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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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7/12/2017
By Lydia O'Neal, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES
The debate over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s newly-issued arbitration rule is frequently billed as a fight for consumer advocacy or against byzantine bureaucracy. But behind each side of the argument, groups with vested interests have spent millions on lobbying related to the regulation or on bankrolling the...
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7/11/2017
By David Dayen, THE NATION
You might get a good deal now, but the company is gobbling up market share and bludgeoning competitors. Today is Prime Day: Amazon’s bid to transform paying them $99 for an annual membership into a national holiday. The Internet oligarch is blanketing the Web with deals and enticements to encourage sign-ups. It even pitches this as a way...
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7/11/2017
By Sandy Wells, KABC NEWS 790AM LOS ANGELES
A consumer advocate says it’s time to shed some light on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s screwy spending priorities.  DWP customers have borne the brunt of under investment in infrastructure, what with two recent power outages in the middle of a heat wave.  Consumer Watchdog President Jaime Court says there...
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7/11/2017
By Lydia O'Neal, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES
As Democrats gear up for the 2018 election, they confront big challenges: Polls in the last election showed a general electorate that deeply distrusted the party’s leaders, while new surveys show the Democratic base has lost faith in government — and now many swing voters believe Democrats aim to help the wealthy. At the same...
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7/10/2017
By Brandon Lewis, KFMB CBS TV-8 SAN DIEGO, CA
(NEWS 8/AP) —  Amazon is extending its annual "Prime Day" promotion to 30 hours this year. For the third annual Prime Day, Amazon will offer discounts and other deals in an effort to boost sales during the slower summer months. The deals are open only to members of Amazon's $99-a-year Prime loyalty program, so Amazon...
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7/10/2017
By Danielle Serino, WKYC TV-3 NBC CLEVELAND, OH
Amazon Exaggerations? Consumers getting ready for Prime Day may be disappointed by accusations it’s exaggerating discounts, by advertising "before sale" prices that were inflated sometimes up to 70 percent. A non-profit group called the Consumer Watchdog says it looked at hundreds of products sold there last month and found nearly...
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7/8/2017
By Dan Bacher, INDYBAY.ORG
The New York Times didn’t mention that “America's de facto leader on climate change” received $9.8 million from oil, gas and utilities, often within days of winning big favors, since he ran for Governor, according to a report released by the the Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog last August: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org...
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7/7/2017
By Ethan Baron, SILICON BEAT BLOG - MERCURY NEWS
Amazon’s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods should be put on hold until Amazon ends its “deceptive pricing practices,” a consumer group has demanded in a complaint to federal regulators. Consumer Watchdog claims the e-commerce giant uses inflated “reference prices” next to real prices on product ads,...
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7/7/2017
By Rebecca Plevin, KPCC 89.3FM
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. Consumer advocates and community activists say the state Department of Toxic Substances Control's long-awaited plan to remove lead from more than 2,000 properties around the former Exide battery recycling plant doesn't do enough to protect residents from lead exposure. They...
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7/7/2017
By Stephen Cohen, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER
Consumer group doubles down on claims of online giant's 'deceptive pricing practices' A consumer group is urging federal regulators to block Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods Market until the online giant stops "deceptive pricing practices." In a letter to the acting heads of the Department of Justice's Antitrust...