Consumer Protection

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    Fake School in Fort Lauderdale Shut Down by State, but There Are Plenty More

    On September 19, the Federal Trade Commission announced the takedown of a sham school operating out of Fort Lauderdale. Jefferson High School LLC shared its name with a brick-and-mortar institution in Tampa. Although the similarity made it sound legitimate, the State Attorney's Office says Jefferson ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Green Coffee Extract: Congress Probes Doctor Oz and a Florida Company

    If you've been following the journey of Dr. Mehmet Oz -- a popular TV host made famous first by Oprah in 2004 -- you know that he's been grilled by senators recently for strongly endorsing ineffective weight loss products on his show. But you might not know about the Florida company whose products ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Broward Men Sent 42 Million Spam Texts to Cellphones

    Ever receive a text, and you think it's from a buddy or your girlfriend, and you look up to read it and it says: "Your entry in our drawing WON you a FREE $1,000 Target Giftcard! Enter "312." Well, so have millions of other people And now, two Broward businessmen are being punished by the Federal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Nestle Issues Nationwide Recall of NESQUIK Powder

    Moms, before making an after-school snack for your kids, check the UPC code on your NESQUIK Chocolate milk powder.Nestle and the FDA have just announced a voluntary nationwide recall on many varieties of NESQUIK Chocolate Powder drink mixes. The company is removing the products from store shelves af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Publix Recalls Frozen Tempura Shrimp

    Lakeland-based Publix supermarkets has issued a voluntary recall for 11oz packets of frozenshrimp tempura. Actually, the shrimp is OK. It's the dipping sauce packets, which that contain soy but aren't labeled as such, that sparked the recall. No illnesses have been reported, according to a Publix p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Voluntary Recall of Fast Food Sliced Apples

    The company that supplies fresh apple slices to many fast food outlets, including Burger King and McDonald's, has voluntarily recalled several products after finding traces of Listeria monocytogenes on equipment at the Missa Bay, LLC processing plant.Missa Bay's parent company, Ready Pac, has issue ... More >>

  • Music

    September 9, 2010
  • News

    January 7, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Nutritional Supplement Maker in Boca Convicted of Fraud

    Flickr: DarkHairedGirl​Poor Frank Sarcona, AKA Frank Sarcone, AKA Dave Johnson. Whatever the chap's name, he lacks the creativity to concoct new scams. Sarcona -- let's stick with that -- was convicted last week by a federal jury for a host of fraud charges, after he violated the terms of an injun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    Your Starbucks Barista Coffee Grinder Could Be a Killer

    There's a killer on the loose.​It's a quiet Monday morning, and you're in your kitchen, making yourself a cup of fresh ground coffee with your Starbucks Barista coffee grinder. You pop some beans into the hopper and press the grind button. Ah, smell that fresh coffee smell. After a few seconds, yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Nelson Helps Get Nord Nixed

    If you've noticed that Sen. Bill Nelson has an extra spring in his step lately, it's because this week his friends in the Obama administration flushed the agency chief who has long held the top spot on Nelson's List of People to Fire. That would be Nancy Nord, who had been appointed by Bush in 2005 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    Who Is Nancy Nord?

    cpsc.govNancy NordSen. Bill Nelson of Florida wants Obama to fire Nancy Nord, chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. agency that he says ought to have been monitoring the quality of drywall being shipped here from China, the same drywall presently destroying the value of a slew of ... More >>

  • News

    August 23, 2007
  • News

    January 26, 2006

    Puppy Love?

    Only the dogs are blameless in Broward's strange war over Wizard of Claws

  • Subtropical Life

    May 12, 2005

    Best City in Which to Live


  • Goods and Services

    May 13, 2004
  • News

    October 16, 2003

    Who Ya Gonna Call?

    Anybody but Wayne Huizenga's Maroone, says one unhappy buyer

  • Restaurants

    May 15, 2003

    Best Live Music in a Restaurant

    Alligator Alley

  • Best of BPB

    May 16, 2002

    Best Reason to Live in South Florida

    Skyrocketing home values

  • News

    May 18, 2000

    The Grift of Gab

    Stephen Tashman made a small fortune launching Telecard Dispensing Corporation. If only his investors had been so lucky.

  • Foodstuffs

    May 11, 2000

    Best Soup

    Soup Doctor

  • News

    March 9, 2000

    The Real Boiler Room

    Hollywood's International Currency Management specialized in trading foreign currency -- and helping clients' money disappear

  • News

    July 29, 1999

    The Doctor Will Sell You Now

    Supplied by Rexall Showcase of Boca Raton, doctors and other distributors are pitching alternative forms of medicine that may not work in ways that may not be legal

  • News

    July 16, 1999

    If God Gives You Lemons, Make Millions

    That's what numerous lawsuits claim the Toy Store Group has done. Much to the chagrin of their customers.

  • News

    July 15, 1999

    If God Gives You Lemons, Make Millions

    That's what numerous lawsuits claim the Toy Store Group has done. Much to the chagrin of their customers.