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  • Hooked on your iPhone? At WWDC, Apple finally offers help. Apple is trying to make us love our iPhones a little less. Helping consumers and parents combat addiction and encourage healthier relationships with technology was on Apple’s agenda at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The biggest…
  • Do not go gently into that financial regulatory rollback. The recent deregulatory push isn’t just the work of our checked-out president and a Republican congressional majority that is devoted to providing valued goodies to their donor base. It’s the return of bipartisan, lobby-driven amnesia…
  • The U.N. says Trump is making life harder for the poor. A top human rights investigator is criticizing the United States for failing the poor. Philip Alston, U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, has spent the past several months visiting impoverished communities across the…
  • New law will let consumers freeze credit files without charge. On May 24, President Trump signed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, which has received attention for loosening restrictions placed on banks after the financial crisis. The legislation, however, also made some…
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - June 2018. This month's INSIDER highlights the 2018 Consumer Lobby Day in Washington, DC; updates you on the latest changes to the California LifeLine discounted phone service program; gives advice on how you can use social media to complain about your customer concerns; and promotes our new Vision Action Center (which outlines the rights of consumers who purchase contact lenses and eyeglasses), among other articles. We also update readers on our latest "coalition efforts" and list the latest lawsuit settlements from our Class Action Database.
  • Why some patients getting drugmakers' help are paying more. Until recently payments by the drug company helped Kristen Catton save money on her medical out-of-pocket expenses, because they counted toward her family's $8,800 annual pharmacy deductible on their health plan. But this year, Catton…
  • Who should foot the bill on the first date?. “He looked at the check and sighed a few times,” my daughter said. “So I offered to pay.”  The guy quickly and happily accepted. He was grateful even. Still she was disappointed he took her…
  • First jobs matter: Avoiding the underemployment trap. This unprecedented analysis of 4 million unique résumés examines the scope and impact of underemployment on graduates in the years that follow college. It turns out that underemployment can mark the first steps to a…
  • Si estás endeudado es porque te crees rico y no lo eres. No lo decimos nosotros, sino un estudio ¿Comer afuera o cocinar? ¿Comprar un bolso o pagar la cuenta de energía? ¿Rentar o comprar? Todos los días, permanentemente, estamos tomando decisiones que afectan nuestras finanzas.


  • Protección gratis frente a ladrones. El Congreso aprueba que no se cobre la congelación del crédito en los tres bureaus para proteger la identidad de los consumidores Después de que el año pasado se produjera una masiva quiebra de seguridad…
  • What does average American get from Social Security?. The typical American receiving Social Security gets an average monthly benefit of $1,294, according to the Social Security Administration. But the benefit amounts can vary widely depending on the type of benefit you're talking about,…

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