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News Release
2/27/2017
Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – Physician oversight remains broken four years after a legislative review committee considered shutting down the Medical Board of California if it did not improve patient protection, Consumer Watchdog will testify today at the sunset review hearing into the future of the Board. Many consumers who complain to the Medical Board when they are harmed by a doctor are not...
News Release
2/16/2017
John Simpson
  SANTA MONICA, CA – Five public interest groups have joined in proposing 10 key steps to the Federal Trade ​Commission that they said the agency must take to ensure the FTC adequately protects consumers. In a letter to Acting FTC Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen and Commissioner Terrell McSweeney the groups wrote: “American consumers today are at great risk of identity theft,...
News Release
2/14/2017
Jerry Flanigan
  Santa Monica, CA – Consumers are just beginning to discover that Anthem eliminated coverage for out-of-network doctors ​now that the Affordable Care Act “Open Enrollment Period” to secure health coverage for 2017 ended on January 31. “Anthem broke the law and its promises to consumers by illegally eliminating coverage for doctors not participating in Anthem’s...
Blog Post
1/18/2017
By Carmen Balber
California consumers and small business owners saved $246 million dollars on their insurance in 2016 thanks to public rate challenges brought by Consumer Watchdog under insurance reform initiative Proposition 103. Since 2002, Consumer Watchdog rate challenges have saved policyholders $3.2 billion on their auto, home, condo, earthquake, commercial and medical malpractice insurance rates...
Blog Post
1/9/2017
By Laura Antonini
Anthem Blue Cross delivered a blow to its California individual and family plan members at the start of the new year by stripping policies of out-of-network coverage. The worst part: most of these consumers don’t even know yet that they lost their out-of-network coverage for 2017. As of January 1, Anthem converted its 2016 PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) health plans, which provide...
Blog Post
12/18/2016
By Jamie Court
Uber is hearing Tommy Petty. It won't back down in its dispute with the California Department of Motor Vehicles over putting its robot cars on California roads without a license to drive. Consumer Watchdog has advocated the test robot cars be impounded and the California Attorney General has now sent a letter telling Uber it will take the company to court. So why is Uber so emboldened in its...
News Release
2/27/2017
Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – Physician oversight remains broken four years after a legislative review committee considered shutting down the Medical Board of California if it did not improve patient protection, Consumer Watchdog will testify today at the sunset review hearing into the future of the Board. Many consumers who complain to the Medical Board when they are harmed by a doctor are not...
News Release
2/16/2017
John Simpson
  SANTA MONICA, CA – Five public interest groups have joined in proposing 10 key steps to the Federal Trade ​Commission that they said the agency must take to ensure the FTC adequately protects consumers. In a letter to Acting FTC Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen and Commissioner Terrell McSweeney the groups wrote: “American consumers today are at great risk of identity theft,...
News Release
2/14/2017
Jerry Flanigan
  Santa Monica, CA – Consumers are just beginning to discover that Anthem eliminated coverage for out-of-network doctors ​now that the Affordable Care Act “Open Enrollment Period” to secure health coverage for 2017 ended on January 31. “Anthem broke the law and its promises to consumers by illegally eliminating coverage for doctors not participating in Anthem’s...
Legal Update
12/14/2015
By Harvey Rosenfield
In the latest of a series of decisions closing the courthouse doors on consumers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning, 6 to 3, that DIRECTV customers in California who were illegally charged “cancellation fees” of up to $480 – often taken directly out of a consumer’s bank account or charged to a credit card without the customer’s permission – cannot join...
Legal Update
10/6/2015
By Jamie Court
Our attorneys' report from the US Supreme Court is that this morning’s oral argument didn’t reveal which way the majority was leaning in Imburgia v. DIRECTV. At issue is whether millions of consumers who paid exorbitant early termination fees can go to court in our class action, or are stuck in one-on-one mandatory arbitrations not contemplated by the contract that DIRECTV...
Legal Update
9/15/2015
By Harvey Rosenfield
Seven years ago, Consumer Watchdog’s legal team brought a class action lawsuit against DIRECTV on behalf of California customers who were charged unlawful early cancellation fees of up to $480 – often taken directly out of a consumer’s bank account or charged to a credit card without the customer’s permission. Next month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hold a hearing on...
Video
2/9/2017
Consumer Watchdog pressures the California DMV to take action after reports of Otto, Uber's self driving Truck company, seen driving on CA roads without a permit.
Video
2/7/2017
Visio is hit with a fine by the FTC for its illegal spying technology embedded in its Televisions.  Consumer Watchdog raises the alarm over the extent of this invasive practice.
Video
2/6/2017
Consumer Watchdog and it's coalition partners release report detailing Governor Brown's poor environmental record in addition to his role in the Aliso Canyon natural Gas facility's continued operation.  California has an energy glut in light of Jerry Brown's administrations continued role in the opening of new Natural Gas extraction operations.

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