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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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8/21/2015
By Robin Levinson King, TORONTO STAR
Complaints to U.S. Federal Trade Commission about Ashley Madison show examples of people alleging false accounts made under their names. Complaints made against Ashley Madison show how difficult it is to know which names leaked this week were actual customers. Allegations filed with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission include one from a man whose...
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8/21/2015
By Pete Bigelow, AUTO BLOG
A leading consumer group called upon California officials Thursday to strengthen oversight of crashes involving self-driving cars. Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit organization based in the state, asked California's Department of Motor Vehicles to amend regulations to require police to investigate any crashes involving autonomous cars on public...
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8/21/2015
By Lynn Walford, AUTO CONNECTED CAR NEWS
Consumer Watchdog is asking the California Department of Motor Vehicles to amend its Autonomous Vehicle Regulation to require that police investigate any crashes of robot cars being tested on public roads. They also urge the DMV to require any data and video gathered by a self-driving car just before and during a crash should be provided to the...
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8/21/2015
By Megan Crouse, PRODUCT DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
A watchdog group is asking California police and the Department of Motor Vehicles to investigate any crashes involving experimental autonomous cars. Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to Jean Shiomoto, director of the Department of Motor Vehicles, on Aug. 20. After praising the DMV’s decision to make official autonomous vehicle accident...
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8/19/2015
Op-Ed Commentary by Jamie Court, SACRAMENTO BEE
The math is so simple, anyone should be able to grasp it: Triple the gasoline prices + Triple oil refiner profits = Golden State Gouging. Instead, Dan Walters ignores facts and misuses gas pricing data to wrongly blame environmental standards for unprecedented pain at the pump that is the result of historic oil industry profiteering (“...
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8/18/2015
By Michael J. Shapiro, MEETINGS & CONVENTIONS
Nonprofit advocacy group Consumer Watchdog joined the American Hotel & Lodging Association in opposing the proposed $1.3 billion merger of Expedia and Orbitz, calling for the need to maintain competition and fair prices. "The proposed deal would give the combined company monopolistic control of the online-booking market, enabling it to...
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8/18/2015
By Staff Writers, SANTA MONICA LOOKOUT
Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog urged the California State Assembly Monday to defeat a bill co-sponsored by former Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom that would hike the ballot initiative filing fee from $200 to $2,000. AB 1100, co-sponsored with Evan Low, D-Campbell, has been approved by the State Senate and is awaiting a vote by state...
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8/13/2015
By Jason Stoogenke, WSOC TV-9 - Charlotte, NC
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Three of the biggest names in travel -- Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity -- could end up as one company. This affects a lot of people. The numbers vary depending on who you ask, but it's safe to say roughly 50 million people check out those three companies every month. The consumer group Consumer Watchdog is worried...
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8/13/2015
By Sue Reisinger, CORPORATE COUNSEL
A consumer activist group and the hotel industry are both urging the U.S. Department of Justice to block travel-booking site Expedia Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Orbitz Worldwide Inc. John Simpson, privacy project director of Consumer Watchdog, wrote a letter this week to the DOJ, urging it to block the $1.3 billion deal, which was reached...
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8/13/2015
By George Lauer, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
A yearlong study released last month suggests Kentucky's new law requiring physicians and pharmacists to register with and use the state's new electronic prescription drug monitoring system is working. Two weeks ago, New Jersey became the 10th state to establish a "meaningful mandate" requiring physicians to check a database...