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Consumer Watchdog's experts and advocates are quoted every day in the printed press, online, and on TV and radio. Below are selections from our appearances in the news.

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10/17/2017
By Ivan Penn, LOS ANGELES TIMES
The deadliest wildfires in state history have raised questions about whether a repeat culprit might again be to blame for starting or spreading at least some of the Northern California blazes: utility companies and their equipment. The explosive failure of power lines and other electrical equipment has regularly ranked among the top three...
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10/17/2017
By Katie Townley and Christie Grymes Thompson, AD LAW ACCESS
Last Friday, ten consumer and privacy advocacy groups, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Center for Digital Democracy, and Consumer Watchdog, sent a letter to Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle, requesting that the CPSC recall the Google Home Mini smart speaker. The speaker was designed to respond to the voice commands, “...
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10/16/2017
By Susan Crabtree, WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
Despite Sen. Kamala Harris's crusade against outlets that allow advertisements for underage trafficking, the California Democrat has resisted publicly commenting or signing onto bipartisan legislation that would allow families of victims and states to sue Backpage.com and other websites. Harris, while serving as California's attorney...
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10/13/2017
By Jeff Lagasse, HEALTHCARE FINANCE NEWS
Consumer Watchdog says "junk" health plans could leave patients on the hook for unlimited medical bills. When President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order encouraging expanded access to association health plans and short-term, limited-duration plans, medical and consumer advocacy groups issued a flurry of reactions to the move...
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10/12/2017
By Pete Bigelow, CAR AND DRIVER
California has inched one step closer to permitting the testing of fully driverless vehicles on its public roads, a development that could come as soon as 2018. Officials with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles have unveiled long-awaited revisions of proposed regulations that pave the way for further testing and deployment of...
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10/12/2017
By Libby Denkmann, AIRTALK - KPCC 89.3FM
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. Are California freeways ready for driverless cars with no one behind the wheel? The California Department of Motor Vehicles is continuing with its push to have fully autonomous vehicles on the road in the Golden State as early as June of next year, releasing a revised set of...
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10/12/2017
By Cheryl Miller, THE RECORDER
California regulators on Wednesday rolled out the latest proposed rules for regulating driverless cars, staking their claim for strong state oversight in the face of increased calls for federal preemption. The new rules for testing and deployment made mostly minor changes to draft regulations released in March. There’s more...
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10/11/2017
By Carolyn Said, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Robot cars with no steering wheels, brake pedals or accelerator pedals — and no drivers — could be legal in California by June under updated regulations proposed by the state Department of Motor Vehicles on Wednesday. However, makers of the autonomous cars must certify their safety to federal regulators under standards that are still...
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10/11/2017
By David Shepardson, REUTERS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - California regulators on Wednesday unveiled revised rules that would allow self-driving cars to travel the state’s highways without human drivers for the first time as early as next year, a move that won the support of automakers. The new rules represent a compromise with automotive and technology companies, which had...
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10/11/2017
By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER
Driverless cars without human drivers could hit the streets of California as early as 2018, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.   On Wednesday, the California DMV unveiled its revised proposed regulations that roll out the red carpet for driverless car testing and public use of those vehicles. A public comment period...