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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
12/30/2016
By Chad Terhune, THE WASHINGTON POST
Top Republicans say a medical malpractice crisis is threatening U.S. health care: Frivolous lawsuits are driving up malpractice insurance premiums and forcing physicians out of business. Doctors and hospitals live in fear of litigation, ordering excessive tests and treatments that make health care unaffordable for Americans. That’s why House...
News Story
12/29/2016
By George Avalos, THE MERCURY NEWS
A banking scandal, exploding phones and the ongoing roller coaster of PG&E rate changes were among the top stories raising the ire of consumers this years. Perhaps the worst was the Wells Fargo bank scandal in which employees secretly opened millions of bogus credit and bank accounts to meet sales targets, and then funded many of those...
News Story
12/29/2016
By George Avalos, BAY AREA NEWSGROUP
San Francisco, CA -- Gov. Jerry Brown has named two of his key aides to fill vacancies at the scandal-scarred state Public Utilities Commission, the governor's office said Wednesday. Brown appointed Martha Guzman Aceves and Clifford Rechtschaffen to the powerful state commission. They will replace departing commissioners Michael Florio and...
News Story
12/26/2016
By Keith Laing, THE DETROIT NEWS
Washington — The Obama administration is barreling ahead with a number of regulations that affect automakers in its final days, despite President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to drastically reduce the burden of federal rules on U.S. businesses. Jeff Davis, senior fellow for the independent Eno Center for Transportation think tank, said...
News Story
12/23/2016
By Alexander J. Martin, THE REGISTER UK
Meanwhile Musk advances Autopilot advances Tesla Motors is bumping up its vehicles' prices in the UK by five per cent, purportedly because of currency effects post-Brexit. According to the business, that change will arrive as soon as 2017 does, because of "currency fluctuations". These fluctuations have seen the sterling drop in...
News Story
12/21/2016
By Tim Bradshaw, FINANCIAL TIMES
Blow to transport company after permit battle over its 16 autonomous vehicles Uber has been forced to halt its controversial pilot of self-driving cars in San Francisco after local highways regulators revoked its vehicles’ registrations, ending a legal stand-off over California’s rules on testing autonomous vehicles. The climbdown...
News Story
12/21/2016
By Rhea Mahbubani, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The California Department of Motor Vehicles on Wednesday revoked the registration for Uber’s 16 self-driving cars over a permit fracas, effectively ending the company’s pilot program in San Francisco. One week after the test was launched, Uber sent out a statement that said: "We have stopped our self-driving pilot in California as...
News Story
12/21/2016
By Marisa Kendall, THE MERCURY NEWS
SAN FRANCISCO — Uber pulled its self-driving cars off San Francisco’s streets Wednesday after the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles revoked their registrations, effectively ending the company’s controversial pilot program after just one week. The move marked a dramatic end to Uber’s standoff with state...
News Story
12/21/2016
By Alan Ohnsman, FORBES
Uber’s puzzling defiance of a California requirement that it get a $150 permit to operate self-driving cars in San Francisco came to an end with the ride-hailing company announcing it was suspending the program. Uber had little choice: California's Department of Motor Vehicles revoked registrations for its 16-vehicle test...
News Story
12/21/2016
By Sam Levin, THE GUARDIAN UK
California DMV announced it had revoked the registration of 16 autonomous Uber cars, which were caught on numerous occasions running red lights California has forced Uber to remove its self-driving vehicles from the road, canceling the company’s controversial pilot program in San Francisco after a week of embarrassing reports of traffic...