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King has reportedly begun using their trademark to issue takedown notices

Payday loan firms that are flouting the law

Unscrupulous online lenders are acting outside the law, our investigators found.

Web dealer Groupon cuts UK jobs

Groupon is cutting its British workforce, just months after the deal-of-the-day website was found guilty of "widespread" breaches of consumer protection rules.

David Cameron adviser Jonathan Luff quits to join payday lender Wonga as lobbyist

A senior adviser to David Cameron has quit Downing Street to become a lobbyist for Wonga, the controversial payday lender, renewing concerns about the "revolving door" between government and business.

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 30 October 2012

Eurotunnel deal referred by OFT

Office of Fair Trading intervenes over school uniform costs

Parents are spending tens of millions of pounds more than they need to on school uniforms because of exclusive deals between schools and suppliers, the Office of Fair Trading said today.

Victory for campaigners as rip-off lenders face instant closure

Rogue payday lenders who rip-off vulnerable people face instant closure under a new crackdown set to be introduced next spring.

Deals for theatre from companies such Groupon and KGB should be carefully calculated

If you're looking for Christmas deals, read the small print

Websites offering cheap group buying, cashback and other offers should not be taken at face value

US-owned Groupon had nine out of 10 complaints upheld

Complaints soar about offers in website ads

Misleading adverts from group-buying websites that offer deals and discounts have prompted a rising number of complaints.

Costly 'prizes' firms breach EU law, judges rule

Companies tantalising consumers with “prizes” which then cost money to claim or use are breaching EU law, judges ruled today.

Wonga have a shirt sponsorship deal with Blackpool

Simon Read: Need cash? Need an APR of 4,214 per cent? Welcome to Newcastle's new sponsor Wonga

Wonga is Britain's biggest payday lender, although it doesn't like to be called that. Instead, it says it offers short-term, high-cost credit.

Investment View: Insurance woes make Direct Line wrong destination

Direct Line: Our view: Avoid

Kate Hughes: Drivers' wallets hit as regulators take two more years

An investigation into the car insurance industry is already long overdue, yet still there's delay

No Pain No Gain: Farewell to an old friend, but we're still ahead

The no pain, no gain portfolio has been forced to sell the shares of Hargreaves Services, the coal-to-transport group, following their fall to 700p last week. Earlier this year, the price comfortably exceeded 1,200p and I was happily congratulating myself on picking such an outstanding stock. Then came a profits warning – and many shareholders watched miserably as their rewards evaporated.

Drivers pay £10 extra on premiums due to 'dysfunctional' motor insurance market

British drivers are paying an extra £10 each year in premiums due to a “dysfunctional” motor insurance market, according to the trading watchdog.

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