General Mills Thinks You’re Stupid, But Decides To Not Take Customers’ Legal Rights Away After All

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While all sorts of big-name financial, tech, e-commerce, and telecom companies have been trying to take away consumers’ right to sue by inserting forced-arbitration clauses in their contracts and terms of service, it seemed ridiculous to think that the makers of cereal would resort to such deviousness, or how they would even be able to do it. But last week, General Mills tried, adding language to its website that stripped certain customers of their access to legal redress against the company. Realizing that maybe this might tick off an awful lot of people, the company has backed off this policy change. [More]

Aereo CEO: Don’t Blame Us Because We Built A Better Antenna

Aereo CEO: Don’t Blame Us Because We Built A Better Antenna

Next Tuesday, lawyers for the nation’s broadcast networks and streaming video startup Aereo will square off in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in a case where a victory by either side carries with it potentially huge implications for everything from over-the-air TV to all cloud-based technology. Since he won’t be the one talking to the Supremes, AEREO CEO Chet Kanojia has been making the interview rounds to make his case to the public. [More]

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Chipotle Hiking Prices For First Time In Three Years Because It’s Just So Popular

Chipotle knows you like it, there’s no need to be coy. And because its popularity is growing, the company seems pretty confident customers will still come back for tacos and burritos once it raises prices for the first time in three years. And you all helped it feel that way, so good job…? [More]

GM Test Drivers Knew Of Ignition Problem In 2006

GM Test Drivers Knew Of Ignition Problem In 2006

Another data point on the General Motors ignition recall timeline has been filled in with the latest revelation that test drivers for the car maker’s Cadillac division spotted the problem eight years ago, possibly leading to a hush-hush design tweak in the switch. [More]

Walmart Continues Its Foray Into The Financial Industry With New Money Transfer Service

Walmart Continues Its Foray Into The Financial Industry With New Money Transfer Service

Walmart’s one-stop-shop just gained new ground. Instead of traipsing to Western Union or another money transfer storefront, you can just send dear old grandma a few bucks once you’ve finished grocery shopping at the superstore. [More]

Of Course There Are Dance Parties For Kids At NYC Nightclubs

Of Course There Are Dance Parties For Kids At NYC Nightclubs

When I was a little girl, I dreamed about standing in really long lines to get into a place filled with blaring music and people packed so tightly your ribs felt like they’d never be whole again. That’s not true (my dreams involved drinking legally at the annual summer music festival) but then again, I didn’t grow up in New York City, where kids these days can fulfill all (or most) of their clubbing dreams at a young age. [More]

It’s Baaaaaaack: KFC Is Resurrecting The Double Down

It’s Baaaaaaack: KFC Is Resurrecting The Double Down

It’s been a long four years since we first met the KFC Double Down. And while many fast food frankensandwiches have since sought to bottle that starshine and bring it to their own offerings, nothing we’ve seen since has captured the country’s interest quite like that bacon and cheese sandwich with fried chicken “buns.” And now it’s reportedly coming back to delight/disgust the nation yet again. [More]

Study: Giving Employees More Coffee Leads To More Ethical Workplace Behavior

Study: Giving Employees More Coffee Leads To More Ethical Workplace Behavior

There might be something to the saying “my day doesn’t start until my second cup of coffee.” Okay, maybe I’m the only one that says it, but we could all probably use a little more caffeine in the morning. A new study suggests that the stimulant helps keep employees honest. Cue bosses loading the kitchenette cabinets with bags of coffee. [More]

Detroit Selling Foreclosed Homes For $1,000 In City’s Latest Attempt To Rebuild

Detroit Selling Foreclosed Homes For $1,000 In City’s Latest Attempt To Rebuild

Neighborhoods in Detroit are in for some extreme, and much needed, renovations. In an effort to rehabilitate neighborhoods and get occupants into previously foreclosed properties, the city is auctioning off properties for as little as $1,000 starting next month. [More]

Startup Offers Free Printing On College Campuses In Exchange For Ads On Pages

Startup Offers Free Printing On College Campuses In Exchange For Ads On Pages

Is there any service in your life that you wouldn’t mind getting for free if it were ad-supported? Even as we work in “paperless” offices, some things need to exist as hard copies. For college students, there are enough items in need of printing out that a student-run startup now offers free printing…in exchange for ads plastered on each page. [More]

Ask Tax Dad: Doula Deductions, Pension Distributions, And The Sandwich Generation

Ask Tax Dad: Doula Deductions, Pension Distributions, And The Sandwich Generation

Historically, our staff Certified Tax Cat has handled readers’ questions about taxes, but he took feline early retirement and hung up his oversized eyeglasses. Filling in for him is Laura’s dad, a retired accountant and real live independent tax preparer. Exclusively on Consumerist, Tax Dad answers your questions. [More]

Google Also Seeking To Hasten Robot Apocalypse With Acquisition Of Drone Company

Google Also Seeking To Hasten Robot Apocalypse With Acquisition Of Drone Company

In a move that can only logically result in a flying army of sentient, autonomous machines intent on harvesting humans, Google announced today that it is buying startup drone-maker Titan Aerospace. [More]

T-Mobile Axes Overage Fees, Urges Fellow Wireless Providers To Follow Suit

T-Mobile Axes Overage Fees, Urges Fellow Wireless Providers To Follow Suit

In its newest attempt to take over, and make over, the look of wireless service, T-Mobile unveiled its latest ploy to attract customers: no more overage charges to consumer plans. [More]

Under that egg and other stuff is apparently a grilled cheese sandwich.

What’s In A $100 Grilled Cheese Sandwich?

I have a hard time justifying paying $3.50 to my corner deli for a grilled cheese sandwich when I’ve got all the makings of the comfort food classic in my fridge. So I’m having some difficulty imagining what it would take to get me to fork over $100 (plus tax and tip, etc.) for any sandwich, let alone a grilled cheese. [More]

Actress Wants Pharmacy To Pay Her $6M For Using Photo Of Her Outside The Store

Actress Wants Pharmacy To Pay Her $6M For Using Photo Of Her Outside The Store

Famous people! Isn’t it funny how they also get stuffy noses, use cotton swabs and sometimes just need a bag of fun-size candy bars, like other humans do? Sure, celebrities shop at the pharmacy. It’s where the toilet paper is when you need it. But Katherine Heigl, an actress from movies about too many bridesmaids dresses, doesn’t like that New York City chain Duane Reade is allegedly using a paparazzi pic of her shopping at the store as part of its advertising efforts. [More]

Comcast To Senate: “Bigger Is A Good Thing”

Comcast To Senate: “Bigger Is A Good Thing”

This morning, executives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable attempted to make a case to the Senate Judiciary Committee for the proposed $45 billion merger of the two companies, and the skeptical panel of lawmakers wanted to know what benefits this combination of the country’s two largest cable/Internet providers would bring to anyone other than the companies’ shareholders and the TWC execs who will be given huge paychecks to leave the merged company. [More]

Carrabba’s Co-Founder Arrested Twice In Three Days At Texas Winery He Once Co-Owned

Carrabba’s Co-Founder Arrested Twice In Three Days At Texas Winery He Once Co-Owned

Sometimes you just need a little wine. But word to the wise: don’t steal it from the winery you used to co-own and definitely don’t come back to said winery the next day wielding a hammer and tormenting the employees. If you do you might end up like a Texas restaurateur who was arrested twice in three days last week. [More]

15 Things People Of All Ages Need To Know About Long-Term Care Insurance

15 Things People Of All Ages Need To Know About Long-Term Care Insurance

Welcome to the fourth installment in a “How To Not Suck…” series on buying insurance. Previous posts looked at auto insurance, homeowner’s coverage, and life insurance, and next week we’ll look at disability plans.

No one wants to think they’ll be unable to take care of themselves, but it’s likely to happen eventually, with one study saying there’s a 70% chance you’ll need some kind of care after age 65. Today, we’re thinking to the future. Long-term care insurance will help pay the bills should you need some kind of care, so you had better learn How To Not Suck… At Long-Term Care Insurance. [More]