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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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11/25/2014
By Staff Writers, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
Following an investigative report on medical errors at California hospitals, Consumer Watchdog sent a letter urging Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to audit the state's hospitals for such adverse events, FierceHealthcare reports (Budryk, FierceHealthcare, 11/24). Background An NBC Bay Area investigative report that found California hospitals in the last...
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11/24/2014
By Karen de Sá, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
Scrutiny of doctors who prescribe psychotropic drugs to California foster children intensified Monday, with growing calls for regulators to consider whether financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies may be driving the excessive use of medication. Drugging Our Kids Read the Bay Area News Group investigation about psychiatric drugs...
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11/24/2014
By Zack Budryk, FIERCE HEALTHCARE
A watchdog group called on California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to audit hospitals for medical errors in the wake of a local news report that found details on such events are not readily available. In a letter released last week, Consumer Watchdog told Brown, California Health and Human Services Secretary Diane Dooley and Department of Public Health...
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11/21/2014
By Grant Gross, PCWORLD.COM
Members of the European Parliament are readying a motion calling for the break-up of Google, by separating its search engine functionality from other commercial services, according to news reports. A draft resolution calling for the break-up should be finalized early next week, with a vote potentially on Thursday, according to a report from The...
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11/20/2014
By Steve Gorman, REUTERS
Nov 20 (Reuters) - AT&T Inc will pay $52 million in civil penalties and environmental compliance as part of a settlement with California over illegal dumping of hazardous waste but won't be required to clean up the resulting contamination, state officials said on Thursday. State officials said it marked the first enforcement action in...
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11/20/2014
By Curt Barry, INSIDE CAL EPA
Barbara Lee, the new director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, is vowing against a need to "change anything or shake anything up in a big way" in the department's management or programs in the short-term, prompting concern from advocates who have urged a major overhaul of DTSC to fix what they claim is a flawed...
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11/19/2014
By Staff Writers, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California violated state law by misleading consumers about the size of their provider networks, according to a report by the state Department of Managed Health Care, the San Jose Mercury News reports (Seipel, San Jose Mercury News, 11/18). Background Complaints of narrow networks have led to lawsuits filed...
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11/17/2014
By Wendy Davis, THE DAILY ONLINE EXAMINER
Car manufacturers won't be able to provide precise geolocations for automobiles to marketers without drivers' opt-in consent under a new privacy code adopted by the industry. The code also requires consumers' explicit consent before information about their driving skills -- including how fast they go, and braking patterns -- is...
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11/12/2014
By Camille Frigillana, THE CLAUSE - AZUZA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
The midterm elections were held on Nov. 4, 2014. Although not a major presidential election, this election determined which political party would have control of the Senate for the next two years. In order to have a majority in the Senate, 51 out of the 100 seats needed to be filled by one political party. The Republican Party was able to obtain...
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11/11/2014
By Trudy Lieberman, COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW
A quick look at the good and not-so-good from two local stations - See more at: http://www.cjr.org/the_second_opinion/prop_45_local_tv_coverage_cali.php?page=all&print=true#sthash.XGthyGGL.dpuf A quick look at the good and not-so-good from two local stations Almost lost in the aftermath of last week’s midterm elections was the defeat of...