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 By Craig Crosby    Business    June 9, 2021

Amazon Flooded with 75,000 Arbitration Requests and then Quietly Drops Arbitration Clause

June 3, 2021, Los Angeles, CA – Buried in Amazon's Conditions of Use (COUs) agreement was a binding arbitration clause forcing buyers, marketplace sellers, and infringed trademark-owners to utilize...

 
 By Jim Haigh    Business    June 7, 2021

Ransomware Attacks Target Companies and Consumers Alike

Ransomware attacks are making headlines with worrisome frequency. In May, 45% of the fuel supply for the east coast of the United States was disrupted when cybercriminals took Colonial Pipeline's comp...

 

Amazon Gets Fact-Checked on its Claims of Fighting Fraud

May 19, 2021, Los Angeles, CA – Amazon's global empire is in a crisis. The invasive, manipulative superpower which controls over 50% of online sales is flooded with fakes, scams, phony reviews, and...

 
 By Jack Simon    Business    May 1, 2021

Santa Monica Public Counter to Offer In-Person Services by Appointment Starting May 3

The City of Santa Monica has announced its public counter will offer in-person permit services by appointment on select days beginning next Monday, May 3. The Permit Services' public counter in the...

 

Paper Products Are More Sustainable Than Many Realize - and Our Forests Are Growing

CHICAGO – April 22, 2021 – As U.S. consumers become increasingly aware of the environmental impacts of the products they use every day, there remains a wide gap between perception and reality...

 
 By Anonymous    Business    April 29, 2021

Re: Gangs Run Pier Food Carts

Editor, You report that Code Enforcement Officers refuse to enforce street vendor regulations at the pier and that on a busy weekend, there was not a single public safety officer of any kind at the...

 

City Cracks Down on Illegal Vending Run by Criminal Gangs on the Santa Monica Pier

April 21, 2021 A fight that broke out April 11 in the pier's north parking lot among six members of the Murcia family, ending in their arrests, highlighted the ongoing and unchecked activity of the...

 

Krispy Kreme Retreats, Randy's Donuts Advances to Santa Monica as the Donut Wars Take an Unexpected turn

Forget that silly stuff about Meghan and Harry. Here's a story that actually affects you: On Sunday, April 18th Krispy Kreme Donuts will close its Santa Monica location at Euclid (13th Street) and...

 
 By Craig Crosby    Business    April 2, 2021

California is Among Few States that Hold Amazon Liable for Selling Dangerous and Defective Products From Third-Party Sellers

March 31, 2021, Los Angeles, CA – Amazon continues to destroy the retail economy, retail workers, and related services despite hundreds of lawsuits that expose its dangerous business practices....

 
 By Stan Greene    Business    March 31, 2021

Ship "Partially Refloated" And Being Towed to Great Bitter Lake, as Suez Crisis Resolves

3/29: Egypt's President Sisi bragged today (justifiably), about his country's massive technical achievement in refloating and moving the 400 million metric ton Evergreen Ever Given, and moving her...

 

Half of All Items Available on Walmart Could be Counterfeit According to Government Investigation

March 19, 2021, Los Angeles, CA – Shoppers expect Walmart to provide authentic and safe products when they shop on Walmart's website -- but that confidence is misplaced. Walmart's push to capture a...

 

Classmates.com Settles Auto-Renewal Lawsuit filed by the California Automatic Renewal Task Force

PeopleConnect, owner of the social networking site Classmates.com, has settled a consumer protection lawsuit alleging the website did not properly inform its users regarding automatic subscription...

 

Do not Buy or Use 18650 lithium-ion Batteries if You Got Them Sold Individually at Amazon or Walmart

March 4, 2021, Los Angeles, CA – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers not to buy or use loose 18650 lithium-ion battery cells. These cells are manufactured as indu...

 

How do Amazon, Walmart and eBay Get Away With Selling Counterfeit and Dangerous Products? This is a $1.3 Trillion Industry in Fakes

February 2, 2021, Los Angeles, CA – The U.S. e-commerce business keeps on growing. Online shopping due to COVID-19 has contributed significantly to the growth and to the proliferation of...

 

A Plan to Restore Social Security to Solvency as America Ages

With Social Security's finances in the spotlight these days, especially since COVID-19 devastated the U.S. economy, there is no shortage of ideas for how to reform the Social Security System (SS) to...

 

Bitcoin Falls Back to $33,000, as Dollar Rises and Temperatures Fall From Last Weeks Capitol Riot

1/10/21: Bitcoin sank to a low of $32,500 per bitcoin, in a sudden 20% overnight decline. The world's first crypto-currency (symbol BTC), could fall all the way back to 23,000 which is where it...

 

10 reasons why Bitcoin is poised to hit $100,000 in 2021

Finiteness- There are only 21 million coins that are assigned to be mined. Satoshi Nakamoto, the founder of Bitcoin declared that only 21 million coins would ever be mined. This drives up the value...

 

Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Becomes the Latest Victim of the Chinese Communist Party's Resurgent Fascism

He was once lauded as the Chinese equivalent of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. From a humble background as a school teacher, Jack Ma founded Alibaba.COM, the largest online retailer in the world's most...

 

Even Vocational Training is Shut Down During Prison Lockdown in California During Covid Surge

I want to first give you a quick update. It seems that I spoke too soon about the man in my life. Dom. He was not my long-awaited love after all. No matter. I'll be free soon! All that glitters is...

 

RagingBull Stock Advisory Service Ceases Operations for 30 days due to FTC Federal Lawsuit and TRO

RagingBull, a stock advisory service with an email subscription service, has announced that it is ceasing operations for thirty days. The FTC claims that trading services like RagingBull unfairly...

 

Amazon Ruled Liable for 3rd-Degree Burns Caused by Defective Battery, says California Supreme Court

December 3, 2020, Los Angeles, CA – The California Supreme Court refused to review Amazon's appeal of an appellate court ruling holding Amazon liable for injuries caused by third-party products...

 

COVID Spike is Not Our Fault, Restaurant Owners Plead, as LA County Shuts Down Again

The Independent Hospitality Coalition is extremely disappointed that the County of Los Angeles would take such drastic actions without consultation with members of the hospitality industry. Once...

 

Apple Inc. Settles $24.6 Million Consumer Protection Lawsuit Over Slowing Performance in Older iPhones

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced today that Apple Inc. will pay $24.6 million to settle a California lawsuit alleging the company failed to disclose that iPhone software it...

 

Amazon Adds Prescription Drugs To Its Counterfeit And Scam Laden Marketplace

November 18, 2020, Los Angeles, CA - Amazon has added another goal in slugging its way to retail dominance; Amazon launched its own online pharmacy to deliver prescription drugs. Amazon, already...

 

EU Charges Amazon With Antitrust Violations. Online Retail Platform Faces Potential Penalties of $37 Billion

November 13, 2020, Los Angeles, CA – The European Union formally charged Amazon with antitrust violations for abusing its dominance in online shopping and using non-public data gathered from...

 

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