DOT Fines Asiana Airlines $500K For Failing To Help Passengers’ Families After July Crash

DOT Fines Asiana Airlines $500K For Failing To Help Passengers’ Families After July Crash

In the first fine of its kind, the U.S. Department of Transportation has penalized Asiana Airlines with a $500,000 fee for not helping family members of passengers on a flight that crashed last year at San Francisco Airport. Three people died and dozens more were injured when Asiana Flight 214 clipped a seawall during its landing. [More]

Walmart Employees & Supporters Planning Black Friday Protests At 1,500 Stores

Walmart Employees & Supporters Planning Black Friday Protests At 1,500 Stores

Just like last year, Walmart associates and other supporters in communities across the country are planning on protesting at a number of stores on Black Friday, about 1,500 locations this time around. At the heart of those campaigns are supporters’ concerns over 825,000 Walmart workers who are paid less than $25,000 a year, alleged illegal retaliation against workers and improved labor standards. [More]

Google Settles Multi-State Safari Ad-Tracking Complaint For $17 Million

Google Settles Multi-State Safari Ad-Tracking Complaint For $17 Million

Apple’s Safari browser has a default setting that blocks websites from setting third-party cookies that can be used to track users’ browsing behavior. But for about nine months in 2011-2012, Google’s DoubleClick ad serving service was able to get around that roadblock in order to provide user-specific ads to people with Apple computers and, more importantly, users of iPhones and iPads. Google has already been hit with a $22.5 million federal penalty, and today it has agreed to settle a multi-state claim for an additional $17 million. [More]

Toyota To Pay At Least $3 Million In Sudden Acceleration Wrongful-Death Suit

Toyota To Pay At Least $3 Million In Sudden Acceleration Wrongful-Death Suit

Only two weeks after a California jury sided with Toyota in a wrongful-death lawsuit related to claims of sudden unintended acceleration in one of its vehicles, a jury in Oklahoma City has found that the car-maker is to blame for a separate incident that killed a woman in 2007. [More]

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Walgreens To Pay $80 Million In Settlement Over Black Market Painkillers

Walgreens — or, as known by its proper name, Walgreen — has agreed to pony up a whopping $80 million to settle claims by the government that it was negligent in allowing painkillers to end up on the black market. It’s the largest settlement in the history of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is the result of an investigation into a distribution center in Florida that had been receiving a high number of prescription pain meds from six pharmacies in the state. [More]

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Spirit Airlines Switches Customer Help Numbers From Toll-Free 800 To Not-Free 801 Area Code

Need help from Spirit Airlines? It’ll cost you now: the company that brought us carry-on bag fees is cutting corners yet again, by switching its customer help numbers from the toll-free 800 area code to the not-so-free 801 area code. Of course, that change will likely only affect customers calling from a landline, at about $0.05 to $0.18 per minute. In any case, we’re not surprised. [More]

Barclays Bank To Pay $450 Million To Settle Charges That It Manipulated Interest Rates

Barclays Bank To Pay $450 Million To Settle Charges That It Manipulated Interest Rates

Barclays Bank has agreed to pay out more than $450 million in settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission and the British Financial Services Authority. Those entities said the bank had tried to manipulate key interest rates, which in turn affect mortgages, student loans and more. [More]

Walgreens To Pay $7.9 Million To Make Prescriptions Controversy Go Away

Walgreens To Pay $7.9 Million To Make Prescriptions Controversy Go Away

Walgreens owes a pretty penny to the U.S. Department of Justice, specifically, $7.9 million to make a little prescription controversy to go away. The government said Walgreens illegally tried to get federal health care beneficiaries to switch their prescriptions to Walgreens pharmacies. [More]

Man Receives $44 Million Hospital Bill For $300 Worth Of Treatments

Man Receives $44 Million Hospital Bill For $300 Worth Of Treatments

The good news is that Alexis isn’t going to have to pay the $44 million bill he received after a hospital treated his pneumonia. The bad is that hundreds of others also received ridiculous bills after a billing company made the teensy error of entering the invoice numbers into the amount due box. Woopsies. [More]

Woman Rejects Honda Settlement, Claims Her Civic Didn't Live Up To Its Advertised Gas Mileage

Woman Rejects Honda Settlement, Claims Her Civic Didn't Live Up To Its Advertised Gas Mileage

Not content with a proposed settlement from Honda over claims that their Civic Hybrids don’t live up to their advertised gas mileage, a woman is bringing the car manufacturers to small-claims court to get what she thinks is her due. [More]

HTC Damaged My Phone During Warranty Inspection, Refuses To Fix

HTC Damaged My Phone During Warranty Inspection, Refuses To Fix

Consumerist reader Travis needed to replace a digitizer on his HTC HD2 phone, so he went through the usual channels and contacted the company’s warranty center to get the process going. From then on, everything went downhill. [More]

Fetch.io Account Suspended For Overdue Sum of No Dollars

Fetch.io Account Suspended For Overdue Sum of No Dollars

Things can get really tight when it comes to bills, and now and then, having your account suspended due to nonpayment… well, it’s happened to many of us. But what if you don’t owe anything and are then held accountable for not paying that overdue amount of $0? Such was the case for Consumerist reader John W. [More]