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News Release
10/23/2017
Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA -- Today a “John Doe” HIV patient along with consumer advocates at Consumer Watchdog and Whatley Kallas, LLP announced the filing of a new lawsuit against Aetna, Inc. for violating patient privacy in connection with the resolution of a prior legal action. The new lawsuit alleges Aetna breached the settlement agreement in the prior legal action by disclosing patients...
News Release
10/23/2017
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – AT&T and Google third-quarter lobbying expenditures this year both topped $4 million with the telecommunications conglomerate barely edging out the Internet giant for having spent the most money in the period to influence federal policymakers, Consumer Watchdog said today. AT&T barely kept the lead as its 2017 third quarter expenses increased to $4.43 million from...
News Release
10/16/2017
Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Over the weekend, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation merging two water districts to benefit Five Point Holdings, builder of a massive new development called Newhall Ranch in northern L.A. County. Kathleen Brown, the governor’s sister, sits on the board and was paid $122,667 in 2016, according to a Five Point prospectus filed with the SEC. “It’s...
Blog Post
10/6/2017
By Jamie Court
  When we celebrate the Rage for Justice, it’s cases like Martins beach that inspire me.   A high-tech billionaire closes down public access to a beach and is sued to open it up. He refuses to comply with regulators or the courts in order to keep open an access road to a public beach that belongs to all Californians and, in particular, the surfers that have been...
Blog Post
10/5/2017
by John Ennis
If you were to go looking for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti right now, you’d have a hard time. The media has taken note, with the L.A. Times asking “Where in the World is Mayor Garcetti?” Downtown News asks “What in the World is Eric Garcetti Up To?” L.A Weekly asked “Has Mayor Garrett Been Away From L.A. Too Much?” While questions swirl as to where...
Blog Post
9/26/2017
By Jamie Court
Americans are waking up.  Reality sucks and we have a better way.   Sharing the midday, San Francisco sunlight with Bernie Sanders Friday, I had a rare feeling these days, that everything is going to be all right.  It felt just the way Bob Marley sang it. Bernie thundered away from the stage in Yerba Buena park to the applause of a thousand nurses from the mighty California Nurses...
News Release
10/23/2017
Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA -- Today a “John Doe” HIV patient along with consumer advocates at Consumer Watchdog and Whatley Kallas, LLP announced the filing of a new lawsuit against Aetna, Inc. for violating patient privacy in connection with the resolution of a prior legal action. The new lawsuit alleges Aetna breached the settlement agreement in the prior legal action by disclosing patients...
News Release
10/23/2017
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – AT&T and Google third-quarter lobbying expenditures this year both topped $4 million with the telecommunications conglomerate barely edging out the Internet giant for having spent the most money in the period to influence federal policymakers, Consumer Watchdog said today. AT&T barely kept the lead as its 2017 third quarter expenses increased to $4.43 million from...
News Release
10/16/2017
Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Over the weekend, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation merging two water districts to benefit Five Point Holdings, builder of a massive new development called Newhall Ranch in northern L.A. County. Kathleen Brown, the governor’s sister, sits on the board and was paid $122,667 in 2016, according to a Five Point prospectus filed with the SEC. “It’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
9/16/2015
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
9/13/2017
How Badly Did Equifax Mishandle Its Data Breach? from Rising Up With Sonali on Vimeo. In light of the Equifax hack, Jamie and Sonali talk about what mistakes were made and how Equifax acted irresponcibly both before and after the breach, leading to the data breach of millions of Americans.
Video
9/10/2017
After Equifax's data breech it has tried to placate the public by offering free credit monitoring, on the condition you waive your right to sue. This may violate California law, says Consumer Watchdog.
Video
9/6/2017
http://consumerwatchdog.org/questioncliff — At the Senate Rules Committe Hearing for the confirmation of PUC Commissioner Cliff Rechtschaffen, many questions were raised, and few were answered.

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