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News Release
2/3/2016
Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – President Obama proposed another $1.2 billion in federal funding to raise the ante in the fight against opioid abuse, including funds to expand the use of state prescription drug databases. A California bill would implement this prevention strategy by requiring physicians to check California’s prescription drug database before prescribing opiates.   “...
News Release
2/2/2016
Cody Rosenfield & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Tesoro, the state’s second largest refiner, reported today that 2015 was its best year ever for refining in California. Based on an analysis of the company’s annual filing, Consumer Watchdog has found that in 2015 the company made $1.9 billion in California alone- their best year ever by over a billion dollars. The company controls 27% of California’s...
Video
2/2/2016
Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project director John M. Simpson says the need to require a licensed driver behind the wheel is obvious after a review of the results from seven companies that have been testing robot cars since September 2014.
Blog Post
12/22/2015
By Jamie Court
It’s with tremendous sadness that I need to share with you that Consumer Watchdog board member and our great friend Kathy Olsen passed away this weekend.  Kathy was one of the most generous and kind people I ever knew. She gave so much of herself and of her family to fight for greater safety for all patients and greater accountability for the medical insurance complex. A determined...
Blog Post
11/13/2015
By John M. Simpson
One thing is for certain when it comes to the Internet giant, whether you now refer to it as Alphabet or still call it Google.  The folks from Mountain View are adept at spouting self-serving spin. Here's the latest example. A traffic cop stopped one of the company’s prototype pod cars for impeding traffic.  According to the police account of the incident on the department...
Blog Post
11/10/2015
By Carmen Balber
According to the Associated Press, Gov. Jerry Brown used public employees to investigate the potential for finding oil on his private land. Isn’t it a misuse of public funds for the governor to have the state’s oil and gas agency map and survey his personal property? The governor's office told the Los Angeles Times that Brown "has the same right as anyone to obtain...
News Release
2/3/2016
Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – President Obama proposed another $1.2 billion in federal funding to raise the ante in the fight against opioid abuse, including funds to expand the use of state prescription drug databases. A California bill would implement this prevention strategy by requiring physicians to check California’s prescription drug database before prescribing opiates.   “...
News Release
2/2/2016
Cody Rosenfield & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Tesoro, the state’s second largest refiner, reported today that 2015 was its best year ever for refining in California. Based on an analysis of the company’s annual filing, Consumer Watchdog has found that in 2015 the company made $1.9 billion in California alone- their best year ever by over a billion dollars. The company controls 27% of California’s...
News Release
2/1/2016
Jamie Court & Charles Langley
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog and the law offices of Aquirre & Severson petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission for an open investigation into the Porter Ranch leak, including the immediate release of key documents and a PUC meeting in Los Angeles within 10 days to discuss the petition. “The CPUC has failed to comply with California laws and the CPUC’s own...
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...
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...
Video
2/2/2016
Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project director John M. Simpson says the need to require a licensed driver behind the wheel is obvious after a review of the results from seven companies that have been testing robot cars since September 2014.
Video
2/2/2016
Consumer Watchdog's John M. Simpson explains why robot cars need a licensed driver in the car with the option to override the driverless system.  
Video
2/1/2016
Consumer Watchdog is demanding the California Public Utilities Commission conduct an open, full and public investigation into the Porter Ranch gas leak.

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