Consumer Protection

  • Calendar

    September 11, 2014

    Tomorrows Tulips

    Constellation Room

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Company Recalls Nut Butters Sold at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Others Due to Salmonella

    Careful before you snack everyone, there's another nut butter recall going on. nSpired Natural Foods, a food company that produces nut butters for Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Kroger, and a bunch of other stores issued a voluntary recall Tuesday over some salmonella concerns. The recall affects peanu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Santa Ana Ranked Ninth Most Vigilant U.S. City

    Is Santa Ana on a roll this year or what? So far, it has been named among the nation's selfiest, coolest and, for you herbal indulgers, highest cities. (In the interest of full disclosure, SanTana also wound up on a list of the most boring cities in America this year.) Now, all you gun lovers, cop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    San Clemente Jarred Food Recalled After Two in Ohio Fall Ill with Botulism

    Wuh-oh. VR Green Farms in San Clemente is recalling some of its jarred foods after two Ohio residents visited Orange County and then came down with botulism after they returned. Specifically, VR Green Farms is voluntarily recalling its Pine Nut Basil Pesto, Pickled Farm Mix, Old World Tomato Sauce, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Orange County and Santa Clara Prosecutors Target 5 Companies Over Prescription Drugs

    The district attorney offices of the counties of Orange and Santa Clara have teamed up to charge five large pharmaceutical companies with endangering patients and deceiving doctors by intentionally misrepresenting the dangerously addictive nature of painkillers to expand their markets and profits.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Tyson Recalling Tons of Chicken After Possibly Shoving Plastic Everywhere

    Are you one of the rare, rare unicorns in Orange County that goes to Sam's Club instead of Costco? If you answered yes -- and if you bought Tyson Foods Chicken Nuggets -- you might want to check your freezer. Tyson Foods is recalling over 75,000 pounds of chicken shipped to Sam's Club because of wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Target Describes Hell He Went Through From FTC-Shuttered Firm's "Smokescreen" Lawsuit

    A Newport Beach-based company that provided legal advice to consumers and small businesses facing crushing debt filed a civil suit against four former "employees" accused of stealing client data, but the case was dismissed a year after it was filed--in November 2011.We'd Naval Gazed the complaint b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    [UPDATED with Toyota Response:] Automaker Settles Sudden Acceleration Lawsuit Brought by Orange County DA for $16 Million

    See the update at the end of this post with Toyota's statement on the settlement.ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 5, 4:19 P.M.: Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas today announced Toyota Motor Corp. has settled a $16 million lawsuit with his office over sudden acceleration claims. The case, based on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Karen Elaine Hanover, Already Convicted for Posing as FBI Agent, Indicted for Mail Fraud

    Remember Karen Elaine Hanover, the Seal Beach real estate saleslady who was looking at 40 years in prison but was sentenced to six months in jail for using "spoofing" technology to impersonate an FBI agent who threatened customers who'd complained about her shady deals? A federal grand jury in Santa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Is the Auto Club Boning You on Car Insurance?

    A San Clemente woman, aided by a consumer watchdog, is suing the Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) for allegedly concocting an auto insurance scheme that discriminates against potential customers.Jill Rogers should know of what she speaks; she's a former AAA insurance agent.

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Federal Regulators Win Injunction Against Orange County Debt Relief Business

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this month won a temporary restraining order against Orange County businessman Jeremy Rommel Nelson and several debt relief corporate entities, including Nelson Gamble & Associates, accused of running consumer fraud scams.Without admitting guilt, Rancho Santa M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    UCI Law Clinic Boasts Dual Tracking Mortgage Practice Dwindles as Banks are Monitored

    Job No. 1 of any government program is to justify its existence, which may explain the release the Weekly received from a UC Irvine School of Law clinic that California Attorney General Kamala Harris assigned to monitor five major banks as part of national mortgage abuse litigation.Professor Katheri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Orange County Lawyer in Loan Modification Scam Loses Federal Appeal

    For several years beginning in about 2008, Orange County attorney/businessman Paul Jeffrey Lucas and his Lucas Law Center ran a mortgage loan modification scam that ripped off numerous consumers between $1,000 to $3,995 each.From their Aliso Viejo offices, Lucas and his employees promised to perform ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    eBay-Related Scam Costs Orange County Businessman $18.2 Million

    An Orange County businessman who operated an eBay-related scam that nabbed $45 million from more than 500,000 consumers nationwide learned his fate this week inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.Charles Gugliuzza, the onetime president of Commerce Planet, had hoped to escape the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    UCI Opens Consumer Protection Clinic Tied to $18 Billion Mortgage Settlement with Banks

    UC Irvine Law Professor Katherine Porter, who Attorney General Kamala Harris in March named to monitor California's landmark foreclosure settlement with five major banks, is starting a Consumer Protection Clinic to help homeowners get promised relief. The school's role is part of a state settlement ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Katherine Porter, UCI Professor, Oversees $18 Billion Mortgage Settlement by Banks

    ​UC Irvine professor Katherine Porter, who specializes in commercial and consumer law and recently wrote a book on how debt is killing the middle class, was appointed today to oversee the nation's five largest banks providing up to $18 billion in California borrower and homeowner benefits. Attorne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Telemarketer Who Scammed Job Seekers Ordered to Give Up His Surf City Condo

    ​An executive with a sales company that scammed job applicants out of money through online want ads, has been forced by the Federal Trade Commission to relinquish his half-million-dollar Huntington Beach condominium.Technically, the FTC imposed a $13 million judgment against Santa Barbara-based te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Crocs Lawsuit: Westminster Parents Sue Shoemaker After Kid Loses Toe in Escalator Accident

    ​Crocs--they're surely a fashion crime, but are they dangerous? A couple in Westminster says so. Allon and Josephine Motzney are suing the maker of the infamous rubber clogs after their 4-year-old daughter lost her little toe while riding an escalator inside JCPenney at Westminster Mall. The Crocs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Deputy Claims PTSD After Burger King Ex-Con Spits on His Whopper

    ​The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit weighed in today in the case of a sheriff's deputy who claims severe emotional trauma after two ex-cons working the drive-thru at a Burger King added an extra ingredient during his late-night burger break.Suspecting the fast-food employees ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    [UPDATED with CEO's Response:] Nad's Removed Integrity Along With Hair, Claims Whistleblower Case

    Sue Ismiel​UPDATE, SEPT. 9, 11:35 A.M.: Nad's brand of hair-removal products founder Sue Ismiel, who is also CEO of corporate parent Sue Ismiel & Daughters, Inc. (SI&D) of Australia, accuses her former president of U.S. operations in Garden Grove of falsely alleging he was fired due to h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    ExtenZe Boned for Continued Male Enhancement Lies

    ​So here's the long and short of it: Biotab Nutraceuticals in 2006 settled for $300,000 a consumer lawsuit brought by the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA), which alleged the maker of ExtenZe falsely claimed without any substantiation that the boner pills would enhance a man's peni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    FTC Goes After OC Spammer Who Sent 5 Million Texts in 40 Days

    ​Philip A. Flora of Huntington Beach is accused of blasting more than 5 million spam text messages in 40 days, pissing off throngs of cell-phone users who were charged fees to retrieve them.  The Federal Trade Commission is pushing to shut down this Sir Spam-a-lot, asking a judge to freeze hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    [UPDATED] Braking News! Government Report Clears Toyota Software as Cause of Sudden-Acceleration Problems

    ​UPDATE, FEB. 24, 12:47 P.M.: In my mailbox yesterday was a recall notice from Toyota for my wife's Highlander.Today I learned she is not alone: Having already recalled nearly 8 million of its models in the U.S., Toyota announced it is calling back another 2.17 million to correct brake and acceler ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Toyota Lawsuits Can Move Forward, Judge Tentatively Rules in Santa Ana Court

    ​A federal judge has tentatively (double-negative alert) refused to dismiss dozens of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against Toyota Motor Corp., despite the automaker's motion. U.S. District Judge James V. Selna issued the order last Wednesday, and then heard arguments from Toyo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Toyota Denies Report It Secretly Bought Back Cars That Accelerated Unintentionally

    ​Toyota has issued a statement denying the automaker was able to duplicate customer complaints about sudden acceleration and that it secretly repurchased problem vehicles from owners without notifying the government.Torrance-based Toyota USA blames attorneys for people suing Toyota for spreading t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    [UPDATED:] DA Sues Toyota

    UPDATE: The Orange County District Attorney's Office this morning stepped up pressure on Toyota, unveiling a consumer complaint hotline, an online complaint form and access to its first civil complaint against the automaker (details after the jump) . . . Courtesy of Elizabeth JamesThis is where Eliz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Whole Foods Recalling Hazelnuts Because of Salmonella

    ​Whole Foods is recalling organic and non-organic raw hazelnuts (known also as filberts) sold in bulk at stores in California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington. So far, according to the company, no illnesses have been reported. You can call 512-542-0656, for more info ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Another E.coli Outbreak, This Time Linked To Cookie Dough

    Nestlé has issued a voluntary recall on its prepackaged, refrigerated Toll House Cookie Dough, as they may be contaminated with a severe form of E.coli. If you have any at home, chuck it out.The recall doesn't include Nestlé Toll House morsels, chocolate baking bars, cocoa or Dreyer's and Edy's ic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2008

    On Sale This Week: Mike Ness, Not Much Else

    It's a light week for show announcements, what with the holiday and all--but we do have Mike Ness at the Glass House on Dec. 21, following closely on the heels of his Dec. 6, 9, 10, 14, 19 and 20 shows at the Coach House (of which only the Dec. 14 date is not yet sold out). So much Mike Ness. So ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2008

    Bumming on Empty

    If there's one thing that unites just about everyone in Orange County, it's probably not opposition to the War in Iraq or a sincere belief that our beaches are too clean. No, that one thing is this: gas is too fucking expensive and it's about fucking time to do something about it. Fortunately, some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2008

    Beefy Goodness

    Apparently it's not just happy cows that come from California.The Times reported earlier today that the state Department of Public Health has released a list of Southern California food retailers linked to the Chino-based slaughterhouse responsible for the largest beef recall in United States histor ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 8, 2007

    It's Your Money

    But the government spends it

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2007

    Foxes, Henhouses, and the Fashion Police

    Just like breaking a leg can take your mind off a toothache, the major traumas the Bush administration has inflicted on the body politic make it easy to forget the lesser damage it's doing.  Or, as Ruth Marcus puts in her column in today's Washington Post, "The tornado of disastrous headlines - ... More >>

  • Music

    February 22, 2007

    Shifting Gears

    Brian Malesardi, The Gear Trader

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2006

    Two Shades of Green

    Perhaps it's only logical that in a state which has a man still trading on his movie role as a killer cyborg from the future as governor, politics would grow closer to comic books. Or perhaps it isn't. Either way, it's California. At last weekend's state GOP convention, the San Francisco Chronicl ... More >>

  • News

    July 28, 2005

    Hooray for OCTA?

    Award for top transportation agency is astoundingfor all the wrong reasons

  • News

    June 23, 2005

    Case Un-closed

    eRohrabacher revisits the Oklahoma City bombing

  • News

    November 28, 2002

    Dead Zones, Bogus Fees and Dropped Calls

    How Cingular Wireless celebrates its Year of the Customer

  • Columns

    October 18, 2001