Caroline E. Mayer
Role Name Type Last Updated Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Washington Post Source Jul 24, 2006
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jul 24, 2006 FDA Demands Lead-Free Lunchboxes
QUOTE: The Food and Drug Administration is urging makers of soft vinyl (PVC) lunchboxes to stop marketing any products that contain lead. The move is an abruptly different course than the one taken by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which has said that vinyl lunchboxes don't pose a health risk.
Washington Post Jun 04, 2006 The Next Niche: School Bus Ads: Mass. Firm's Radio Program Promises Sales With Safer Ride
QUOTE: "They are using traditional media to reach kids in an environment that up to now has been pretty noncommercial." And that...could make the concept controversial, especially at a time when a growing number of health professionals and government officials are calling for restrictions on marketing products--particularly junk food--to children.
Washington Post Jun 01, 2006 Banks Honor Bogus Checks and Scam Victims Pay
QUOTE: thousands of consumers...have been victimized by an increasingly common check scam that relies on the vagaries of the banking system to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers.
Washington Post May 03, 2006 Restraint Urged In Junk-Food Ads Aimed at Kids
QUOTE: In a jointly released report on food marketing and obesity, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Trade Commission said the industries should voluntarily set minimum nutrition standards for foods that can be marketed to children.
Washington Post Apr 19, 2006 Debt Collectors Seek To Auto-Dial Cellphones
QUOTE: Debt collectors are asking the Federal Communications Commission for permission to use automated dialers to call a debtor's cellphone about overdue bills... But a change in FCC rules in 2003 barred collectors from using such technology to call cellphones.
Washington Post Apr 14, 2006 Hazardous Egg Reappears on Store Shelves
QUOTE: The product, wrapped in orange and white foil, is popular abroad but has been banned in the United States since 1997. Even so, every Easter season, Kinder Surprise eggs appear on many store shelves.
Washington Post Mar 22, 2006 Netflix Settlement Gets Reworked After Protests
QUOTE: A proposed class-action settlement involving Netflix Inc. customers has been rewritten to address complaints that the agreement did little for consumers while rewarding the company and lawyers who filed the suit.
Washington Post Mar 21, 2006 Geico's Risk Criteria Challenged: Insurer Denies That Education and Occupation Are Used to Discriminate
QUOTE: According to an internal Geico document, the auto insurer uses drivers' levels of education and occupations in setting insurance rates. As a result, Consumer Federation of America argued, blue-collar workers with relatively low levels of education sometimes are charged almost twice as much as better-educated professionals, based on those criteria.
Washington Post Feb 25, 2006 'Phishing' Season For Tax Scammers: IRS Warns Public Of Phony E-Mails
QUOTE: Government officials say they are currently seeing about one widespread IRS-themed e-mail scam a week, but Internet security experts expect them to escalate as the April 15 tax deadline nears.
Washington Post Feb 16, 2006 Rules Would Limit Lawsuits: U.S. Agencies Seek To Preempt States
QUOTE: The Bush administration is using federal rulemaking to limit consumer rights to seek damages under state laws governing faulty products...Administration officials say they are simply writing into rules a long-standing policy previously voiced in many friend-of-the-court briefs filed in lawsuits. The FDA, for example, has intervened in a number of consumer cases filed under state laws against makers of drugs and medical devices, saying the companies should be protected from state laws because they followed federal rules.
Washington Post Jan 18, 2006 Protests Put Netflix Settlement On Hold
QUOTE: A proposed class-action settlement involving Netflix customers may be rewritten in response to complaints that the agreement does little for consumers while rewarding the company and the lawyers who filed the suit.
Washington Post Dec 02, 2005 Lawyers Ready Suit Over Soda
QUOTE: A coalition of lawyers who have actively and successfully sued tobacco companies says it is close to filing a class-action lawsuit against soft-drink makers for selling sugared sodas in schools.
Washington Post Oct 06, 2005 Bankruptcy Rules to Ease For Victims Of Disasters
QUOTE: The Justice Department's trustee program, which oversees bankruptcy courts, said it would relax the strict Chapter 7 rules for victims of hurricanes and other natural disasters...
Washington Post Sep 27, 2005 AmeriDebt Founder Allegedly Hid Funds: Court Addresses Bankruptcy Case, Lawyers Fees
QUOTE: Pukke has been accused ... of defrauding thousands of financially strapped consumers out of $172 million when they sought help from the Germantown credit-counseling firm.
Washington Post Sep 21, 2005 Ex-Telemarketers Settle FTC Charges in Do-Not-Call Scam
QUOTE: ...the telemarketers billed consumers' credit cards ...even though the consumers never agreed to buy [the service], the FTC said. ... the telemarketers did not even contact the consumers before billing them...
Washington Post Jul 29, 2005 FTC Wins Judgment Against Debt Firm: Collection Agency's Tactics Violated Consumer Protection Laws
QUOTE: The Federal Trade Commission has won a $10.2 million court judgment against a debt-collection operation, National Check Control, for intimidating consumers into paying debts by threatening lawsuits, jail or seizure of property or wages.
Washington Post Jul 28, 2005 Debt Collectors' Tactics Drawing More Complaints
QUOTE: Industry officials say the firms provide a real benefit to indebted consumers, letting them pay off their bills at steep discounts. But industry critics... say that for some firms, the demand to make a profit on the debts they purchase has resulted in the increasing use of heavy-handed, and sometimes illegal, tactics.
Washington Post Jul 28, 2005 To Protect Their Rights, Consumers Should Understand the Rules of Debt Collection
QUOTE: "Consumers are unaware of the rights they have,"... So knowing your legal rights is the first step to halting abusive debt-collection tactics.
Washington Post Jul 17, 2005 IRS Revokes Tax-Exempt Status of 4 Credit-Counseling Agencies
QUOTE: The revocations are part of a federal and state crackdown on nonprofit credit-counseling agencies after hundreds of consumers complained about deceptive and fraudulent marketing practices, including high fees, high-pressure tactics and inadequate educational services.
Washington Post Jul 16, 2005 FTC Settles Do-Not-Call Complaints: Columbia House To Pay $300,000
QUOTE: Columbia House Co., the world's largest direct marketer of CDs, DVDs and other home entertainment, has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle government allegations that it violated the federal do-not-call list.
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