Court Denies Bid To Keep Recalled GM Cars Off Road

Court Denies Bid To Keep Recalled GM Cars Off Road

A U.S. District Court judge in Texas has put the brakes on an attempt to compel General Motors to tell owners of recalled vehicles to keep their cars parked pending repairs. [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]

Appeals Court Denies SeaWorld’s Attempt To Overturn OSHA Violation

Appeals Court Denies SeaWorld’s Attempt To Overturn OSHA Violation

The main reason that people nominated and voted for SeaWorld in our recently concluded Worst Company In America tournament was the controversy — highlighted in the documentary Blackfish — over its treatment of orca whales and, more precisely, the multiple deaths that have been tied to one particular whale. SeaWorld has been fighting workplace safety citations issued following the 2010 death of a trainer, but today a federal appeals court ruled against the park. [More]

Bank Of America Ordered To Repay Consumers $727M For Sketchy Marketing Practices

Bank Of America Ordered To Repay Consumers $727M For Sketchy Marketing Practices

Bank of America just received a hefty bill from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to repay $727 million to consumers wronged by the bank’s deceptive marketing practices regarding credit card add-on products. [More]

Toyota Recalls 6.4 Million Vehicles Worldwide

Toyota Recalls 6.4 Million Vehicles Worldwide

Toyota Motor Corp. announced today that it is recalling 6.39 million vehicles worldwide for a variety of problems including issues with seat rails, airbag deployment and steer columns. This marks the companies third million-vehicle recall in five years. [More]

Study Finds Produce, Restaurants Most Likely To Give Consumers Foodborne Illnesses

Study Finds Produce, Restaurants Most Likely To Give Consumers Foodborne Illnesses

There’s now another compelling reason to eat at home rather than going out. And if you’re preparing a meal at home make sure you wash your produce. A new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest finds that consumers are twice as likely to get food poisoning from food prepared at a restaurant than food prepared at home, and illnesses at home are most often linked to our love of all things produce. [More]

Congratulations To Comcast, Your 2014 Worst Company In America!

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Four years since winning its first Worst Company tournament, Comcast’s doubted that the Kabletown Krusher could ever regain that 2010 form. But after a few years of letting others hold the title, Comcast was fiercely intent on bringing a second Golden Poo to its Philadelphia lair. And in one of the narrowest Final Death Matches in the centuries’ long history of WCIA battle, Comcast managed to hold the genetically modified body blows of Monsanto. [More]

GM Unsure If Or How To Compensate Ignition-Switch Victims, Could End Up Facing Criminal Case

GM Unsure If Or How To Compensate Ignition-Switch Victims, Could End Up Facing Criminal Case

Roughly 7 million cars and trucks recalled, at least 13 confirmed deaths tied to one faulty part, and a decade-long cover-up all adds up to one surefire thing: GM is getting dragged to court. But which court? In the midst of all the pending suits, shouting senators, Capitol Hill hearings, and other legalese, there’s still one big question up in the air for General Motors: is this mess only going to cost them money, or did they screw up badly enough to face criminal charges, too? [More]

Comcast Or Monsanto: Who Will Win The Worst Company In America 2014 Final Death Match?

Comcast Or Monsanto: Who Will Win The Worst Company In America 2014 Final Death Match?

A seed company and a cable company are all that remain of the 32 bad businesses that paraded into the Worst Company In America Arenadome only a few weeks back. One is a battle-tested vet with a Golden Poo on its mantlepiece; the other a tournament newcomer who doesn’t seem put off by its competitor’s years of experience. Both of today’s Final Death Match contenders dream of a world where they are the only supplier in their respective industries, and will go to any means necessary to make that dream a reality. [More]

Who Will Go Head-To-Head In The Worst Company In America Final Death Match?

Who Will Go Head-To-Head In The Worst Company In America Final Death Match?

When the sun rose this morning over the Worst Company In America Salvage Yard, awakening Rusty the lazy junkyard dog who couldn’t scare off a squirrel, four battered, bruised, nauseated, and bed-headed contenders greeted the dawn in contemplative silence, knowing that two of them would be gone by sundown. In their hearts, they hoped to survive the day while the doubting devils whispering in their ears reminded them that a loss could bring sweet relief, an end to the ceaseless brutality of the last few weeks; a victory just meant one more brawl. Now, as we cart the defeated off the battlefield, we leave behind one tournament vet and one WCIA rookie to prepare for Monday’s Final Death Match. [More]

GM CEO & NHTSA Director Admit Maybe They Messed Up This Ignition Recall

GM CEO & NHTSA Director Admit Maybe They Messed Up This Ignition Recall

This afternoon, two people who inherited the crud-storm that is GM’s ongoing, massive ignition-related recall sat before lawmakers in Congress and tried to both defend their respective organizations while admitting that mistakes were made, resulting in at least 13 deaths. [More]

Time Warner Cable Ekes Out Another Win, To Face Monsanto In Worst Company Quarterfinals!

Time Warner Cable Ekes Out Another Win, To Face Monsanto In Worst Company Quarterfinals!

Two weeks ago, 32 bad businesses entered the Worst Company in America velodrome. But since they didn’t all bring their racing bikes with them, they just began beating the holy snot out of each other for our readers’ amusement. Giants fell, upstarts pulled upsets, and battle-hardened vets relived their glory days when they could more easily lay claim to the Golden Poo. Now, after two rounds of out-and-out, completely organized mayhem, eight contenders still stand, but to quote the greatest movie ever made in the history of films with the word “highlander” in the title: There can be only one. [More]

Beware Of Scammers Using The Washington Mudslide To Profit Off Your Generosity

Beware Of Scammers Using The Washington Mudslide To Profit Off Your Generosity

As the Washington mudslide death toll continues to rise and many people remain missing, you may feel the urge to donate to charities poised to help the victims. Donating to the cause is commendable, but unfortunately there are evil people in this world who take one person’s misfortune and use it for their personal gain. So the Federal Trade Commission is once again reminding consumers to be wary of charity scams. [More]

15 Things You Need To Know About Life Insurance

15 Things You Need To Know About Life Insurance

This is the third post in a multipart “How To Not Suck…” series on insurance. Previous installments looked at auto insurance and homeowner’s coverage. Future posts will look at long-term care, and disability insurance.

If you make it through your house burning down and that car accident, you might think you’ve got a the nine lives of a cat. But those nine lives will run out eventually, so you had better learn how to not suck… at picking a life insurance policy. [More]

Multiple GM Recalls Announced For Steering, Transmission & Drive Shaft Issues

Multiple GM Recalls Announced For Steering, Transmission & Drive Shaft Issues

While General Motors execs prepare to go before Congress in the morning to explain why it took more than a decade and at least 13 deaths to issue a recall on more than two million vehicles, the carmaker announced three new, separate recalls — totaling nearly 2 million vehicles — for potential problems with the power steering, transmission, and drive shaft. [More]

Timeline Shows GM & NHTSA Failed On Multiple Occasions To Prevent Deaths Tied To Ignition Switch Recall

Timeline Shows GM & NHTSA Failed On Multiple Occasions To Prevent Deaths Tied To Ignition Switch Recall

In advance of Tuesday’s hearing before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations regarding the ongoing recall of more than 2 million GM vehicles for ignition-related problems tied to at least 13 deaths, the Committee on Energy and Commerce has released a detailed timeline of events, including all the times at which the carmaker or regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration could have alerted the public to the defect. [More]

Stories You Might Have Missed Because You Were Too Busy Being Awesome

Stories You Might Have Missed Because You Were Too Busy Being Awesome

We post a lot of stories during the week, and we know that most of you have jobs, families, lives, hobbies, nagging itches and other more important things to do than read every single thing we write. So for those who might be playing catch-up on the weekend, here are some of the things you might have missed… [More]

GM Adds 971,000 Vehicles To Ignition Recall, Confirms 13th Death Tied To Defect

GM Adds 971,000 Vehicles To Ignition Recall, Confirms 13th Death Tied To Defect

Not a good way to end the week for General Motors, which not only added 971,000 vehicles to the ignition-related recall that had already been issued for 1.6 million cars, it also confirmed that the defect is indeed tied to 13 deaths. [More]