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Learn to spot, stop, and prevent financial harm

Long considered a taboo subject, several high-profile incidents of elder financial abuse have brought this problem to the public’s attention over the last few years. Movie star Mickey Rooney raised awareness about the issue after his stepson and his stepson’s wife were sued for stealing from him. The son of philanthropist Brooke Astor made headlines […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Friday, October 10th, 2014 | 1 Comment »


Richmond’s Prepaid Card: Consumers May Do Better Elsewhere

Last week, the city of Richmond, California, launched an identification card that comes with an optional prepaid card feature. It’s run by the same company behind the Oakland City ID-prepaid card hybrid that launched last year. We were critical of the original Oakland ID-prepaid card because the prepaid card was loaded with fees, making it […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 | No Comments »


Good News for Consumers: Fuel Economy Continues Upward March

Today, EPA released its annual fuel economy trends report and there’s lots of good news.  Fuel economy for 2013 cars and trucks hit an all-time high: 24.1 mpg, up .5 mpg from 2012 and building upon improving fuel economy for 8 of the last 9 years.   And while vehicles have gotten slightly heavier and […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 | No Comments »


Bank Fees Ascend to Record Highs

Another year, another disappointing result from Bankrate’s annual bank survey: several fees are continuing to creep up to record highs. According to the AP, Bankrate found that both out-of-network ATM fees and overdraft fees are up yet again this year. The average overdraft fee is up 1.7% from last year, to $32.74. In comparison, last […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »


New report shows that GMO labeling is a good deal for consumers

by Maureen Mahoney What’s $2.30? It’s less than the cost of a birthday card. It’s about the cost of a tube of toothpaste. And, according to a new study, it’s the median yearly increase​ per consumer in the price of food if Oregon approves GMO labeling. That’s less than one cent each day! Consumers Union asked the independent […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 | No Comments »


Comcast Vows to Fix Customer Service. We’re Not Holding Our Breath.

One of the reasons the Comcast – Time Warner Cable merger has prompted so much public opposition is that both companies have terrible track records when it comes to customer service.  Most people — us included — don’t think things will get better if the merger gets OKed. Survey after survey has rated both companies […]

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Posted by jlebkowsky on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 | No Comments »


Victory! California Governor Signs Reverse Mortgage Protection Bill, AB 1700 (Medina)

Today California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1700 (Medina), a first-in-the nation bill, that will put important information in the hands of Californians while they are considering a reverse mortgage.  Ensuring a fair reverse mortgage marketplace is a Consumers Union priority.  We are very pleased to share this good news with you. If you’ve been […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 | No Comments »


New UCS analysis: AB 32 can save drivers $3,000+ in fuel costs

Today, the Union of Concerned Scientists released a new study: Driving Progress, Fueling Savings: How California is Tackling Global Warming, Cutting Oil Use, and Saving Drivers Money that quantifies both the costs and savings associated with California’s AB 32 transportation policies and finds that, overall, California drivers will save money due to AB 32.   According to […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 | No Comments »


Success! Gov. Brown knocks down weak antibiotics bill

by Maureen Mahoney Three cheers for California Governor Jerry Brown!   Today, we’re celebrating his veto of a bill that would have given industrial farms a green light to continue the dangerous overuse of antibiotics in livestock. For years, Consumers Union has tried to avert disaster by fighting the wasteful dosing of healthy farm animals […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 | No Comments »


San Francisco Bay Area consumers: Help us stop elder financial abuse

Attention San Francisco Bay Area residents! We’re working to put an end to elder financial exploitation, and we need your help. What’s elder financial abuse? It’s when anyone, including a family member or friend, wrongfully uses the money or assets of someone over the age of 60. Scams, like the “grandparents” scam or the “sweepstakes” scam, often […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Friday, September 26th, 2014 | 1 Comment »


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