Archive for the ‘Company News’ Category

Lawsuit claims Madden NFL ripoff

August 27, 2009

A class action accuses Time Inc. of deceptive trade: offering a “free” Madden NFL video game for purchase of a $49, 6-month subscription to Sports Illustrated, though a regular 6-month subscription costs less than half that $49, in Bergen County Court, N.J.



Frigidaire electric ranges recalled for fire hazard

August 27, 2009

Name of Product: Certain Frigidaire and Kenmore Elite Smoothtop Electric Ranges

Units: About 200,000

Manufacturer: Frigidaire, a division of Electrolux Home Products Inc., of Augusta, Ga.

Hazard: Depending on the model, the surface heating elements can: 1) turn on spontaneously without being switched on; 2) fail to turn off after being switched off; or, 3) heat to different temperatures than selected. This poses a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Frigidaire has received 126 reports of incidents, including four reports of minor burns and two reports of minor property damage.

Description: This recall involves Frigidaire, Frigidaire Gallery, Frigidaire Professional and Kenmore Elite smoothtop electric ranges with rotary knobs and digital displays. The following model and serial numbers are included in the recall:

The model and serial number can be found by opening the range drawer at the base of the unit.

Sold at: Sears and other national chain and independent retailers nationwide from June 2001 through August 2009 for between $1,000 and $2,500.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled ranges immediately and contact Frigidaire or Sears to schedule a free repair.


FTC settles with shady telemarketers

August 26, 2009

“Four deceptive telemarketing operations targeted by the Federal Trade Commission have agreed to abandon the illegal tactics they allegedly used to scam consumers – such as charging for products that were never ordered, making bogus claims about their products, and harassing consumers with unwanted phone calls – under settlements with the FTC announced today.

Defendants responsible for the four telemarketing operations, which were sued by the FTC last year as part of the largest telemarketing fraud sweep ever coordinated by the agency, have signed court orders barring them from these and other illegal practices. The law enforcement sweep, “Operation Tele-PHONEY,” included 13 FTC complaints against unscrupulous telemarketers who allegedly defrauded more than 500,000 consumers, resulting in losses of more than $100 million.”


10 states and feds join to fight shady lending practices

August 26, 2009

“Ten state attorneys general and four federal agencies have announced the formation of a task force to combat mortgage fraud. According to a statement issued by Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna, targets of the enforcement effort include equity skimming, bogus foreclosure rescue, straw purchases and unethical lending practices.”


Window blind recalls: child strangulation risks

August 26, 2009

Several hundred thousand blinds made by several different manufacturers and retailed by still more companies like Target pose significant child strangulation risks.  Below are the various consumer product safety recall notices:

Vertical Land blind recall

Lutron Electronics


Pottery Barn

Lewis Hyman


Best consumer healthcare sites

August 25, 2009

The Medical Library Association lists its top ten consumer healthcares sites as well as a complete guide to utilizing the web for health information.


Goodyear sued in fatal accident

August 25, 2009

“According to the tire tread separation lawsuit, the Goodyear tire on Navarrete’s vehicle failed, killing Navarrete and injuring five other passengers. The complaint alleges that the tire lacked a nylon cap that would have reduced the effect of heat along the belt edge. The claim also accuses the company of failing to warn consumers about the potential risk of Goodyear tire failures caused by tread separation and the loss of vehicle control that it could cause.”


Maytag extends refrig recall

August 25, 2009

Name of Product: Maytag®, Magic Chef®, Performa by Maytag® and Crosley® brand refrigerators

Units: About 46,000 (1.6 million units were previously recalled March 2009)

Manufacturer: Maytag Corp., of Newton, Iowa

Hazard: An electrical failure in the relay, the component that turns on the refrigerator’s compressor, can cause overheating and pose a serious fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Maytag has received 23 additional reports of refrigerator relay ignition, including 4 reports of property damage ranging from smoke damage to extensive kitchen damage.

Description: The recall includes certain Maytag®, Magic Chef®, Performa by Maytag® and Crosley® brand side-by-side and top freezer refrigerators. The affected refrigerators were manufactured in black, bisque, white and stainless steel. They have model and serial numbers printed on a label located on the top middle or left upper side of the refrigerator liner and have the following model and serial number combinations:

  Serial Numbers ENDING with AND Model Numbers BEGINNING with
Side by Side
Top Freezer
CA, CC, CE, CG, ZB, ZD, ZF, ZH CT15G4, CTB152, CTL151, CTM152,
CTN151, MTB195, MTB215, MTB245,
MTF195, MTF215, PTB155, PTB175,
PTB195, PTB215

Refrigerators with freezers on the bottom are not included in this recall.

Sold at: Department and appliance stores and by homebuilders nationwide from September 2000 through May 2004 for between about $350 and $1,600.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately contact Maytag to determine if their refrigerator is included in the recall and if so, to schedule a free in-home repair. Consumers should not return the refrigerator to the retailer where it was purchased.


Facebook sued for selling personal info

August 25, 2009

“Facebook invades the privacy of its customers and misappropriates people’s images and personal information for marketing and commercial purposes, a class action claims in Orange County Court, Calif. The class claims Facebook’s “unconscionable” terms and conditions allow it to compile an extraordinary amount of data from users, and permits third parties access to a gold mine of information without users’ knowledge or consent.”


Gerber Settles Bias Case for $900,000

August 24, 2009

“Gerber Products agreed to settle with the U.S. Department of Labor, which accused it of discriminating against 1,912 minority and female applicants who were rejected for entry-level positions. Gerber will pay $900,000.”