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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Financial CHOICE Act: Policy Issues

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44631.pdf

Highlights major proposals included in a bill designed to modify or repeal changes to financial policies and regulatory structure brought about by the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Report and Recommendations: Fighting Elder Financial Exploitation Through Community Networks

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Elderly,Financial Crisis/Markets

http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/082016_cfpb_Networks_Study_Report.pdf

This report presents recommendations to existing networks to enhance their community’s collaborative efforts to fight financial exploitation of elderly people.  Offers nine specific recommendations.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

After the Post-9/11 GI Bill: A Profile of Military Service Members and Veterans Enrolled in Undergraduate and Graduate Education

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Laws/Regulations

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2016/2016435.pdf

Agency warning about the practices of predatory publishers taking advantage of the changing publishing landscape to charge researchers high fees while providing little in the way of traditional services.  From the Federal Trade Commission

 

Academics and Scientists: Beware of Predatory Journal Publishers

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Laws/Regulations

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/academics-and-scientists-beware-predatory-journal-publishers

Agency warning about the practices of predatory publishers taking advantage of the changing publishing landscape to charge researchers high fees while providing little in the way of traditional services.  From the Federal Trade Commission

(advertising/marketing     consumer info/protection     education, higher     laws/regulations)

 

Federal Trade Commission v. OMICS Group et al

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Laws/Regulations

https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/160826omicscmpt.pdf

Text of lawsuit charging a publisher with deceiving academics and researchers about the nature of its journals.  The complaint charges that the journals are not peer reviewed, that named editors have not agreed to be affiliated with the journals, and that deceptive publication fees range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.  From the Federal Trade Commission

 

FTC Charges Academic Journal Publisher OMICS Group Deceived Researchers

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Consumer Info/Protection,Education,Laws/Regulations

https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2016/08/ftc-charges-academic-journal-publisher-omics-group-deceived

Agency press release explaining the complaint against a publisher alleged to be using deceptive practices in the publication of academic journals.  From the Federal Trade Commission

 

 

Electronic Cigarettes

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Great Britain,Science/Technology,Smoking/Tobacco

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0533/POST-PN-0533.pdf

Estimates that nearly 3 million people in the United Kingdom smoke e-cigarettes.  Summarizes the latest data on the scale of use, safety and quality of e-cigarettes, and their value as a stop-smoking tool.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Mercury Poisoning Linked to Skin Products

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/UCM294876.pdf

Consumer warning about the danger of using skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps and lotions that contain mercury.  From the Food and Drug Administration

(consumer info/protection     health/medical)

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