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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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1/17/2017
By James Rufus Koren, LOS ANGELES TIMES
The California Department of Insurance says State Farm is not moving fast enough to lower its rates for homeowners and renters and it could face billions of dollars in fines if it doesn't speed up the process. The threat of hefty fines, sent Friday to State Farm, escalates an increasingly bitter fight between the department and the Bloomington...
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1/17/2017
By David Jensen, SACRAMENTO BEE
Evangelina Padilla-Vaccaro – a pink bow in her hair – was likely the first 6-year-old ever to address the leaders of California’s $3 billion stem cell research program. “Thank you,” she whispered. Her mother said more: “Thank you for keeping my family complete.” Alysia Padilla-Vaccaro’s voice cracked...
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1/13/2017
By Mark Huffman, CONSUMER AFFAIRS
They accuse Obama of loading panel with industry executives Politics, they say, makes for strange bedfellows. It's something we should probably get used to over the next four years. Consumer Watchdog, a consumer advocacy group, wants President-elect Donald Trump to reverse an Obama administration appointment, firing General Motors CEO Mary...
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1/13/2017
By David Lazarus, LOS ANGELES TIMES
One focus of the planned repeal of Obamacare is maintaining coverage for people with preexisting conditions. Republican lawmakers say the current law’s safeguards won’t change, but they have yet to explain how they’ll accomplish this without also keeping the mandate that everyone buy insurance. What isn’t being discussed...
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1/12/2017
By Ian Thibodeau, THE DETROIT NEWS
President-elect Donald Trump should fire the General Motors Chairman and CEO from her position as co-chair of the newly formed Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation, a California-based watchdog group demands. In a letter addressed to Trump, Consumer Watchdog — a nonprofit organization “...
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1/6/2017
By Stephanie Mlot, PC MAGAZINE
Permits that only cost $150 are clearly worth taking the time to secure if this ends up being the alternative Inspired by Uber's illegal autonomous taxi launch in California, a San Francisco assemblyman is calling on the state to tighten self-driving rules. Democrat Phil Ting on Thursday introduced legislation that would increase penalties and...
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1/5/2017
By Marcy Kreiter, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES
A California lawmaker doesn’t want operators of self-driving vehicles sneaking their cars on the road without permission. Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco Thursday proposed fines as high as $25,000 per vehicle per day for any company testing self-driving vehicles on public roads without first obtaining a two-year, $150...
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1/5/2017
By Sandy Wells, KABC 790 AM NEWS RADIO
Notwithstanding the fact that DWP kept the lights on in Los Angeles while Enron left the rest of the state in the dark back in 2000, there are a number of people who believe the city-owned utility sucks big time and is in dire need of a major overhaul. Among them is Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court, who says Angelenos are no better off that...
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1/5/2017
By Byron Hurd, LEFT LANE NEWS
California-based advocacy group Consumer Watchdog publicly asked Uber to release test data surrounding its autonomous vehicle program and called on the mobility giant to go on-record regarding its plans to address several challenges currently faced by driverless technology. Consumer Watchdog believes Uber's choice to abandon its pilot program...
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1/4/2017
By Tim Loc, LAIST.COM
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power introduced a new "Customer Bill of Rights" on Tuesday. The so-called Bill of Rights still needs to be reviewed and approved by the department's board of commissioners (which should happen on January 17), but in the meantime, here's a preview of what it might mean for you, the consumer...