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7/27/2016
Consumer Watchdog's executive director Carmen Balber discusses the current state of health insurance in California, touching on the proposed mega-mergers and why they're bad for consumers, as well as Covered California's announced rate hikes and why they can't be stopped currently.
News Release
7/26/2016
Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Challenging a proposal from the Farmers Insurance group of companies to hike its homeowners insurance rates by nearly 7.0% overall, or $78 million, Consumer Watchdog filed a petition today alleging that Farmers should instead decrease its overall rates and urging the Department of Insurance to hold a hearing. The proposed rate increase affects over 1.2 million Farmers...
Blog Post
7/22/2016
By Carmen Balber
Obama administration officials’ love affair with self-driving cars is so blinding that even a fatal crash – caused when a Tesla in autopilot mode failed to "see" a white truck against a bright sky – has failed to slow their rush to deploy robot cars on public highways. In fact, speaking at the Automated Vehicle Symposium in San Francisco this week, both Transportation...
Blog Post
7/22/2016
By Carmen Balber
Obama administration officials’ love affair with self-driving cars is so blinding that even a fatal crash – caused when a Tesla in autopilot mode failed to "see" a white truck against a bright sky – has failed to slow their rush to deploy robot cars on public highways. In fact, speaking at the Automated Vehicle Symposium in San Francisco this week, both Transportation...
Blog Post
7/7/2016
By Carmen Balber
Consumer Watchdog joined the nation’s leading consumer groups to submit a white paper to the Department of Justice today demonstrating why any potential remedies in the proposed Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana mergers will not work to protect consumers from harm in a more concentrated health insurance market. Consumer Watchdog called on the Department of Justice to reject the mergers last...
Blog Post
6/29/2016
By Jamie Court
It takes hubris befitting a king for the US Supreme Court to rule, on the eve of celebrating the Declaration of Independence, our founding screed against political corruption, that a jury cannot convict a governor for taking $177,000 in loans and favors from a donor he used his political office to help. Forget that trial by jury was one of the grievances enumerated against King George, or that...
News Release
7/26/2016
Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Challenging a proposal from the Farmers Insurance group of companies to hike its homeowners insurance rates by nearly 7.0% overall, or $78 million, Consumer Watchdog filed a petition today alleging that Farmers should instead decrease its overall rates and urging the Department of Insurance to hold a hearing. The proposed rate increase affects over 1.2 million Farmers...
News Release
7/21/2016
John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON -- Google trimmed its spending on federal lobbying in the second quarter of 2016 by 8.2 percent from the year before to $4.24 million, according to disclosure forms just filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, but still significantly outspent other tech and communications giants. Google spent $4.62 million, million on federal lobbying in the second quarter of 2015...
News Release
7/19/2016
Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said the 13.2% rise in health insurance premiums for 2017 announced by Covered California is the result of the state’s failure to enact health insurance rate regulation like nearly 40 other states. “These outrageous premium hikes are the consequence of California’s failure to adopt health insurance premium regulation like the majority of the...
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
7/27/2016
Consumer Watchdog's executive director Carmen Balber discusses the current state of health insurance in California, touching on the proposed mega-mergers and why they're bad for consumers, as well as Covered California's announced rate hikes and why they can't be stopped currently.
Video
7/18/2016
As automakers race to create cars that can drive themselves, a growing chorus of consumer advocates is demanding that the companies — and their federal regulators — slow down.
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7/18/2016
Consumer Watchdog has written a letter to President Obama urging his administration to stop attempts allowing autonomous vehicle technology on the roads in the wake of reports of a fatal crash involving Tesla’s autonomous system.

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