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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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8/18/2015
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...
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8/12/2015
By Larry Magid, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
Disclosure: Larry Magid is CEO of ConnectSafely.org, a nonprofit Internet safety organization that receives contributions from Google and other tech companies.     I was stunned when I first learned that Google was reorganizing itself with the new corporate name Alphabet that would serve as a holding company of sorts for all of...
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8/11/2015
By Gregory Karp, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Complaints about airlines soared more than 20 percent during the first half of this year, according to a government report released Tuesday. Meanwhile, Chicago-based United Airlines had an abysmal on-time rate in June, with just two-thirds of flights arriving on time, according to the same report. And more bad news: Chicago's two airports were...
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8/11/2015
By Dominic Rushe & Sam Thielman in New York, THE GUARDIAN UK
As Larry Page once told staff, technology is revolutionary, not evolutionary, and Google’s surprise move has experts speculating there are more changes to come Every month a hundred billion searches run through Google – a repository of the world’s curiosity, hopes, dreams and fears. Google has been a verb in the Oxford English...
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8/11/2015
By Staff Writes, TRAVOLUTION
The US Department of Justice to is being urged to block the proposed $1.3 billion merger of online travel agency giants Expedia and Orbitz "to maintain vital competition that ensures fair prices for consumers". The call comes from US-based consumer champion, Consumer Watchdog. Expedia announced the Orbitz merger in February just after it...
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8/10/2015
By Ivan Penn, LOS ANGELES TIMES
After soaring well above the rest of the nation, the average gasoline price in the Los Angeles region fell almost 25 cents below their highs of a month ago. The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in the L.A. area Monday stood at $3.81, according to AAA. In mid-July, AAA’s survey found the average price for the region reached a...