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News Release
4/24/2015
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the demise of the Comcast -Time Warner Cable deal in the face of strong objections by federal regulators as a victory for consumers and the public interest group called on the Federal Communications Commission and Justice Department to block the pending merger of AT&T and DIRECTV. When the $45 billion Comcast -Time Warner Cable merger...
News Release
4/23/2015
Jamie Court & John Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called for amendments to proposals under consideration in San Francisco and in the California Senate aimed at regulating home sharing platforms like Airbnb, that would ensure privacy and allow occupancy taxes to be collected. “You can collect taxes and protect privacy at the same time,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s...
News Release
4/22/2015
Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross has, once again, failed to justify a rate increase on consumers, overcharging policyholders $33 million that California’s Insurance Commissioner should have the power to reject, said Consumer Watchdog today. Anthem has imposed an average 8.7 percent premium increase on consumers with individual grandfathered health insurance policies. $33 million...
Blog Post
4/8/2015
By John M. Simpson
You’d think that an app supposedly designed to deliver video to young kids would deliver appropriate child friendly content and offer things like parental parental control over how long kids can use the app. It would be a sort of walled garden where kids could enjoy online videos without being exposed to the tawdry and seamier side of the Internet. That’s what Google promised with...
Blog Post
3/18/2015
By Jamie Court
Remember, months ago, when we called out nonprofit Blue Shield for spending policyholder money to buy a luxury skybox at San Francisco 49ers games? State tax collectors have finally revoked the nonprofit health insurance company’s tax exemption following years of our criticism about its lavish perks, excessive executive pay, padded bank account, and huge premium increases.   Just...
Blog Post
2/26/2015
By Jamie Court
Leave it to Washington DC to hand Americans what is probably the greatest consumer victory from that town in a decade, then to not show them the actual rules. This morning my 8 year old and I listened as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) declared "All bits are created equal" and voted for a new age of Internet freedom and openness for the most powerful platform in the world....
News Release
4/24/2015
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the demise of the Comcast -Time Warner Cable deal in the face of strong objections by federal regulators as a victory for consumers and the public interest group called on the Federal Communications Commission and Justice Department to block the pending merger of AT&T and DIRECTV. When the $45 billion Comcast -Time Warner Cable merger...
News Release
4/23/2015
Jamie Court & John Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called for amendments to proposals under consideration in San Francisco and in the California Senate aimed at regulating home sharing platforms like Airbnb, that would ensure privacy and allow occupancy taxes to be collected. “You can collect taxes and protect privacy at the same time,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s...
News Release
4/22/2015
Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross has, once again, failed to justify a rate increase on consumers, overcharging policyholders $33 million that California’s Insurance Commissioner should have the power to reject, said Consumer Watchdog today. Anthem has imposed an average 8.7 percent premium increase on consumers with individual grandfathered health insurance policies. $33 million...
Legal Update
6/16/2014
By Jerry Flanagan
Over the weekend, one of our federal employee "John Doe" clients received a nice surprise from his health insurer: the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association ("BCBS") will no longer charge higher (discriminatory) co-pays for HIV drugs and has taken HIV drugs off its mandatory mail-order drug list, which threatened patient health, safety, and privacy. Read the letter from BCBS here...
Legal Update
3/6/2014
By Laura Antonini
Attorneys at Consumer Watchdog and a group of law firms representing owners of Hyundai and Kia vehicles whose fuel economy (miles per gallon) was misrepresented by Hyundai and Kia say the terms of a proposed settlement between the vehicle manufacturers and two other plaintiffs’ law firms should be improved, according to a lengthy analysis prepared by the Consumer Watchdog team. The analysis...
Legal Update
3/6/2014
By Laura Antonini
On March 19, 2014, the California Court of Appeal will hold a hearing on DIRECTV’s attempt to force its customers who were wrongly charged early cancellation penalties to bring claims individually before private arbitrators rather than proceed in court as a class action. The class action lawsuit, brought by Consumer Watchdog’s attorneys on behalf of DIRECTV customers, claims that...
Video
4/9/2015
Consumer Watchdog said refiners continued to reap a windfall in the wake of refinery shutdowns in February, driving prices at the pump artificially high, a situation exacerbated by low gasoline inventories in California.
Video
4/9/2015
California drivers paid $1 billion extra at the pump in March, when compared to the national average gas price charged to U.S. drivers, according to an analysis of the latest government data by Consumer Watchdog.
Video
4/8/2015
Consumer Watchdog has joined a coalition of prominent children’s and consumer advocacy groups that filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission today requesting an investigation of Google, charging the company with unfair and deceptive practices in connection with its new YouTube Kids app.

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