Taco Bell recalls 2.3 million pounds of season beef possibly contaminated with metal shavings

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Taco Bell immediately recalled around 2.3 million pounds of seasoned beef from its restaurants and distribution centers after a customer complained of finding a metal shaving in an order. The company’s supplier Kenosha Beef International also issued a voluntary call of its seasoned beef possibly contaminated with foreign matter specifically metal shaving. Kenosha produced the contaminated seasoned beef product at one plant and were sent Taco Bell’s distribution centers in Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virgiania. Taco Bell and Kenosha reported the recall to the U.S. Department of…

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Refunds: FTC sending checks to consumers defrauded by LifeLock, Pro Timeshare Resales

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is sending refunds to customers deceived by LifeLock and to those defrauded by Pro Timeshare Resales, LLC. According to the FTC, the total amount of the consumer refunds is $33.7 million including $31 million from LifeLock and $2.7 million from Pro Time Share Resales. The refunds were part of the consumer watchdog’s settlement agreements with both companies. LifeLock consumers will receive checks with an average amount $29 In 2015, LifeLock agreed to pay $100 million to settle the FTC’s lawsuit alleging that the identity theft…

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AB 1313: This new California law eliminates schools’ counterproductive debt collection practices

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One of the problems confronting young Americans is their outstanding student loan debt, which oftentimes serves as a hindrance to their success. At present, More than 44 million Americans have outstanding student loan debt totaling over $1.5 trillion. Therefore, the United States has a student debt crisis. California Governor Gavin Newson recently signed into law legislation that would help alleviate the crisis by ensuring students can pursue educational and career opportunities. The state’s newly-approved law, AB 1313, the Educational Debt Collection Practices Act, prohibits private and public postsecondary schools’ existing…

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Using e-cigarettes or vaping is bad for your health, period

Millions of people worldwide are now using e-cigarettes or vaping, which are marketed as an alternative way to quit or reduce smoking tobacco—the leading cause of lung cancer, tuberculosis, and other chronic respiratory illnesses and even death. E-cigarettes are also called e-cigs, e-hookahs, electronic nicotine delivery systems, vape pens, vapes and tanks systems. These are battery-powered devices containing liquid nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other chemicals and flavorings that are converted into aerosol, which users inhale into their lungs. Take note that e-cigarettes contain nicotine, the highly addictive chemical found in…

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AdvoCare to pay $150 million for allegedly operating a pyramid scheme

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Is AdvoCare International operating a pyramid scheme? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said so in its lawsuit against the company, its former CEO Connolly, top promoters Danny and Diane McDaniel and distributors Carlton and Lisa Hardman. AdvoCare is selling weight-management and sports performance products using a multi-level marketing strategy. The company is based in Plano, Texas. Details of the settlement agreement between AdvoCare and FTC On Wednesday, the FTC announced the AdvoCare together with the other defendants agreed to settle its allegations against them and agreed to pay a monetary…

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REFUND: FTC sending checks to victims of student loan debt relief scam

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is sending more than $5.4 million in refunds to thousands of consumers who were victims of student loan debt relief scam. The refunds were part of a 2018 settlement agreement between the FTC and five student debt relief scam operators who bilked millions of dollars from consumers. These scammers, who operated their schemes using multiple names (see list below), falsely claimed that consumers who paid an upfront fee of up to $1,000 were qualified or approved for loan forgiveness or reduced monthly payments.  In fact,…

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Health Officials Warns of Severe Pulmonary Disease Outbreak Linked to E-cigarettes

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Health officials are warning consumers regarding a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping devices. E-cigarettes are devices that deliver an aerosol to the user by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals. Some users use e-cigarette devices for smoking marijuana or other substances. At least 215 possible cases of severe pulmonary disease linked to the use of e-cigarettes have been reported in 25 states as of August 27. An adult in Illinois died of severe respiratory illness following…

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Equifax settlement includes $425 million fund for consumers affected by data breach

Equifax reached a settlement agreement to resolve a nationwide lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and 50 U.S. states and territories. The complaint was related to the 2017 massive data breach that affected approximately 147 million consumers. Details of the settlement agreement Under the settlement agreement, Equifax will pay up to $700 million to resolve the lawsuit as part of the comprehensive settlement with the FTC, CFPB and 50 U.S. states and territories. The settlement includes $425 million fund for consumers affected…

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