West Virginia Woman Sues Wells Fargo Over Alleged Home Loan Modification Misrepresentations

West Virginia Woman Sues Wells Fargo Over Alleged Home Loan Modification Misrepresentations

When you’re going through the often-tedious process of refinancing your mortgage, getting some bad information can only serve to make things worse. That’s why a West Virginia woman is suing Wells Fargo, alleging that the bank told her to stop making loan payments then put her into collections and foreclosure.
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Secret Menu Adventure: Consumerist Tries To Order An ‘Undertow’ At Starbucks

Secret Menu Adventure: Consumerist Tries To Order An ‘Undertow’ At Starbucks

Here at Consumerist’s virtual headquarters, we were reading a Starbucks fan blog, as we do, and noticed a passing reference that took us by surprise. A post mentioned a “secret menu” drink called the Undertow, which consists of hot espresso on top of cold half-and-half and flavored syrup. This sounded both confusing and delicious, so we made the editor whose office is closest to a Starbucks go out and try to order one. [More]

United Airlines Reverses Policy After Four Years, Will Let Families Pre-Board Again

United Airlines Reverses Policy After Four Years, Will Let Families Pre-Board Again

United Airlines is changing course after four years, announcing that it will once again allow families with young children to board early. [More]

Mazda Recalls, Stops Sales Of CX-5 Vehicles Over Fuel Leak Concerns

Mazda Recalls, Stops Sales Of CX-5 Vehicles Over Fuel Leak Concerns

If you’ve got a 2014-2016 Mazda CX-5 sitting in the driveway — or you were planning on buying one anytime soon — here’s some bad news for you. The carmaker has recalled and stopped the sale of more than 260,000 of these vehicles over fuel leak concerns. [More]

NBC To Get In On That Thursday Night Football Lovin’

NBC To Get In On That Thursday Night Football Lovin’

For the last couple of seasons, CBS has been — with the exception of Thanksgiving night — the NFL’s sole dance partner on Thursday nights. But starting next season, CBS will have to get used to the idea of the league spending time romancing another “friend” — NBC. [More]

CVS Sued Over Claims Its Algae Supplement Improves Memory

CVS Sued Over Claims Its Algae Supplement Improves Memory

Drugstore giant CVS is being sued for marketing and advertising its algae-based Algal-900 DHA supplements as proven memory enhancers, when the science used to prop up that claim is allegedly bogus. [More]

World Health Organization Declares Zika Virus “Emergency”: Which Airlines Offer Refunds, Rebooking?

World Health Organization Declares Zika Virus “Emergency”: Which Airlines Offer Refunds, Rebooking?

The World Health Organization officially declared the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness that has been linked to birth defects in thousands of babies, an International Health Emergency. [More]

Here’s What You’ll Find On Sale In February

Here’s What You’ll Find On Sale In February

Our deal-crunching colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports maintain a national calendar of deals, which tracks which items are on sale during which months so you can plan your spending accordingly. What can you find on sale in February? You should be looking for indoor furniture (especially mattresses), winter clothing, and humidifiers. [More]

Group Behind Golden Nugget Casinos, Rainforest Cafe, And More Releases List Of Locations Hit By Data Breach

Group Behind Golden Nugget Casinos, Rainforest Cafe, And More Releases List Of Locations Hit By Data Breach

Late last year, Landry’s Inc., a restaurant conglomerate with over 500 locations, confirmed that it had been hit by a credit card data breach. At the time, the group didn’t confirm how many locations were affected. Landry’s now says soon it will begin notifying customers who might’ve been affected. [More]

Comcast User’s Bot Tweets At Comcast Whenever His Internet Speed Gets Too Slow

Comcast User’s Bot Tweets At Comcast Whenever His Internet Speed Gets Too Slow

Just because you pay for a certain internet speed doesn’t mean you get it all the time. That’s just a sad fact of life: those speeds are an “up to” promise, not a “minimum guarantee” promise. But just how often is a lapse below a certain threshold acceptable? And given that internet speeds are variable, how would you make sure your provider knows? [More]

Tesla Applied For A Dealership License In Michigan

Tesla Applied For A Dealership License In Michigan

Michigan residents keen on purchasing a Tesla may no longer have to travel to Chicago, Ohio, Indiana, or Canada: Tesla has applied for dealership licenses to sell and service its electric vehicles in the state nearly two years after legislators passed laws banning the company’s direct-to-customer sales model.  [More]

Time Warner Wants Hulu To Stop Airing Current Seasons Of TV Shows

Time Warner Wants Hulu To Stop Airing Current Seasons Of TV Shows

One of the things that has allowed Hulu to compete in the streaming video subscription market is the fact that it offers users the ability to watch some currently airing shows shortly after they’ve premiered on TV. But a new report claims that if content powerhouse Time Warner Inc. has its say, even Hulu subscribers may have to wait a long time before seeing recently aired shows. [More]

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4 Things We Learned About Fake Locksmith Scammers Lurking Online

The moment you realize you’re locked out of your car or your home is never a good one. But now that everyone is armed with a smartphone, it’s an easy thing to search for a local locksmith on Google and have someone show up to the rescue. But not every listing out there is tied to a legitimate business, as scammy fake locksmith companies are hiding in plain sight, waiting to slam customers with pricy bills for their services. [More]

Some New York City Uber Drivers Will Go On Strike At Noon

Some New York City Uber Drivers Will Go On Strike At Noon

You might remember last week that we reported about Uber’s plans to cut fares by about 15% in New York City. Customers are surely delighted, and some drivers are happy to have less downtime, but other drivers are less thrilled, and around 1,000 drivers are expected to go on strike today at noon. [More]

Twitter user @uscgmitch sent us these images of his Quesalupa back in Feb. 2015.

Taco Bell Taking Pre-Orders For “Surprise” Super Bowl Item That’s Probably A Quesalupa

With less than a week left before the Super Bowl, Taco Bell is once again teasing fast food lovers about its forthcoming “mysterious” new menu item — which will most likely be the year-old “Quesalupa,” or as Conan O’Brein eloquently nicknamed it, the “case of lupus” — offering customers the option to pre-order the meal online before its big debut on Sunday.  [More]

Pizza Hut Offering Stuffed Garlic Knots Pizzas Sprinkled With $100 Worth Of Gold For Super Bowl Sunday

Pizza Hut Offering Stuffed Garlic Knots Pizzas Sprinkled With $100 Worth Of Gold For Super Bowl Sunday

For all those times when you’re in the mood to eat Pizza Hut, but just feel like you should be eating more precious metals with your cheese and sauce, the chain is putting an expensive twist on its new Stuffed Garlic Knots Pizza, by sprinkling a “nearly $100 worth” of edible gold on top. [More]

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GE To Phase Out CFL Bulbs In Favor Of LED

Both retailers and consumers are increasingly choosing higher-efficiency LED lights over incandescent and compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, and General Electric is responding, announcing plans to end CFL production in favor of providing more LED options.
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American Airlines Bringing Back Free Snacks, Meals On Some Flights

American Airlines Bringing Back Free Snacks, Meals On Some Flights

Nearly two months after United Airlines said it would turn back the clock and start providing passengers with free nibbles, American Airlines is also jumping on the snack bandwagon, once again offering complimentary treats — and, on some flights, free meals — to economy-class travelers. [More]