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Walgreens, Duane Reade To Pay $500,000 For Overcharging, Misleading Customers

When you see a “sale” price on a store shelf, you expect to pay that price at the register. When you see something marked as a “Great Buy,” you might believe that it’s been discounted. And when a store advertises a “Last Chance” or “Clearance” sale, you probably have reason to think that those items won’t be in stock much longer. But Walgreens — and its subsidiary Duane Reade — have different ways of thinking about the above scenarios, and it’s gotten them into trouble with the state of New York. [More]

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Legislators Put The Kibosh On New York’s Tampon Sales Tax

Tampons are about to get a little bit cheaper for New York residents, after the state’s senate unanimously approved a bill that exempts feminine hygiene products from sales tax. [More]

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New York Bill Would Require Drivers Involved In Crashes To Submit Phones To “Textalyzer”

Would a requirement to submit your phone to field testing to determine if you were texting or otherwise using the device before a motor vehicle crash prevent you from engaging in distracted driving? That’s the hope behind recently introduced legislation in New York and a device being dubbed a “textalyzer.”  [More]

DraftKings, FanDuel Stop Doing Business In New York State

DraftKings, FanDuel Stop Doing Business In New York State

In the middle of their courtroom fight with New York state over the legality of daily fantasy sports [DFS] contests, both DraftKings and FanDuel have agreed to stop doing business with Empire State residents. [More]

Appeals Court Reinstates Fraud Case Against Trump University

Appeals Court Reinstates Fraud Case Against Trump University

Back in Aug. 2013, the New York state attorney general’s office sued Donald Trump and Trump University, alleging that the for-profit investment school had tricked students out of $40 million by misleading them into thinking they were paying for a licensed education program with instructors handpicked by Trump. Today, a state appeals court panel breathed new life into the lawsuit, meaning the fraud case can move forward. [More]

Morgan Stanley To Pay $3.2 Billion To Settle State & Federal Mortgage Cases

Morgan Stanley To Pay $3.2 Billion To Settle State & Federal Mortgage Cases

Almost exactly a year after Morgan Stanley agreed to pay $2.6 billion to close the books on a Department of Justice investigation related to it role in the subprime mortgage crisis, the company is set to pay another $3.2 billion to settle federal and state allegations that it deceived investors in toxic mortgage-backed securities. [More]

Citi Now Blocking DraftKings, FanDuel Transactions In New York State

Citi Now Blocking DraftKings, FanDuel Transactions In New York State

With the legality of daily fantasy sports [DFS] sites like DraftKings and FanDuel currently tied up in legal limbo for New York residents, Citigroup confirmed today that it is now blocking its customers in the state from transacting any business with either site. [More]

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New York Attorney General Calls For Caps On Ticket Resale Prices, Outlawing Of Scalper Bots

When you go to buy tickets for a popular concert or sporting event, you likely know that you’ll ultimately have to make your purchase from a ticket reseller who will mark up the price to try maximize their profit. But the New York state attorney general is calling on the state legislature to put new rules into place that would protect consumers from scalpers who swoop in and buy up every ticket before they are available to actual fans. [More]

New York City Bans Hoverboards On Buses, Trains

New York City Bans Hoverboards On Buses, Trains

If you live in New York City and plan to ride the subway or hop on a city bus, you better leave your “hoverboard” at home. The state’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Wednesday that it is banning the self-balancing scooters from public transportation over fire safety concerns.  [More]

New York Program Will Pay For Two Years Of Recent Graduates’ Student Loans

New York Program Will Pay For Two Years Of Recent Graduates’ Student Loans

For many recent graduates, repaying their education debt obligations can be a struggle. For some in New York, that struggle just got a little less cumbersome thanks to a recently launched student loan forgiveness program that aims to help the debtors land on their feet after graduation.

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New York Company Says It Will Be The First To Offer Kosher Certified Medical Marijuana

New York Company Says It Will Be The First To Offer Kosher Certified Medical Marijuana

There are all kinds of foods that can be kosher, so why not marijuana? A pot grower in New York says its products have been certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, and will be ready to go when the state’s medical pot program starts up in January. [More]

30 Online Retailers Agree To Stop Selling Toy Guns That Look Like The Real Thing To New York Residents

30 Online Retailers Agree To Stop Selling Toy Guns That Look Like The Real Thing To New York Residents

After an investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a long list of online retailers that sold authentic-looking toy guns through Amazon.com have now agreed to stop peddling the toys to state residents.

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New Yorkers: Here’s How To Help Make Sure You Get The Internet Speed You Pay For

Back in October, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent letters to three of the state’s biggest broadband providers — Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, and Verizon — seeking information about the connection speeds they market to consumers and the speeds they actually deliver. Now, the state is asking for consumers’ help in seeing if these Internet service providers are being honest. [More]

Not So Fast, New York: DraftKings Says It’s Still Able To Operate In New York State

Not So Fast, New York: DraftKings Says It’s Still Able To Operate In New York State

Earlier this morning, a New York Supreme Court judge granted the state’s temporary injunction against DraftKings and FanDuel, blocking the daily fantasy sports (DFS) sites from doing business in the state, pending the outcome of the state’s lawsuit against them. However, DraftKings says it was able to hold off this injunction, allowing the site to remain in operation in the Empire State for the time being. [More]

Court Temporarily Blocks DraftKings, FanDuel From Doing Business In New York State

Court Temporarily Blocks DraftKings, FanDuel From Doing Business In New York State

UPDATE: DraftKings says it was able to get the court to hold off on enforcing the injunction pending an appeal of today’s ruling. That means DraftKings will remain operational in New York state for the time being. [More]

Consumer Advocates Ask Regulators To Investigate T-Mobile Over Advertising, Debt Collection Practices

Consumer Advocates Ask Regulators To Investigate T-Mobile Over Advertising, Debt Collection Practices

Those two-year mobile phone contracts we all signed for so long became a relic of the past pretty quickly over the last two years, with national providers all abandoning ship. T-Mobile moved to “contract freedom” almost two years ago now, and has since then continued to make a big deal over the fact that their users are neither locked into time-locked agreements nor face old-school high data overage fees.

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Walmart Employee Says He Was Fired For Waiting 30 Minutes To Turn In $350 He Found In Parking Lot

Walmart Employee Says He Was Fired For Waiting 30 Minutes To Turn In $350 He Found In Parking Lot

A maintenance employee for Walmart thought he was doing the right thing by handing over a stack of bills totaling $350 that he found discarded in the store’s parking lot. But instead of being thanked for his honesty, the man says he was fired because he waited 30 minutes before handing over the cash.  [More]

DraftKings Tries To Make Its Case That Daily Fantasy Sports Are Not Gambling

DraftKings Tries To Make Its Case That Daily Fantasy Sports Are Not Gambling

A week after New York state sued DraftKings, alleging that the daily fantasy sports (DFS) site is an illegal gambling operation, DraftKings has filed a brief with the court to make its argument that DFS isn’t gambling at all. [More]