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News Release
1/26/2015
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Communications Commission to ensure that vital privacy and consumer protections are in place when it issues new ‘net neutrality rules, probably next month. The FCC is widely expected to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service and issue rules regulating it as a common carrier under Title II of the...
News Release
1/26/2015
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Verizon’s use of “Supercookies” underscores the need for the Federal Communications Commission to maintain privacy and consumer protections as it reclassifies broadband companies such as Verizon as common carriers in order to protect ‘net neutrality, Consumer Watchdog said today. The nonpartisan, public interest group made the call for continued...
News Release
1/21/2015
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google spent a record $16.83 million on lobbying in its efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2014, just ahead of Comcast’s reported $16.80 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit public interest group, monitors the lobbying disclosure...
Blog Post
1/8/2015
By Jamie Court
The announcement by Senator Boxer, a true champion of the underdog (watch her Rage for Justice speech), that she will not run for the Senate in 2016 will likely make a lot of other state officials rethink how they do their jobs. It's a lot like the moves you make playing musical chairs to make sure the music doesn't run out without you getting a seat. Will the public be better or...
Blog Post
12/31/2014
By Consumer Watchdog Admin
Fighting abuses at the world's largest corporations isn't easy, but thanks to your support Consumer Watchdog made big some changes in 2014. Will you support Consumer Watchdog's pioneering consumer advocacy with a tax-deductible contribution before the year's over?  Donate Here In 2014, our team saved California consumers more than $120 million on their auto and home...
Blog Post
12/23/2014
By Consumer Watchdog Admin
In today’s New York Times you can read about Consumer Watchdog’s new lawsuit against insurance giant Aetna for discriminating against patients with HIV. In today’s San Francisco Chronicle you can read about our report warning that California oil companies will likely try to artificially jack up gas prices in a “January Surprise” to undermine California’s...
News Release
1/26/2015
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Communications Commission to ensure that vital privacy and consumer protections are in place when it issues new ‘net neutrality rules, probably next month. The FCC is widely expected to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service and issue rules regulating it as a common carrier under Title II of the...
News Release
1/26/2015
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Verizon’s use of “Supercookies” underscores the need for the Federal Communications Commission to maintain privacy and consumer protections as it reclassifies broadband companies such as Verizon as common carriers in order to protect ‘net neutrality, Consumer Watchdog said today. The nonpartisan, public interest group made the call for continued...
News Release
1/21/2015
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google spent a record $16.83 million on lobbying in its efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2014, just ahead of Comcast’s reported $16.80 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit public interest group, monitors the lobbying disclosure...
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
1/12/2015
A Sacramento judge has tentatively ruled that Mercury Insurance cannot pass on the costs of institutional advertising, like its golf tournament the Mercury Open, to policyholders. Auto and home insurance ratepayers will saving millions.
Video
1/6/2015
Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog talks about how deregulation of the TV cable industry has led to the profiteering by these companies, and that the recent proposed mergers will make things worse if approved.
Video
1/5/2015
MID-CITY (CBSLA.com) — Drivers are rejoicing after the price of crude oil dropped again Monday, signaling another fall for gas prices. Crude oil slipped to below $50 per barrel for the first time in five years, and experts predict prices at the pump could remain in the range of $2 per gallon into the spring. The dwindling numbers are tied to a global glut and a sharp decline in crude oil,...

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