Consumer Protection

Consumer News
11:43 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Beware Of The Slick And Fraudulent This Holiday Season

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While digging through the consumer fraud warnings piling up in our inbox, we’ve concluded that scams are like slick sidewalks in the wintertime: At first glance, they seem so safe.

* The Most Shameful: Re-Scamming The Scammed

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Health - Consumer Protection
2:44 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Missouri To Receive Close To $700,000 As Part Of Nationwide Kidney Drug Settlement

The drug sirolimus, marketed by Pfizer subsidiary Wyeth under the brand name Rapamune, is only FDA approved for use after kidney transplants to prevent organ rejection.
Credit U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Missouri will receive $693,000 as part of a nationwide settlement over the kidney transplant drug, Rapamune.

Neighboring Illinois will get more than $1.3 million.

The drug company Pfizer, whose subsidiary Wyeth makes Rapamune, has agreed to pay out a total of $35 million to 41 U.S. states and the District of Columbia as part of the settlement.

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Consumer News
10:18 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Promises, Promises: Scammers Target Student Loans, Unclaimed Property And Government Grants

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
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Keep your guard up, gentle consumers. There are anglers among us.

Here are four recent alerts worth noting:

1. Illinois Attorney General Sues Student Loan Debt Relief Companies

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has sued debt relief companies that she says exploit people struggling to repay student loans. Some of the marketing strategies are reminiscent of the way scammers duped vulnerable homeowners facing foreclosure during the mortgage crisis.

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Identity theft
12:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Illinois A.G. Leads Multi-State Investigation Into Target Breach

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning consumers to monitor more than just their credit card statements in the wake of big data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus stores.

Madigan, along with Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, is leading a multi-state investigation into the Target breach.

Target revealed in early January that names, addresses, and phone numbers were among the information stolen, increasing the risk of identity theft.

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Enterprise Rent-a-Car
1:41 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Consumer advocates press Enterprise to endorse recall legislation

Joan Bray (left) and Judi Roman (right) of the Consumers Council of Missouri meet with representatives of Enterprise Rent-a-Car at their corporate headquarters.
Joseph Leahy, St. Louis Public Radio

Consumer advocates are pressing Enterprise Rent-a-Car to support a bill to keep rental cars that are subject to federal recall off the road.

Joan Bray of the Consumers Council of Missouri says while the St. Louis-based company has agreed in principle, it should endorse a Congressional amendment named for two sisters who were killed while driving a PT Cruiser under recall.

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