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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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7/28/2015
By Lauren Keating, TECH TIMES
When it comes to the future of transportation, the first thing that comes to mind is the possibility of flying cars. It's easy to imagine an urban utopia with vehicles that float through the air, swerving around buildings, reaching toward the heavens. While Back to the Future: Part II wrongly predicted that we would have this technology...
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7/27/2015
Host: Larry Mantle - KPCC 89.3 FM Pasadena, CA
Consumer advocates are asking California Attorney General Kamala Harris to look into record-high oil industry profits this year. Consumer Watchdog, based in Santa Monica, wants Harris' antitrust division to investigate whether California oil refineries are keeping inventory low intentionally. New data compiled by the California Energy...
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7/27/2015
By Thomas Elias, THE DAILY BREEZE
On June 25, just one week before many California motorists began paying upwards of $4.30 per gallon for gasoline, the Bahamian-flagged tanker Teesta Spirit left Los Angeles headed for ports on the west coast of Mexico carrying more 300,000 barrels of gasoline refined in California. The Teesta Spirit was just one of nine large tankers that left...
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7/25/2015
By Staff Writers, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
In a mega-deal that alarms some health policy experts and consumer advocates worried about increasing industry consolidation and the prospect of higher premiums, health insurance giant Anthem has agreed to acquire rival Cigna for $54 billion.     The agreement announced Friday would create the health insurance industry's biggest...
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7/24/2015
By Chad Terhune, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Two new health insurers are poised to join California's market for Obamacare coverage — industry giant UnitedHealth and a New York start-up named Oscar. Many consumers may welcome the new choices starting next year and the prospect that increased competition helps hold down premiums. The lack of more health plans to choose from has been...
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7/24/2015
Op-Ed Commentary by John M. Simpson, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Nine years ago, Nikki, the 18-year-old daughter of Christos and Lesli Catsouras, died in a horrific automobile crash in Orange County. Graphic confidential police investigative photos of her remains were leaked and posted on the Internet. Today, those gruesome images are still linked to her name and the names of other Catsouras family members in...
News Story
7/23/2015
By Erik Anderson, KPBS San Diego, CA
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. Consumer advocates said oil refineries are logging record profits as the state's drivers pay gas prices well above $4 a gallon. Consumer Watchdog looked at refinery margins, which is the cost and profit calculated for every gallon of gas that's refined. The historical...
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7/23/2015
By Don Reisinger, CNET
Al Franken is particularly concerned about whether Apple has stymied competition in the music-streaming business by controlling its own application marketplace. Apple's streaming-music service may have debuted only a few weeks ago, but already one senator is concerned that the iPhone maker could become a dominant, anticompetitive force. US...
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7/23/2015
By Jeremy Kirk, COMPUTERWORLD
Licensing terms prohibit competing companies from letting consumers know of better music deals Apple's licensing terms for competing music streaming services may be raising prices for consumers, a potential unfair competition issue that should be investigated, a U.S. senator alleged Wednesday. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) called on the U.S....
News Story
7/22/2015
By Mikey Cambell, APPLE INSIDER
Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog leveled antitrust accusations against Apple Music in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice on Wednesday, saying Apple is leveraging access to consumer credit cards and user music preferences to tamp down competition. Senator Al Franken shared similar concerns in a separate letter to the...