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California has approved over 4,000 low-income, medically-fragile children for in-home nursing care, all paid for by the state's Medicaid program, Medi-Cal. But a new lawsuit claims those children aren't getting the around-the-clock nursing care they require and are supposed to receive by law.

"The state's failure to arrange for in-home nursing also creates an enormous strain on families, which in turn can lead to job loss, broken relationships, and caregiver burnout," according to plaintiffs' attorney William Leiner. "Some parents are forced to face the unfathomable possibility that their children may need to leave the family home to obtain needed nursing care."

Car Insurance Scams

Getting in a car accident is bad enough. You have to deal with insurance companies, car repairs, and sometimes even injuries and medical bills. But what if your car accident was actually part of a car insurance scam? 

Even if you're not involved in the accident, you're likely still paying the price of car insurance scams in the form of higher premiums as companies pass the cost on to consumers. Below are some common forms of this type of fraud and how you can avoid them.

In the wake of the 2007-08 financial crisis, Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency tasked with protecting consumer rights when dealing with banks, credit unions, debt collectors, mortgage servicers, payday lenders, securities firms, and other financial institutions.

Part of the CFPB's mission is taking, compiling, and tracking consumer complaints in a massive database, a database that, as of this writing, remains publicly viewable, searchable, and even downloadable. But interim CFPB head Mick Mulvaney has indicated the agency may shut down public access to the complaint database.

There is nothing sacred to scam artists. From summer jobs and jury duty, to grandparents and puppies, scammers will use anything to separate you from your money. And now they're targeting 9/11 survivors.

After prompting from prominent U.S. senators and congresspeople, the Federal Communications Commission is now warning New Yorkers that scammers are using the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund in an attempt to con consumers.

None of us want to waste food. But one restaurant may have taken that good intention a bit too far when it used uneaten rice from a dine-in customer and sent it out on a delivery order. The man who received the recycled rice is now suing the restaurant owner, claiming he violated food sanitation laws.

Besides the ick factor of receiving re-used food, is it actually illegal?

Uber Sued by for Sending Unsolicited Text Messages

Have you ever been dumped, but then your ex keeps texting you? Or maybe you asked someone out, they said no, but they're texting you anyway. It's weird. And annoying. In a pair of class action lawsuits filed in Florida, Uber is the ex, and former drivers are crying foul.