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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.

News Story
5/28/2015
By Staff Reporters, ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California doctors would be required to check a statewide database before prescribing narcotics under a bill moving through the state Legislature. Currently it is voluntary to check the state's Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, known as CURES. The database lets doctors make sure patients are...
News Story
5/28/2015
By Lynn Walsh, NBC TV-7 San Diego, CA
Supporters say checking database could cut painkiller deaths The California State Senate approved legislation Thursday that would require doctors to check the state’s narcotics database before they prescribe controlled substances for new patients. Senate Bill 482, authored by State Senator Ricardo Lara, of Bell Gardens, would also require...
News Story
5/28/2015
By Crissinda Ponder, BANKRATE.COM
Can you imagine moving just a few blocks to a new home and seeing as much as a 64 percent difference in your auto insurance premium? That wasn't a typo. While a number of factors can influence an auto insurance quote, including your age, the make and model of your car, your driving habits and your credit score, where you live -- and...
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5/28/2015
By By Hector Gonzalez, SANTA MONICA LOOKOUT
May 28, 2015 -- Charter Communications’ bid to buy Time Warner Cable for $55.3 billion is a bad deal for customers, said the founder of Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog. “Another merger? These mergers only benefit the top CEOs; they never benefit the consumers,” said Harvey Rosenfield, who founded the advocacy group in...
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5/28/2015
By Josh Richman, INSIDE BAY AREA
Voters soundly rejected Proposition 46 – which would’ve raised California’s 40-year-old cap on certain medical malpractice damage awards – in November, but a lesser-known part of that measure moved forward Thursday in the Legislature. The state Senate voted 28-11 to approve SB 482 by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens,...
News Story
5/26/2015
By Nancy Dillon, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Fresh off its failed merger with Comcast, Time Warner Cable reportedly was speeding Monday toward a link with Charter Communications for a whopping $55 billion. Charter and its billionaire backer John Malone offered to pay $195 per share in the blockbuster deal, with $100 coming from cash and the rest from stock, Bloomberg News reported. That'...
News Story
5/20/2015
By Hannah Madans, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Will rising gas prices put a U-turn in holiday travel plans? Not according to AAA, which expects 37 million Americans to travel during the Memorial Day weekend, the most since 2005. The group expects 2.31 million people in Southern California to hit the road. Driving, AAA says, will be the top choice for travelers nationwide as 9 out of 10...
News Story
5/20/2015
EDITORIAL - SANTA ROSA PRESS-DEMOCRAT
Almost four dozen Americans die every day from prescription pain-killer overdoses. These deaths coincide with a sharp increase in the number of prescriptions written for narcotic pain-killers such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Norco. “Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a...
News Story
5/19/2015
By Thomas D. Elias, SONOMA INDEX-TRIBUNE
There is absolutely no doubt about a few facts surrounding the gasoline price surge Californians experienced in late winter and early spring. In March, California prices averaged 84 cents per gallon higher than the national average of $2.54 per gallon, rising to $3.38 after a wintertime dip. That meant Californians spent $34 million per day more...
News Story
5/19/2015
By Sarah Perez, TECH CRUNCH
YouTube Kids, YouTube’s initial entry into making its video-sharing service more accessible to parents and their children, has come under fire yet again. Two consumer groups, the Center for Digital Democracy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, are alleging that the app includes a number of videos that are inappropriate for...