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- DOJ says it’s still investigating Google’s acquisition of FitbitGoogle says the agencys time limit for delivering a decision has passed By Sarah D. Young of ConsumerAffairs January 15, 2021 Google announced on Thursday that its acquisition of Fitbit was complete, saying the deal would bring more sophisticated devices to the wearables market. However, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) now says its investigation into the acquisition hasnt yet wrapped. In a statement to various media outlets, the DOJ said its still looking into the possible effects of the deal. Regulators previously expressed concern that Google could use Fitbits large swath of user data to personalize ads. The Antitrust Divisions investigation of Googles acquisition of Fitbit remains ongoing. Although the Division has not reached a final decision about whether to pursue an enforcement action, the Division continues to investigate whether Googles acquisition of Fitbit may harm competition and consumers in the United States. The agency added that it is… ..... Read More.1 day ago
- Conflict between divorced parents can worsen kids’ mental health, study findsExperts worry about how these kinds of arguments affect kids stress levels By Kristen Dalli of ConsumerAffairs January 15, 2021 Divorce can be a major source of physical and mental stress for consumers, and a new study has explored how kids of divorced parents are affected by this change in the family dynamic. According to researchers from Arizona State University, kids are more likely to struggle with mental health concerns when their divorced or separated parents are frequently arguing. Conflict is a salient stressor for kids, and the link between exposure to interparental conflict and mental health problems in children is well established across all family types -- married, cohabitating, separated, and divorced, said researcher Karey OHara. Conflict between divorced or separated parents predicted children experiencing fear that they would be abandoned by one or both parents. This feeling was associated with future mental health problems, especially for those who… ..... Read More.1 day ago
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- Toyota reaches $180 million settlement over Clean Air Act violationsThe DOJ and the EPA have accused the company of evading oversight through disclosure failures By Sarah D. Young of ConsumerAffairs January 15, 2021 Toyota is set to pay a $180 million fine for failing to report emissions-related defects in its vehicles for at least a decade. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the failure represents a serious violation of Clean Air Act rules. Toyotas actions undermined the EPAs self-disclosure system and likely led to delayed or avoided emissions-related recalls, Audrey Strauss, the acting U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, said in a statement. The EPA said that between 2005 and 2015, Toyota failed to report mandatory information about potential defects in their cars to the EPA, keeping the agency in the dark and evading oversight. The defects affected how Toyotas vehicles controlled tailpipe emissions. Brought financial benefits As a result of the disclosure failure, the EPA said Toyota benefited financially from… ..... Read More.1 day ago
- FAA throws down the hammer with new rules on unruly airline passengersThose who cross the line may be fined up to $35,000 and could spend time in prison By Gary Guthrie of ConsumerAffairs January 15, 2021 If you plan on flying anytime soon, dont act like a fool. The Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) Administrator Steve Dickson has signed an order directing a harsher legal enforcement policy against unruly airline passengers. The move comes in the wake of recent episodes where airline passengers have disrupted flights with threatening or violent behavior, as well as cases in which some passengers refused to wear masks onboard a flight. The move follows the Department of Transportations (DOT) new set of standards for determining whether an airline was being unfair or deceptive in dealing with passengers. Flying is the safest mode of transportation and I signed this order to keep it that way, Dickson said. Be prepared to write a check for $35,000 if you act… ..... Read More.1 day ago
- AXIS Capital Decides to Stop Insuring Arctic Oil and Gas ProjectsAXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. said it won’t insure oil and gas projects in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, becoming the first North American underwriter to make the commitment after pressure from native Alaskans and environmentalists. The move follows similar pledges … ..... Read More.1 day ago
- Wisconsin Suspends License of Pharmacist Accused of Spoiling VaccineA state board has suspended the license of a Wisconsin pharmacist accused of ruining more than 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine because he thought it was unsafe. Steven Brandenburg was working at Advocate Aurora Health in Grafton, about 20 miles … ..... Read More.1 day ago