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News Release
5/25/2016
Jamie Court & Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has launched the first searchable website with hundreds of thousands of emails and other files uncovered from corruption scandals at the California Public Utilities Commission during Governor Jerry Brown's Administration.   www.PUCpapers.org allows the public, journalists, advocates, litigators, students and policymakers to search and uncover...
News Release
5/24/2016
Harvey Rosenfield, Clarence Ditlow & Joan Claybrook
Santa Monica, CA -- A backroom deal by the federal agency responsible for auto safety to allow automakers to avoid following federal safety rules is unlawful and will lead to more deaths and injuries, three top consumer advocates said today.  They urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to grant the formal petition the advocates filed in January to require automakers...
News Release
5/24/2016
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to open the set-top box market to competition offers savings to consumers, but should not be enacted unless a Pandora’s box of privacy issues are resolved with robust privacy protection regulations, Consumer Watchdog said in comments just filed with the agency. “There are great potential consumer benefits in...
Blog Post
5/17/2016
By Jamie Court
Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik recently took on the "drug money" against a November ballot measure to require the state to pay the lowest price available for prescription drugs, which is the Veterans Administration prices.    Drug companies have put up $100 million against the effort by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to rein in state drug costs.    There...
Blog Post
4/27/2016
By Jamie Court
It's probably hard to feel the sting of state gasoline prices, that are 70 cents per gallon above US prices, when you are in an ivory tower.  Perhaps that's why some of the academics on California Energy Commission's Petroleum Market Advisory Committee (PMAC) are taking a slow train to recommendations about how to fix the Golden State gouge that's been causing pain at the...
Blog Post
4/20/2016
By Jamie Court
Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and that goes for blackout threats too.   The California Senate Energy, Utilities & Commerce Committee has set an oversight hearing for May 10th to ask state energy regulators about last week's controversial report that absent Aliso Canyon's gas storage there would be blackouts this summer in Southern California.    A report by...
News Release
5/25/2016
Jamie Court & Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has launched the first searchable website with hundreds of thousands of emails and other files uncovered from corruption scandals at the California Public Utilities Commission during Governor Jerry Brown's Administration.   www.PUCpapers.org allows the public, journalists, advocates, litigators, students and policymakers to search and uncover...
News Release
5/24/2016
Harvey Rosenfield, Clarence Ditlow & Joan Claybrook
Santa Monica, CA -- A backroom deal by the federal agency responsible for auto safety to allow automakers to avoid following federal safety rules is unlawful and will lead to more deaths and injuries, three top consumer advocates said today.  They urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to grant the formal petition the advocates filed in January to require automakers...
News Release
5/24/2016
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to open the set-top box market to competition offers savings to consumers, but should not be enacted unless a Pandora’s box of privacy issues are resolved with robust privacy protection regulations, Consumer Watchdog said in comments just filed with the agency. “There are great potential consumer benefits in...
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
5/23/2016
CWD Founder Harvey Rosenfield speaks about "Breaking Through Power" on CPAN3 - Part 1
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5/23/2016
CWD Founder Harvey Rosenfield speaks about "Breaking Through Power" on CPAN3 - Part 2.
Video
4/27/2016
John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog says robot cars are not safe enough yet and urged the NHTSA to require a steering wheel, brake and accelerator so a human driver can take control if needed.

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