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King has reportedly begun using their trademark to issue takedown notices

Office of Fair Trading continues crackdown on payday lenders as two more are shut down

Latest move by OFT on dodgy lenders that prey on vulnerable people

Barclaycard, one of the UK's largest credit-card providers, now reveals all its rates to potential customers

Julian Knight: Barclaycard forced to come clean over interest rates

After Independent on Sunday revelation, provider now spells out the real costs to new credit card applicants

GlaxoSmithKline faces inquiry over 'price fixing'

Fine could be as high as £2.6bn if competition rules were broken

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GlaxoSmithKline accused of deal to delay release of generic versions of anti-depressant drug

OFT says move denied the NHS 'significant' cost savings

OFT opens investigation into 'free apps' that allow children to buy in-game content

Free iPads and smartphones games which can leave parents facing hefty bills due to their children purchasing costly in-game features are to be investigated by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) over whether children are being unfairly pressured to pay for such content.

Under the new rules traders are expected to ensure any surcharges are representative of the actual processing cost involved

Big fees for credit card bookings now banned

Businesses are banned from today from automatically imposing excessive charges when customers use credit or debit cards to pay for a holiday, an air or train journey, a concert ticket or a visit to the theatre or cinema.

Calls for rental agents and landlords to be properly regulated

"Failure to regulate will mean that rogue agents will continue to blight the sector."

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Aviva Premiership chief rejects MP's claims league is run like a 'cartel'

Gareth Thomas, the MP for Harrow West, has written to the Office Of Fair Trading

Five Questions About: Gym membership

Don't tell me, prices are going up?

Quick Quid - Typical APR 1734%: Owned by US firm CashEuroNet UK, which also owns Quick-pay-day.co.uk. In 2011, Which? reported Quick Quid to the Information Commissioner’s Office over the unauthorised sale of personal details

Shackling the loan sharks: Payday hunters become the hunted

Tough new laws aim to stop short-term lenders taking advantage of vulnerable people in financial need

Tesco dairy fixing fine is cut to £6.5m

Tesco will pay a reduced £6.5m fine for its part in a dairy price-fixing scandal following an appeal ruling.

James Moore: Like it or not, legal loan shark's time has come

Outlook Loan sharking is a wonderful business to be in, especially if you can do it legally. There are more than 10 million potential customers out there that banks don't want to touch.

Mercedes-Benz fined over alleged market rigging

Mercedes-Benz and three commercial vehicle dealers are to pay fines totalling £2.6 million following an inquiry into market rigging.

Britvic and AG Barr merger hangs in the balance

Britvic and AG Barr's £1.5bn tie-up has suffered a huge setback after the deal was referred to the Competition Commission for an in-depth investigation.

Yellow Pages released from price cap

The struggling owner of the Yellow Pages will be boosted by the lifting of an outdated advertising price cap on the telephone directory this week.

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