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Burberry Sues JCPenney Over Coats In Familiar-Looking Plaid

Do you recognize Burberry’s distinctive plaid on sight? The British company assumes that most clothing shoppers do, and has filed a lawsuit against JCPenney for using a similar plaid in scarves and coats that it has sold recently. [More]

Report: Amazon Wants To Help International Factories Sell Directly To You

Report: Amazon Wants To Help International Factories Sell Directly To You

A few years ago, Amazon made a prediction that came true: shoppers were about to use Amazon more for commerce across oceans and borders, ordering easily from all over the world. Yet experts at Amazon must have been wondering how they could help international merchants along, and make more money while they were at it. One possible solution: becoming a freight and warehouse operation for manufacturers abroad. [More]

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Lawsuit: Defective Plug, Draining System Turned Walk-In Jacuzzi Into Death Trap

Many people seeking relief from aches and pains use walk-in tubs, because they allow for a more immersive experience, and they can be especially useful for elderly folk who can’t easily climb in and out of a traditional bathroom fixture. But the family of a 67-year-old woman says her Jacuzzi walk-in tub turned into a death trap, when it failed to drain and prevented her from getting out. [More]

GM Recalls 473K Trucks, SUVs Because Brake Pedals Shouldn’t Fail

GM Recalls 473K Trucks, SUVs Because Brake Pedals Shouldn’t Fail

Most of us take for granted that our car’s brake pedal will work properly when we go to use it. But for the owners of some General Motors trucks and SUVs, that may not be the case. [More]

VTech’s Latest User Agreement Lets Company Skirt Liability For Future Hacks

VTech’s Latest User Agreement Lets Company Skirt Liability For Future Hacks

Last year, a data breach of VTech’s Learning Lodge app store exposed personal information for millions of parents and children. While the company claims to have improved its security to prevent future hacks, it also looks like VTech has given itself a way out of liability for anything bad that might happen. [More]

(Ray Andrews)

Banks Mail Out Pre-Activated Credit Cards, Don’t See The Problem

When you receive a new credit or debit card in the mail, it usually arrives in need of activation. You have to call a number and verify some information: sure, no information that a determined identity thief wouldn’t already have, but at least it stops random passers-by from harvesting credit cards from mailboxes. Only pre-activated cards are a new trend in banking again. Some customers aren’t thrilled. [More]

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Congressman Wants The FAA To Put A Limit On How Tiny Airplane Seats Can Get

That feeling you get on an airplane, the one where it feels like the whole thing is a tin of sardines ad you are just one little fish packed up tightly against all the others? You’re clearly not alone, says everyone who has ever been seated in economy on a flight, which is why one lawmaker is trying to establish minimum seat size standards for all airlines to abide by. [More]

Lawyer Bombarded With Errant Texts Demanding Free Chipotle Burritos

Lawyer Bombarded With Errant Texts Demanding Free Chipotle Burritos

On one end of the wrong-number spectrum is the lawyer who still gets calls and texts intended for Sir Mix-A-Lot, on the other end is the D.C.-area attorney who received some 300 text messages yesterday from people seeking free burritos from Chipotle. [More]

IKEA Recalling 840,000 Ceiling Lamps For Shades That Could Rain Glass From Above

IKEA Recalling 840,000 Ceiling Lamps For Shades That Could Rain Glass From Above

Ceiling lamps have a very specific purpose, which is to shine light down on a room from above. It is not to send glass lamp shades plummeting toward the ground, possibly shattering over someone’s head. That’s why IKEA is recalling two different models of ceiling lamps, over concerns that they could come apart and cause damage to anyone unfortunate enough to be underneath them. [More]

Judge Rips Big Tobacco For “Ridiculous… Waste Of Precious Time” In Drafting Warning Ads

Judge Rips Big Tobacco For “Ridiculous… Waste Of Precious Time” In Drafting Warning Ads

Seventeen years after federal prosecutors sued the tobacco industry, a full decade after a court ruled that Big Tobacco’s biggest players had maintained an illegal racketeering enterprise in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization [RICO] Act, and nearly seven years since they lost their appeal in that case, these companies are still dragging their feet creating the public warning ads they were ordered to make many, many years ago. The judge who has had to preside over this drawn-out ordeal has had enough. [More]

(Melissa)

5 Tips For Tackling Winter Driving Safely

Waking up to freshly fallen snow can be a peaceful, idyllic scene, but realizing just moments later that you have to drive in all that white fluffy stuff to get to work can take the serenity out of the moment. [More]

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Sears Holdings To Accelerate, Expand Planned Store Closings

The only bit of good news in the most recent financial report from Sears Holdings, parent company of Sears and Kmart, is that the sibling stores had better sales during the holiday season than last year, and not just because they kicked off Christmas in mid-September. Unfortunately, the news isn’t very good other than that: the company is still losing money in its retail business, and plans to speed up its planned store closings. [More]

“Happy Birthday” Song Settlement To Pay Out $14 Million To People Who Paid To Use Song

“Happy Birthday” Song Settlement To Pay Out $14 Million To People Who Paid To Use Song

Last year, a decades-old battle over the rights to one of the most famous songs in the world finally came to an end when a federal judge ruled that the “Happy Birthday” song is in the public domain, meaning that its publisher, Warner/Chappell, has been improperly charging hefty sums for its use. The terms of a settlement in the case show that Warner will now fork over up to $14 million to people who should not have had to pay to use the song. [More]

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Did Net Neutrality Kill Broadband Investment Like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon Said It Would?

Last year, when the FCC was preparing to vote on the new Open Internet Order (aka “net neutrality”) and its reclassification of broadband Internet as a vital utility, virtually the entire telecom and cable industry claimed this change would ruin investment and slow innovation. But a look at the year-end financial figures for the biggest naysayers casts a lot of doubt on these dire predictions. [More]

Lawsuit Claims Dunkin’ Donuts Overcharged NJ, NY Customers By $14 Million Over Three Years

Lawsuit Claims Dunkin’ Donuts Overcharged NJ, NY Customers By $14 Million Over Three Years

Dunkin’ Donuts customers in New York and New Jersey are claiming in a new lawsuit that the company doesn’t understand how sales tax works in those states, resulting in combined overcharges worth nearly $14 million. That could buy a lot of coffee. [More]

Police: Burger King Worker Tried To Arrange Robbery At Her Own Store

Police: Burger King Worker Tried To Arrange Robbery At Her Own Store

From time to time a would-be robber gets the idea that the best way to get away with a bunch of cash is to steal from a place they know inside and out, like their current or former employer. A Pennsylvania Burger King employee apparently took that idea and made it her own by cooking up a plan to get someone else to rob the restaurant where she worked.  [More]

Honda Officially Recalls 2016 Civics Over Engine Failures, Continues Halt To New Sales

Honda Officially Recalls 2016 Civics Over Engine Failures, Continues Halt To New Sales

A week after directing dealers to stop selling the newest model Civic sedans after detecting a problem in the vehicles that could lead to engine failure, Honda has announced an official recall of the affected cars.  [More]

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Man Arrested For Allegedly Throwing A Live Alligator Into Wendy’s Drive-Thru Window

There are a few things alligators do well: chomping on stuff, looking like dinosaurs, and gliding around in swamps, marshes, and the like. They are not good at flying, however, and as such, should not be tossed carelessly into the drive-thru window at Wendy’s. A Florida man was arrested recently for allegedly attempting to do just such a thing. [More]