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Can You Dispute Junk Fees?

By Heather Kennedy-Bordeaux, Esq.

If you’ve ever booked a hotel stay, you may have seen what you thought were perfect rates only to get to the payment page and find that the cost is way higher than you were led to believe. It’s likely that the increase had nothing to do with user error.

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What You Can Do to Prevent Hospice Fraud

By Richard Dahl

Until recently, hospice programs generally enjoyed reputations for integrity and reliability. That distinction is fading fast. Born in the 1960s as a holistic movement to provide compassionate care for dying people, hospice gradually became ingrained in the health care system. In 1983, the movement achieved a major milestone when …

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What Does It Mean When Food Is Labeled 'Organic'?

By Richard Dahl

If you've wondered what makes food "organic," and why you need to pay more for it, you're not alone. You may have a vague sense that organic food is healthier for you than conventional foods. You might also hope that the lower levels of pesticide and herbicide in organic food…

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Is It Legal To Gamble With Other People's Money?

By Richard Dahl

And there's nothing wrong with live streaming via TikTok — if casinos allow it. The problem is when TikTok live streaming is part of an illegal gambling operation.

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Will FTX Clients Get Their Money Back?

By Arin E. Berkson, J.D.

When the cryptocurrency exchange FTX secretly transferred $10 billion in client funds to its sister trading firm Alameda Research, FTX stopped being able to cover customer withdrawals. Soon after, both companies filed for bankruptcy protection. As the companies attempt to reorganize their business affairs in bankruptcy court, FTX's clients are asking, "Will I get my money back?" The short answer: Probably not.

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How To Spot Fake Online Reviews

By Michelle Bogle

According to a study published in the journal "Marketing Science," it is not uncommon for product marketers to purchase fake online reviews, resulting in five-star ratings on popular e-commerce sites like Amazon (think the products you order off Amazon but are shipped or sold from someone different). To the untrained eye, identifying fake reviews takes more work. You need to know what to watch for to protect yourself and your hard-earned dollars from being deceived. To help you spot fake reviews on e-commerce sites as you do your holiday shopping, here are six red flags to look out for.

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