Feds bring hammer down on mortgage-relief scammers

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.

Infants might benefit from allergen- and bacteria-rich homes

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.

Flaw gets Nest Protect alarm pulled from market

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.

ADT deceived public with paid reviews, FTC 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.