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Julie Watts

Johnson's Baby Shampoo is pictured on display at a supermarket in Hong Kong on March 16, 2009. The world famous baby shampoo is a product of US health care giant Johnson & Johnson. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE (Mike Clarke/AFP/Getty Images)

Johnson & Johnson Reformulating Products To Remove Dangerous Chemicals

The health care giant late last year pledged to remove “chemicals of concern” from its baby products sold around the world. That change came after a large coalition of health and environmental groups began pressing J&J more than three years ago to make its personal care products safer.

08/16/2012

(CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Thousands Of California Students Losing Aid Money

California’s move to tighten eligibility requirements for its Cal Grant program will eliminate or reduce awards to 14,500 students, most of them enrolled in for-profit colleges such as the University of Phoenix, the California Student Aid Commission announced Tuesday.

08/02/2012

(CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Family Struggles To Get Help Fixing Handicapped-Accessible Vehicle

A Brentwood family that has been fighting with Chrysler to fix their handicapped-accessible Dodge Caravan is finally getting some help from the car-maker after some calls from ConsumerWatch.

08/01/2012

(CBS)

ConsumerWatch: 4-Year-Old Mistake On Credit Report Hurts Homeowner

A mistake on your credit report can be costly. And experts say the best way to fix an error it by contacting the credit reporting agencies directly and informing them of the mistake – They’re required by law investigate within 30 days.

07/31/2012

A foreclosed Stockton home. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

ConsumerWatch: HARP 2.0 Helping Underwater Homeowners Refinance

HARP 2.0, a more liberal version of the original Home Affordable Refinance Program, was unveiled in 2011. The new program started picking up steam just a few months ago, according to Rick Harper of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service.

07/27/2012

The homepage of the CarWoo website (Carwoo.Com)

ConsumerWatch: Sites Offer Streamlined Car Selling, Buying Process

Rather then spending a lot of time checking out dealerships, Brad Jones paid $500 to join Cartelligent. It’s an online service that doubles as a personal shopper.

07/13/2012

AT&T bills (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: AT&T Bills Keep Coming Despite Closed Account

A Sacramento mother who received monthly bills from AT&T after closing her account was told by the company it wasn’t sending a bill, even as they kept on coming.

07/06/2012

house mortgage rate, foreclosure

ConsumerWatch: Reverse Mortgages Confuse Elderly

The bureau said foreclosure rates are rising at an “alarming rate” for senior homeowners with these reverse mortgages. The federal agency urged consumers especial older homeowners to do their research before using a reverse mortgage to tape their home equity.

06/28/2012

(CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Scanning Software Making Tech Savvy Resumes A Necessity

Job seeker Mary Hurt said she sent out her resume numerous times only to never hear from a company. Almost 90 percent of top companies are using a resume tracking systems to scan for keywords. According to career counselor Eileen Williams, there are a few ways job applicants can make it through the scanning machine.

06/13/2012

(CBS)

ConsumerWatch, United Way Team Up With SF To Provide Money Saving Information

CBS 5 teamed up with the United Way of the Bay Area, along with the City of San Francisco and 211 to host the Smart Money Financial Advice Line on Tuesday evening.

06/12/2012

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