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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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6/17/2016
By Nathaniel Crosser, WATCHDOG.ORG
As the sharing economy continues to grow, bureaucrats across the country are making sure they don’t miss out on the chance to get in the way of innovation. San Francisco passed tough regulations on home-sharing last week, but another California city is jumping on the anti-Airbnb bandwagon. This week, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission...
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6/16/2016
By Sharon McNary, KPCC 89.3FM So Cal Public Radio
A potential natural gas shortage that could develop later this year due to a lack of storage capacity following the Porter Ranch gas leak could hamper the five Los Angeles area refineries that make gasoline. To assess the risk, the California Energy Commission is hearing from experts and the public at a workshop Friday in San Pedro. The...
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6/16/2016
By Chad Terhune, KAISER HEALTH NEWS
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones urged federal officials to block the merger of health insurance giants Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp., declaring the $54-billion deal anti-competitive and harmful to consumers. The state insurance department doesn’t have the authority to thwart the merger on its own, but Jones’ recommendation...
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6/16/2016
By Karl Bode, TECHDIRT
In addition to the $21 billion made annually by cable set top box rental fees, cable companies make untold billions from monetizing the user viewing data these boxes help collect. That captive revenue alone is the driving force behind the pay TV sectors histrionic opposition to the FCC's plan to open the sector up to third-party hardware...
News Story
6/15/2016
By Neil Haggerty, MORNING CONSULT
A proposed home-sharing ordinance in Los Angeles would violate the privacy of individuals who use platforms such as Airbnb and put the burden of enforcement on residents, according to the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog. “This is an unwarranted intrusion into users’ privacy and inappropriately requires the home sharing platform...
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6/15/2016
By Queenie Wong, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
MENLO PARK -- The dark thoughts that flow through the minds of people contemplating suicide might find their way to a social media site, and Facebook wants to make it easier for friends and family to help. The tech firm on Tuesday said it is rolling out worldwide tools aimed at preventing suicide, expanding its reach beyond the United States....
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6/14/2016
By Wendy Davis, THE DAILY ONLINE EXAMINER
This morning, an appellate court issued a long-awaited decision upholding the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules, which classified broadband access as a utility service. The regulations -- passed 3-2 last year -- include so-called "bright-line" prohibitions that prevent Internet service providers from blocking...
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6/14/2016
By Editorial Board, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Like 48 other states, California has an online database that records all the prescriptions issued for potentially habit-forming or abuseable drugs, such as OxyContin and Ritalin. The hope is that the system will deter patients from “doctor shopping” to obtain excess quantities of a drug, and help authorities crack down on healthcare...
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6/14/2016
By John Eggerton, BROADCASTING & CABLE
Groups continue to weigh in in wake of decision Both sides of the debate over the FCC's network neutrality rules continued to weigh in Tuesday several hours after the Title II-based Open Internet order was upheld in its entirety by a D.C. federal court. The court said it was not weighing in on whether the FCC should have done...
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6/11/2016
By Ivan Penn, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Los Angeles-area gasoline prices rose over the last week and could tick even higher as a result of unplanned refinery outages and delays in the Exxon Mobil Torrance refinery’s return to full service, fuel experts said. Exxon Mobil has restored 50% to 75% of the Torrance refinery’s capacity, helping to narrow the gap between the price...