July 25, 2014—Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Federal Trade Commission filed nine lawsuits against individuals and companies that collected at least $25 million in illegal advance fees for mortgage-relief services.
July 8, 2014—The manufacturer of a defective vacuum cleaner agreed to pay a $725,000 civil penalty to settle charges by Consumer Product Safety Commission that it knowingly failed to report a defect in the product’s electrical wiring.
June 23, 2014—American Plastic Lumber, which markets plastic lumber and related products, settled federal charges that it misled consumers about the environmental attributes of its products.
June 18, 2014—SunTrust Mortgage agreed to pay $968 million to settle federal charges that it endorsed and underwrote faulty loans.
June 17, 2014—Ten weeks after it was yanked abruptly from shelves because of faulty operation, the Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm is back in stores.
June 9, 2014—Babies who are exposed to cockroach droppings, household bacteria and pet dander in their first year of life are less likely to develop allergies and asthma, according to a study that Johns Hopkins Children’s Center conducted.
May 5, 2014—Baby gates that are misused or installed improperly are a major reason that injuries that are related to the products increased dramatically in the past 21 years, experts tell Consumers Digest.
May 5, 2014—Kohler introduced a new kit that allows you to convert a toilet so you can flush it by waving your hand.
April 4, 2014—Nest Labs stopped production of its Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm because of a malfunction that’s related to one of the product’s early alert features.
April 3, 2014—The first soda maker that doesn’t require a carbon-dioxide cartridge to create fizz might arrive in 2014.
March 31, 2014—Philips added products to its Hue line of wirelessly controlled LED lamps that make the system less expensive to use and easier to operate.
March 31, 2014—Federal Trade Commission says two leading suppliers of propane-exchange tanks colluded to raise the prices at Wal-Mart stores.
March 19, 2014—This spring, General Electric is airing out a room air conditioner that’s connected to the Internet and can be controlled by a mobile application.
March 12, 2014—Federal Trade Commission settled a complaint today against a company that illegally called millions of consumers to sell home-security systems.
March 7, 2014—The second generation of Dyson’s bladeless fans reduce noise by at least 60 percent compared with the original models that were introduced in 2009, the manufacturer says.
March 6, 2014—A home-security company’s secret no longer is safe. Federal Trade Commission reached an agreement with ADT today that settled charges that ADT paid people to publish and broadcast what the company billed as independent reviews.
Feb. 20, 2014—A federal court ordered light-bulb manufacturer Lights of America to pay Federal Trade Commission $21.2 million for misleading consumers who purchased the company’s LED bulbs.
Feb. 12, 2014—A midnight journey to the bathroom can devolve into things that go bump in the night. So Kohler introduced toilet seats that have a night light.
Jan. 14, 2013—The manufacturer of a thermostat and combination smoke/carbon-monoxide alarm that Google will purchase says its smartphone-controlled devices still will work with Apple iPads and iPhones.
Dec. 18, 2013—Consumers who get a new mortgage via Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2014 will pay increased fees if they have low credit scores or if they have a small down payment on the loan, the federal home-loan companies say.