New Rule Will Stop Many Nursing Homes From Stripping Residents Of Their Right To Sue

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As we’ve written about previously, some nursing homes and other long-term care facilities use forced arbitration contracts to prevent their residents bringing a legal action against the home in a court of law. Today, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a new rule that will prohibit long-term care facilities that accept Medicare or Medicaid from forcing residents into arbitration. [More]

HSN Apparently Not Happy With “Skincare Solutions” Doctor Accused Of Buying Drugs

HSN Apparently Not Happy With “Skincare Solutions” Doctor Accused Of Buying Drugs

If you’re in the market for skincare products from the Home Shopping Network, you might be out of luck, as the company removed every trace of well-known host Dr. Sheldon Sevinor — and his products — from its website after the plastic surgeon’s arrest for allegedly buying cocaine.  [More]

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Report: Sears Holdings, Claire’s, Rue 21 At Risk Of Bankruptcy And Liquidation

Think of your favorite troubled or defunct retailer: does it or did it have a reason to exist? That’s the deceptively simple question raised in a new report from financial ratings firm Fitch Ratings, which predicts that the combination of e-commerce, disinterest in malls, and a lack of strong brand identity for some troubled retailers could spell doom in the next year or so. [More]

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Ford Recalls 74K Focus Hatchbacks Over Latch Issues

For the past two years Ford has dealt with a number of issues related to not being able to keep the doors of its vehicles shut, from an investigation by federal regulators to the recall of millions of cars. Today, those issues continue, albeit in a different manner, as the carmaker recalled 74,000 hatchbacks with hatches that can open while the car is moving.  [More]

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Strippers Say Law Barring Under-21 Dancers Violates First, Fourteenth Amendments

A group of exotic dancers in Louisiana say a new state law barring women under the age of 21 from stripping is a violation of their constitutional rights. [More]

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Uber Acquires Trucking Company, Wants To Sell Freight Services

Consumers know Uber as a replacement for short-range taxis, but the company has other transportation goals. The company recently acquired Otto, a startup that’s developing self-driving trucks. While autonomous vehicles zooming freight across the country are its long-term goal, Uber plans get into the long-haul trucking business long before self-driving trucks are the norm. [More]

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Is There Trouble In The Carbonated Waters For LaCroix Parent Company?

While LaCroix may be seen as the comeback kid, transforming from the seltzer your mom used to drink to a libation treasured anew by the millennial gang, there could be trouble ahead for the brand’s parent company. [More]

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Have Aetna? The Health Insurer Might Pay For Your Apple Watch

Do you think an Apple Watch will help keep your health on track? Health insurance provider Aetna thinks it might, and plans to subsidize the cost of the device for some customers.  [More]

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Report: Some Replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones Still Too Hot To Handle

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was officially recalled about two weeks ago, because it has this way of potentially catching fire or exploding — both pretty horrible traits in a smartphone (or anything else, really). New, non-defective units are in, so owners have been swapping out their old phones and new consumers have been buying up the new ones, too. Except reports say those may not be quite right, either. [More]

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Booze-Serving Utah Theater Can’t Open Until Bar Is Hidden

While it’s perfectly legal to enjoy an alcoholic beverage in Utah, the state has certain restrictions that any business has to comply with before it can serve boozy drinks. That’s why a new arts center planned for Salt Lake City has to make some changes before it can open up to the public. [More]

IKEA Customers Continue To Report Issues With Massive Malm Dresser Recall

IKEA Customers Continue To Report Issues With Massive Malm Dresser Recall

Three months after IKEA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission took the unprecedented step in recalling 29 million top-heavy Malm and other models of dressers and chests linked to the deaths of six children, some consumers are reporting issues when it comes to receiving repair kits, returning the dressers, or receiving refunds. [More]

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CVS: Nope, We Aren’t Bringing Back The Target Pharmacy Bottles Everyone Loves

When Target reported its last batch of quarterly results, CEO Brian Cornell noted that visits to its in-store pharmacies were down after the conversion of those pharmacies to mini CVS stores. Readers explained to us why they left, and a popular reason was that CVS ditched Target’s easy-to-use red prescription bottles. Some customers held on to hope that CVS would deploy the bottles across its whole chain now that it owns the patent. Now we know the answer: nope. [More]

Southwest’s “No Gotchas” Airfare Sale Comes With Its Fair Share Of Gotchas

Southwest’s “No Gotchas” Airfare Sale Comes With Its Fair Share Of Gotchas

We all know that airfare sales generally come with all sorts of strings attached — restrictions on dates, routes, and seat types are to be expected — but if you’re going to advertise a sale as having “no gotchas,” then it’s a bit disingenuous to have nearly 400 words of mouseprint conditions full of restrictions. [More]

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Woman’s Lawyer Explains Why Dead Husband’s Entrails Were In Her Checked Baggage

Of all the things one might expect customs officials to find in a traveler’s luggage, preserved intestines might not be your everyday occurrence. That’s why airport workers in Graz, Austria wanted to check in with the police when they found the entrails of a woman’s dead husband in her checked baggage. [More]

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Amid Complaints Of Exploding Samsung Washing Machines, Safety Agency Says To Use Delicate Cycle

Some owners of Samsung top-loading washing machines say their appliances exploded while in normal use. Now, federal safety regulators have confirmed they are looking into the matter and are advising Samsung owners on the best way to avoid the potential problem.
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Ahead Of Tomorrow’s Vote, Several Senators Urge FCC To Approve Set-Top Box Plan

Tomorrow, at its monthly open meeting, the FCC will be voting on the most controversial rule it’s undertaken this year: whether, and how, to let consumers get out of paying their cable company a fee every month for mandatory set-top boxes.

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Senators Ask DOJ To Investigate Mylan Over Possible EpiPen Medicaid Fraud

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EpiPen maker Mylan might have thought that dealing with the public shaming of a congressional hearing would be the low point of its ongoing price-hike scandal, but lawmakers continue to scrutinize the drug company and are now calling for a federal investigation into the possibility that Mylan was deliberately mis-categorizing the emergency allergy medication in order to reap bigger payments from Medicaid. [More]

Walmart May Invest $1B In Flipkart To Fight Amazon Overseas

Walmart May Invest $1B In Flipkart To Fight Amazon Overseas

Walmart’s apparent plan to become more like Amazon wasn’t realized when the company launched its $50/year Prime-rival Shipping Pass or after the company snatched up e-commerce site Jet.com for $3.3 billion. But not one to give up, the big box retailer is now reportedly in talks to invest more than $1 billion in fellow Amazon competitor Flipkart.  [More]