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F&I’s Shifting Paradigm

Physicist, historian and philosopher Thomas Kuhn fathered, defined and popularized the concept of a “paradigm shift” in the 1960s. He argued that advancement is not evolutionary but rather a “series of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually...

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GM, law firm can keep ignition-switch documents secret, U.S. judge rules

General Motors and its law firm need not turn over privileged documents to drivers hoping to show that the automaker intended to commit a crime or fraud by concealing defective ignition switches in their vehicles, a federal judge ruled today. ... Read More »

How Toyota used Nascar to sway loyal American car buyers

For years Toyota has been marketing itself to the Nascar audience as an increasingly American company -- and Nascar fans are growing more receptive. ... Read More »

Takata ignored employees’ inflator concerns, report says

Embattled automotive safety products supplier Takata ignored concerns from employees about misleading and manipulated data provided to Honda about its airbag inflators from as early as 2000, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. ... Read More »

Chinese automaker Dongfeng removes president under graft suspicion

Dongfeng Motor Group said it removed President Zhu Fushou from his position, after the government launched an investigation on him for suspected graft earlier this month. ... Read More »

Ford touts ‘backup trailer assist’ function in new F-150 ads

Comedian Denis Leary is crowing about something new in Ford F-150 ads: technology that is meant to make backing up a trailer easier. ... Read More »

FTC Obtains Contempt Ruling Against ‘Yellow Pages’ Scam

At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has banned Robert Ray Law and his company, CPU Service Incorporated (CPU) from sending unsolicited direct mail to advertise or promote goods or services, imposed a judgment of almost $400,000, and required...

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FTC Halts Bogus Envelope-Stuffing Scam

Consumers Seeking to Work from Home Lost Millions of Dollars At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has halted a nationwide work-at-home scam that took more than $7 million from tens of thousands of consumers. The defendants allegedly lured...

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FTC Requires NXP Semiconductors N.V. to Divest RF Power Amplifier Assets as a Condition of Acquiring Freescale Semiconductor Ltd.

Divestiture Will Preserve Competition in Worldwide Market for RF Power Amplifiers NXP Semiconductors N.V. has agreed to sell its RF power amplifier assets in order to settle FTC charges that its proposed $11.8 billion acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor Ltd....

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FTC Seeks Public Input in Review of Holder Rule

As part of the Federal Trade Commission's systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides, the FTC is seeking public comment on the efficiency, costs, benefits, and impact of the Holder Rule, which protects the rights of consumers who make a purchase using...

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