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Consumer Protection

Patients Pay Thousands for a Back Pain Treatment Promoted by Exaggerated Claims

For three decades, the spinal decompression industry has promised relief to back pain patients. But stupendous claims of success are not backed up by scientifically rigorous research.

Consumer Protection

On the Prowl for Bogus Claims About Coronavirus Treatments, the FDA Targets Miracle Mineral Solution

In its attempted crackdown on bogus coronavirus remedies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has encountered an old nemesis: a “miracle” solution made of chlorine dioxide that experts say is akin to drinking bleach.

Consumer Protection

A Major Player in Solar Energy Leaves Some Customers Seething

This sounds too good to be true, was one of Brenda Ortiz’s first thoughts when a salesman showed up at her front door in Riverside County, California, in October 2018. He was with Vivint Solar, Ortiz recalled him saying, and

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Coronavirus Crept into the U.S. and Killed Earlier Than Medical Detectives Thought

Postmortem testing in California reveals that a 57-year-old San Jose woman who died Feb. 6 is now the first known U.S. death from Covid-19.

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Citing Need to Work, Protesters Take On Coronavirus Stay-At-Home Orders

Nurses and other health care workers hold their own counter-protests, urging people to go home and continue with social distancing.

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The Vulnerable Suffer: In New York, New Jersey and Elsewhere, Bodies Piled Up at Nursing Homes

Untold deaths: The stories being reported about nursing homes in New Jersey and New York are shocking: In New Jersey, cops got an anonymous tip about a body being stored in an outdoor shed, and found 17 bodies piled in an indoor morgue meant to hold only four

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President Responds to Report With “Tantrum” While U.S. Death Toll Surpasses Italy’s

Keeping the score: In a lengthy article published over the weekend, a team of six New York Times reporters—Eric Lipton, David E. Sanger, Maggie Haberman, Michael D. Shear, Mark Mazzetti and Julian E. Barnes—painstakingly document how time after time, when presented with evidence and testimony that the coronavirus was a [...]

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Global Cases of Coronavirus Surge Past One Million; U.S. Deaths Top 6,600

Confirmed cases of coronavirus globally surged past the 1 million mark this week, and now stand at more than 1,066,000, with more than 56,000 deaths. Confirmed cases in the U.S. passed 257,000, with more than 6,600 deaths.

Consumer Protection

Here Come the Frauds: From Bogus Vaccine Kits to ‘Silver Solution,’ Coronavirus Cons Begin

The swindles have begun. As Americans struggle to cope with the spread of COVID-19, they will also need to brace themselves for “disaster fraud”—those cons that rely on post-catastrophe chaos to separate people from their money. 

Consumer Protection

Counterfeits Hit Home: Consumers Are Being Foiled by Fake Water Filters

Despite the efforts of Customs and Border Protection agents, counterfeiters are passing off ineffective refrigerator water filters to many thousands of consumers, who think they are buying the real thing. The fakes may not only be useless, but unsafe. Along with failing to do what they claim, counterfeits can introduce chemicals such as arsenic and octane, a petroleum-derived solvent, into users’ drinking water.

Consumer Protection

What’s in a Name? Ghostly Spirits, Spinning Science to Sell Drugs, Stalk the Medical Literature

Court proceedings, investigations and whistleblower accounts have revealed a long history of drug companies manipulating the literature to promote their drugs or disparage rival products--with the aim of getting doctors to prescribe more of their meds.

Transportation Safety

In Echo of a Notorious Safety Scandal, Toyota Has Settled Hundreds of Sudden Acceleration Cases

Without admitting liability, Toyota since 2014 has quietly settled 537 lawsuits blaming sudden unintended acceleration for crashes that caused deaths or serious injuries. Automotive safety advocates see the complaints as a sign that Toyota and federal regulators failed to properly address the root of the problem when they had the opportunity years earlier.

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Trump to California: ‘No You Don’t’ on State Setting Its Own Vehicle Emissions Standards

President Trump is revoking California's authority to set its own vehicle emissions standards, setting the stage for a Supreme Court battle.