is alleged to have manipulated the electricity market through the company‚Äôs bidding activities in California and the Midwest during the period from… Read more »

Do you think they will notice if we understate the numbers a little?

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The Securities and Exchange Commission capped a three-year investigation into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Friday, filing securities fraud charges against six former executives at the government-sponsored mortgage giants. The SEC claims that the execs failed to disclose the full extent of their companies’ subprime loan exposure. However, the outcome of the cases could… Read more »