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Funeral companies told to make fees transparent | The Times

Funeral companies told to make fees transparent | The Times

Funeral directors have been ordered to publish their full fees online after concerns about the soaring cost of services. An investigation into the prices of cremations and burials has led the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) to change its code of practice to force all members to be more transparent about charges. The pledge […]

Boss of price comparison site goes to war with UK’s biggest undertaker | Daily Mail Online

Boss of price comparison site goes to war with UK’s biggest undertaker | Daily Mail Online

A war of words between Britain’s biggest chain of undertakers and a specialist price comparison site has shattered the peace of the sombre world of funeral directors. The website beyond.life – whose slogan is Don’t Get R.I.P.’D Off’ – and its colourful boss Ian Strang have accused undertakers Dignity of ‘profiteering’ from grief and failing […]

Super Bowl hotel room rate jumps from $523 to $4,800 – after reservation | 11 Alive

Super Bowl hotel room rate jumps from $523 to $4,800 – after reservation | 11 Alive

ATLANTA — Concerns are building that hotels may be trying to take advantage of guests coming to Atlanta for the Super Bowl – to make more than a few extra bucks. Two viewers contacted 11Alive in the last 24 hours with one claiming his hotel was trying to jack up the price after he made […]

Rockford’s lawsuit against drug company moves forward | RR Star

Rockford’s lawsuit against drug company moves forward | RR Star

ROCKFORD — A federal lawsuit alleging a pharmaceutical company gouged the city of Rockford for a drug used to treat babies has cleared a legal hurdle. U.S. District Judge Frederick Kapala on Friday denied Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s motion to dismiss the city’s claims that the company conspired to raise the price of the specialty drug […]

Florida has settled with Dollar/Thrifty over misleading rental car fees. Here’s how to file a claim. | Tampa Bay Times

Florida has settled with Dollar/Thrifty over misleading rental car fees. Here’s how to file a claim. | Tampa Bay Times

The allegations against Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, the companies’ parent group, revolved around how they charged their rental car customers who passed through cashless tolls. The companies charged a $15 fee each time, up to a maximum $105. And an optional service, known as PlatePass, cost $10.49 for each day of the rental period, regardless […]

Happy Tax Files False Advertising Lanham Act Lawsuit Against H&R Block | AP News

Happy Tax Files False Advertising Lanham Act Lawsuit Against H&R Block | AP News

Since 2015, Happy Tax has utilized and advertised upfront and transparent pricing for its assisted CPA prepared tax preparation services. Happy Tax was the first notable national company to introduce this innovative pricing strategy to an industry that historically provided prices to clients after their tax returns were completed. The alleged false and misleading commercial […]

New regulations expose energy price gouging through ‘free’ comparison sites | The Conversation

New regulations expose energy price gouging through ‘free’ comparison sites | The Conversation

A new regulation has highlighted the thousands of offers electricity retailers make to new customers, mostly through commercial comparison sites. These sites typically do not include the best possible offers, funnelling consumers into higher-cost plans in exchange for fees from energy companies. From January 1 companies selling electricity in New South Wales, South East Queensland […]

Freestanding ERs in Texas May Be Misleading Patients, AARP Survey Finds | Houston Public Media

Freestanding ERs in Texas May Be Misleading Patients, AARP Survey Finds | Houston Public Media

Independent emergency care centers in Texas, commonly called freestanding emergency rooms, often provide unclear or confusing information on pricing and insurance coverage to consumers, advocates say. A recent AARP “secret shopper” survey of 213 freestanding ER facilities in Texas found less than half were able to answer a simple “yes” or “no” question about health […]

87% of Black Friday prices aren’t the cheapest of the year, Which? reveals | Which?

87% of Black Friday prices aren’t the cheapest of the year, Which? reveals | Which?

That Black Friday discount may look like a good deal, but our year-long investigation has found that you could get a better bargain if you’re willing to wait. We tracked product prices for 12 months, and found that 87% were the same price or cheaper than their Black Friday price at other times of year. […]

Is this the end of unexpected car rental surcharges? | The Washington Post

Is this the end of unexpected car rental surcharges? | The Washington Post

More than 40 states levied a charge on short-term rental cars, according to a 2015 survey by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Among states that tax car rentals, the rates were as much as Maryland’s 11.5 percent. But not all the fees are outside a rental company’s control. Julie Codrington, a computer technician from […]