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Virginia regulators OK settlement in Dominion rate review

Nov. 18, 2021 16:42 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia regulators have approved a settlement that will bring to a close a review of the rates of the state's largest electric utility and result in modest refunds and a rate reduction for Dominion Energy Virginia customers. No party to the case...

Annual list of 10 'worst' toys released by safety group

Nov. 17, 2021 14:46 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Toys with tiny accessories children can choke on, wheeled toys that could lead to falls, and toys that fire projectiles that could possibly injure a child's eyes are among the playthings on an annual “10 Worst Toys" list released Wednesday by a consumer safety advocacy...

Biden choice for Justice antitrust post wins Senate approval

Nov. 16, 2021 19:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s choice to lead enforcement of competition laws at the Justice Department has won Senate approval as his administration pursues action against outsized market power it has condemned in several industries, including Big Tech, health care, airlines and...

Consumer advocates: New facts demand fresh FirstEnergy audit

Nov. 08, 2021 16:59 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Advocates for electricity consumers in Ohio are asking the state's utility regulatory board to reopen one of its audits of Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. after discovering evidence that the first review didn't look at whether money the company has admitted funneling...

Appeals court rejects California home insurance refund order

Nov. 02, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Consumer advocates said Tuesday that they will ask the California Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling they said undermines the state's ability to order billions of dollars in insurance company refunds. A San Diego-based state...

Indiana advocate: Brace for costly winter heating season

Nov. 02, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s consumer advocate for utilities is urging Hoosiers to brace themselves for what’s expected to be the most expensive winter heating season in years. The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor said state residents can expect to see...

Senators put YouTube, TikTok, Snap on defensive on kids' use

Oct. 26, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators put executives from YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat on the defensive Tuesday, questioning them about what they’re doing to ensure young users’ safety on their platforms. Citing the harm that can come to vulnerable young people from the sites...

Justice Department to expand redlining investigation efforts

Oct. 22, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced Friday a cross-government effort to investigate and prosecute redlining, the practice of banks discriminating against racial minorities or certain neighborhoods. It is the first major expansion of redlining investigations since the Obama...

Consumer watchdog to probe Big Tech payment systems

Oct. 21, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In its first significant action under a new director, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is ordering Apple, Amazon, PayPal and other tech giants to reveal how their proprietary payment networks function. Apple Pay, Google Pay and other payment...

Indiana office recommends denial of I&M rate hike request

Oct. 21, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's consumer advocate for utilities is recommending that state regulators deny Indiana Michigan Power’s latest request for a rate increase. I&M announced in July that it was seeking approval of a 6.5% rate increase, in part to improve...