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6/21/2005
FCC
FCC CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS TITLE 47--TELECOMMUNICATION CHAPTER I--FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION SUBCHAPTER B--COMMON CARRIER SERVICES PART 64--MISCELLANEOUS RULES RELATING TO COMMON CARRIERS SUBPART L--RESTRICTIONS ON TELEMARKETING AND TELEPHONE SOLICITATION Current through August 5, 2003; 68 FR 46431 ß 64.1200 Delivery restrictions. (a...
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6/21/2005
FTCR
Like junk mail, junk faxes are advertisements you did not ask to receive. Junk faxes are worse than junk mail. For example, if you own a fax machine, junk faxes use your paper and tie up your phone line. A federal law makes it illegal to send an unsolicited commercial advertisement to a fax machine from anywhere in the U.S.A. Yet "junk faxing...
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6/21/2005
FTCR
Q. What is a "junk fax?" A. A junk fax is like a piece of junk mail, except you pay for the printing costs. It's an advertisement that you did not request or consent to receive that arrives via your fax machine. Q. Why is junk faxing a problem? A. Junk faxes are another way that businesses invade our privacy and waste our time and resources at...
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6/21/2005
FTCR
List of Corporate Repeat Offenders FTCR research, including extensive information reported in the legal newsletter Corporate Crime Reporter, identifies corporate entities found guilty of "strikes" -- convictions or pleas to felony criminal charges -- over the last decade. Many companies with only one "strike" violation were also found to have a...
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6/21/2005
FTCR
"[Tenet journeyed] from scandal-plagued company to Wall Street darling and back again" -- Associated Press, Jan. 12, 2003 Our inability to effectively punish corporate crime has led to unsafe working conditions, environmental destruction, and economic downturn. This lack of deterrence for corporate criminals has, in the case of Tenet Healthcare...
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6/21/2005
FTCR
ELIMINATING REPEAT OFFENDERS: PRICELESS The collapse of Enron alone is estimated to have cost the public billions of dollars. Yet Enron was the tip of the iceberg in 2002's rapid succession of corporate earnings "re-statements" and admissions that books had been cooked to boost the bottom line. The cost of these discoveries -- $170 billion in...
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6/20/2005
FTCR
Often, companies caught making mistakes on their bills blame the problem on "computer error" -- as if the company wasn't responsible for the problem. But computer generated errors can always be traced to people, be they programmers, engineers, or those who enter the data into the computer. The saying in the computer industry is: 'garbage in,...
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6/15/2005
Consumer Watchdog
In order to protect the health of Americans, approval of new prescription drugs for market and on-going monitoring must be devoid of influence from drug manufacturers and prescription drugs must be affordable for all who need them. To achieve these objectives, the following 10 principles must be adopted through new regulations or new law and...
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6/7/2005
FTCR
Below is a brief explanation of no fault, who came up with the idea and its history. It was prepared by Consumer Watchdog staff. In the early 1930s, a group of academics examining the nation's nascent auto insurance system suggested an alternative approach, modeled after the workers' compensation system developed earlier in the century.1...
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5/13/2005
Testimony of Jerry Flanagan - FTCR
Department of Managed Health Care Public Hearing Blue Cross of California Rate Increases Jerry Flanagan, FTCR On behalf of Blue Cross of California enrollees, the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) calls on the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) to use its full authority to investigate Blue Cross rate increases following the...