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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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11/29/2016
By James R. Hood, CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Consumer Watchdog wants rules limiting hype about self-driving cars Carmakers should be a bit more circumspect in their claims for self-driving cars, a California consumer group thinks. Consumer Watchdog wants the California Department of Motor Vehicles to ban misleading ads that leave the dangerous – and sometimes fatal...
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11/29/2016
By Ivan Penn, LOS ANGELES TIMES
A consumer advocacy group contends that California refiners are holding down gasoline production to inflate prices at the pump. California gasoline prices remain at least 50 cents a gallon higher than in other areas of the country even though a major Southern California refinery that was mostly shutdown throughout 2015 is back...
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11/29/2016
By Keith Laing, THE DETROIT NEWS
Washington — President-elect Donald Trump will tap former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to lead the Department of Transportation in his incoming administration, according to multiple media reports Chao, 63, who served under former President George W. Bush, would become U.S. Secretary of Transportation at a time when federal regulators are...
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11/28/2016
By Russ Mitchell, LOS ANGELES TIMES
The California Department of Motor Vehicles put forth proposed regulations that would, in effect, prohibit Tesla from using the Autopilot name to market its vehicles. That was in September. Now, a consumer group is telling the DMV to get on with it.     Tesla uses the word Autopilot to describe its driver-assist...
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11/23/2016
By Keith Laing, THE DETROIT NEWS
Washington — Carmakers are pushing for “flexibility” and the ability to protect proprietary information in self-driving car testing as federal regulators move to implement new guidelines. The current proposal from the outgoing Obama administration calls for automakers and technology companies to voluntarily report on testing and...
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11/17/2016
By Sharon McNary, KPCC 89.3FM SoCal Public Radio
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment.   Consumer advocates on Thursday said Los Angeles water and power customers who were overcharged during the flawed rollout of a new billing system should also receive interest on top of any refunds they are entitled to. But attorneys representing customers in a class-action...
News Story
11/16/2016
By Matt Stevens, LOS ANGELES TIMES
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power owes its customers at least $67.5 million in refunds and credits after the utility overbilled them, an independent monitor has concluded. The latest estimate represents a significant increase from the proposed $44-million class-action settlement announced in August 2015. The DWP has been plagued by a...
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11/16/2016
By Shelby Livingston, MODERN HEALTHCARE
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Tuesday denied an emergency request to stop Anthem from allegedly switching some California members out of their preferred provider organization plans and into new plans with significantly worse coverage without proper notice. Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based consumer advocacy organization, late...
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11/16/2016
By Brendan Pierson, REUTERS
(Reuters) - The plaintiff in a proposed class action accusing Anthem Blue Cross of California of engaging in a "bait and switch" by telling its individual customers that it will renew their health insurance plans for next year while actually slashing benefits has lost a motion for a temporary restraining order. Judge John Shepard Wiley...
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11/16/2016
By Melody Petersen, LOS ANGELES TIMES
A judge ruled Tuesday against a restraining order that would have stopped Anthem Blue Cross from switching 500,000 Californians to health insurance plans offering no coverage for out-of-network care. A consumer group had asked the judge for the restraining order after Anthem sent notices saying customers would be automatically switched into plans...