| Feb 28, 2013
| 3:16 PM
The cable company Cablevision says it's just looking out for consumers in its lawsuit against Viacom, owner of MTV and Nickelodeon, over bundled programming packages that drive monthly bills higher.
And the company is correct — to a point.
| Feb 18, 2013
| 7:30 PM
About 10 million consumers, through no fault of their own, have serious errors on their credit reports, raising troubling questions about people's ability to secure loans and the fairness of interest rates they're charged.
In the first study of its...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 7:48 PM
Anthem Blue Cross is backing off a decision to require some policyholders to buy their prescription drugs from a single mail-order pharmacy — a requirement that the California attorney general's office said may be illegal.
| Feb 14, 2013
| 4:48 PM
Here's a question for you: Is there a single example of consumer prices going down and market competition increasing after deregulation of a U.S. industry?
I'm serious. The phone industry? The cable industry? Regulatory oversight for both was eased...
| Jan 27, 2013
Dear Liz: I paid all of my old collection accounts except for two, which now are beyond the statute of limitations. I would like to find the best way to negotiate with the collection agencies without getting sued. Even though the original delinquency...
| Jan 8, 2013
A mortgage is a contract. You agree to pay a certain amount of money to the bank each month, and the bank, in turn, agrees to finance your purchase, play fair and not jeopardize your ability to keep a roof over your head.
Ten big banks said Monday...
| May 31, 2013
Consumers have been told by insurers again and again that if they want cheaper prices for prescription drugs, they need to order them in bulk from mail-order pharmacies. And typically, it works out that way.
Sometimes, however, the prices reveal how...
| May 23, 2013
| 6:18 PM
So this is what socialism looks like: Private companies competing for people's business in an open marketplace.
Californians got their first glimpse Thursday of what insurers plan to charge for coverage to be offered next year to about 5 million state...
| Jan 1, 2013
It's a time for new beginnings. So here are some resolutions I'd like to offer on behalf of some of our friends in the business world.
Cable and satellite companies should resolve to throw their lobbying clout behind urging lawmakers to forbid the...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 8:13 PM
Dear Liz: We are in our 60s and looking to downsize. We're living in an apartment now and don't like it, so we want to buy a small house. Also, our finances took some serious hits in the recent economy and we're trying to rebuild. But in trying to sell...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 6:50 PM
Bob Toomajian worked for 16 years as Kaiser Permanente's drug purchasing manager for Southern California, giving him an insider's knowledge of how medications are priced before reaching consumers.
When it comes to patented name-brand drugs, he told me,...