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Health consumers make deficit fight personal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The numbers are devastating: almost 2,000 poor kids in Texas with cancer, another 18,000 with diabetes and more than 350,000 suffering from chronic lung disease, heart disease or stroke. What sounds like a grim statistical report on poverty and disease is actually a lobbying message from Medicaid…

With update to PS3 agreement, Sony removes its users’ right to sue

Sony has become the latest company to force its users into a binding mandatory arbitration (BMA) agreement through a change in its terms of service, effectively removing customers’ right to collectively sue by preventing them from using PlayStation 3 consoles online if they do not agree. The change in the…

FDA urged to ban soda ‘caramel’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some chemically enhanced caramel food colorings used in widely consumed cola drinks could cause cancer and should be banned, a U.S. consumer advocacy group urged the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday. Pure caramel is made from melted sugar; but two other versions approved to color food…

AT&T pushes Supreme Court to demolish right to join class action lawsuits

A case that has quietly made its way up to the Supreme Court’s docket threatens to unhinge one of America’s key consumer protections: the class action lawsuit. Telecommunications provider AT&T is pursuing an argument in front of the nation’s highest court that would permit companies which require service or employment…

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