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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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4/29/2016
Op-Ed Commentary by Jamie Court, LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
Recently, city leaders, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Gov. Jerry Brown administration energy regulators warned of “blackouts” if Aliso Canyon’s natural gas storage remains shut. They pointed to a state report, raising the blackout threat, after which Southern California Gas Co. said it would have Aliso operating again by...
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4/28/2016
By Shirley Siluk, TOP TECH NEWS
In the wake of new antitrust objections to Google's Android operating system announced by the European Commission (EC) last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reportedly widening its own probe into the tech giant. Citing "people familiar with the matter," the Wall Street Journal earlier this week reported that FTC staff...
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4/27/2016
By David Louie, KGO ABC TV-7 Bay Area, CA
PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) -- The drive to develop autonomous vehicles is evident throughout Silicon Valley where companies large and small are working on the technology, so now federal regulators are starting to step in to set safety rules. Competition drives innovation, and a major focus is on creating autonomous vehicles that are safer than cars...
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4/27/2016
By Nick Statt, THE VERGE
Autonomous vehicle regulations are fast approaching Some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley and the auto industry pleaded with government officials today to employ restraint in issuing regulations for self-driving cars. The meeting was the second of two public hearings on autonomous vehicles held by the Department of Transportation's...
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4/26/2016
By Paul Ingrassia, Alexandria Sage & David Shepardson, REUTERS
The battle to dominate the next generation of cars hinges in part on autonomous driving technology. Google has built a leading position - thanks not just to its tech expertise, but also its persistent lobbying. AUSTIN, Texas – The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Plaza here is a strip mall with a pet-accessories store, a Thai restaurant and a yogurt...
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4/25/2016
By Nancy Cook and Sarah Karlin-Smith, POLITICO
The industry is expected to pour $100 million into an effort to squash the November ballot initiative Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton give drug makers the jitters when they talk about Medicare negotiating the prices of prescription drugs. But the biggest near-term threat to the industry comes from a California ballot initiative that would test a...
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4/25/2016
By Paul Magers, KCBS TV-2 Los Angeles, CA
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Thousands of Californians are owed millions of dollars in life insurance benefits and may not even know it. Now, the state Controller’s Office is trying to hand $307 million to its proper owners. State officials said beneficiaries did not know they were named in the policies, and insurance...
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4/25/2016
By Victoria Colliver, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
The proposed $37 billion merger between health insurers Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. will face regulatory scrutiny Wednesday in a hearing by the California Department of Insurance. The 9 a.m. hearing in Room 113 of the State Capitol in Sacramento comes on the heels of last month’s meeting over Anthem Inc.’s plan to acquire Cigna Corp....
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4/22/2016
By Christopher Cadelago, SACRAMENTO BEE
When California lawmakers met last week to begin asking questions about the recent rise in gasoline prices, Tom Steyer took notice. Steyer, the billionaire environmental activist and Democratic mega-donor, signed his name to a letter Monday sharing his appreciation for the Senate’s preliminary probe into why gas prices rose by more than $1...
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4/21/2016
By Michele Chandler, INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY
Alphabet (GOOGL)-owned Google, Apple (AAPL) and Comcast (CMCSA) have slashed spending on D.C. lobbying, according to a report Thursday from Consumer Watchdog. Still, Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project Director John Simpson said in a statement, “It’s important to understand just how much money these companies are throwing around in...