Better Business Bureau: Look out for these holiday scams

President of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau Sue McConnell joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss a variety of scams listeners may encounter as the holiday season approaches. Continue reading

Zantac users diagnosed with cancer may be entitled to compensation

Zantac was pulled from store shelves two years ago because its use was linked to various forms of cancer due to the medication containing a product used in the manufacturing of jet fuel.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has labeled N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) as a probable carcinogen. Furthermore, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found the heartburn medication’s use of NDMA could lead to cancer in humans, if taken in a high doses. Sanofi, the manufacturer of the brand-name version of Zantac, recalled its product in 2019. Since then, the company reformulated its recipe, as new versions of the drug sold on shelves today do not contain the cancer-causing chemical.

Brian Kelley, an Associate with Kelley & Ferraro, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the lawsuits filed against Sanofi by people who used Zantac and developed cancer, as well as other lawsuits by relatives of people who passed away after using Zantac and developing cancer. Continue reading

Kelley & Ferraro lawyer discusses Zantac and Philips CPAP recalls

Joyce Reichard, an Associate at Kelley & Ferraro, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Zantac and Philips CPAP recalls, both of which have spurred numerous lawsuits because of their potentially cancer causing effects. Continue reading

Better Business Bureau cautions against online charity scammers

In the face of national disasters such as the recent Haitian earthquake and humanitarian crises resulting from the U.S. troop withdrawal in Afghanistan, many Americans feel one way to help is to give to charitable organizations.

Unfortunately, these events also provide opportunities for scammers.

Cleveland Better Business Bureau President and CEO Sue McConnell, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss what to look out for when evaluating a charity and how to spot charity scammers. Continue reading

Help available for families behind on utility bills

For many families, the financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has been tough. Many people were laid off, while others changed careers due to unforeseen circumstances caused by a changing economy. As a result, many families have fallen behind on their utility bills.

Andrew Tinkham, Senior Outreach and Education Program Specialist with the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the help that is available for families. Continue reading

Travelers beware: Scammers ramping up efforts as Americans go on vacation

With the COVID-19 pandemic subsiding, Americans are getting comfortable going to live music events, sporting events and traveling. Scammers however are taking advantage of this eagerness to be more active.

The Better Business Bureau works to snuff out scams before they can grab hold of unknowing consumers. Cleveland Better Business Bureau President Sue McConnell joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss post-pandemic scams. Continue reading

Texas blackouts cause states to analyze their own power plans

While most states regulate their power grid and connect into the U.S. grid, states such as Texas have suffered catastrophic consequences in the name of deregulation, which which caused many in the state to suffer physical and financial hardship.

Ohio has done well to ensure residents have reliable power in the event of a bad storm. Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Senior Outreach and Education Program Specialist Andrew Tinkham appeared on America’s Work Force Union Podcast and explained why Texans suffered following the storm. He also discussed Ohio’s energy sectors and the current happenings within it. Continue reading

Scams on the rise as American’s return to normal life

As COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available, Americans are beginning to travel and participate in the economy on a larger scale. This has opened many people up to scams, especially in the travel and funeral industries.

The Better Business Bureau works to limit the amount of people who fall victim to these scams by warning consumers. Cleveland Better Business Bureau President Sue McConnell joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to warn listeners about some current scams. Continue reading