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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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7/22/2015
By Hal Eisner, KTTV TV-11 Los Angeles
Frustrated with high gas prices? You're not alone. At a North Hills Mobil Station on the corner of Sepulveda and Nordhoff some drivers told us dealing with the higher prices is hard. One motorist said it cost him $100 bucks round trip to get to Anaheim. Another driver said, "I'm not gonna lie, it's a killer!" A couple of...
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7/22/2015
By Tom Scheck, MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO
Minnesota DFL U.S. Sen. Al Franken wants two federal agencies to investigate whether Apple’s new music streaming service is violating anti-trust laws. In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Federal Trade Commission Chair Edith Ramirez, Franken warned that Apple’s new music service may be harming consumers by limiting...
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7/22/2015
By Thomas Mocarsky, KATY ON THE HILL
Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) has joined in the calls for a federal investigation of the business practices of Apple Music. In a letter sent Wednesday to the heads of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, Franken pointed to the 30 percent commission that Apple takes on the sale of music in competing streaming ...
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7/22/2015
By Zac Hall, 9to5Mac.com
Apple is once again coming under fire for business practices and deals around Apple Music, the subscription music and video streaming service it launched last month. Consumer Watchdog, a prominent consumer advocacy group, issued a letter to the United States Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice today, asking the...
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7/22/2015
By Diane Bartz, REUTERS
A U.S. senator wants two federal agencies to investigate whether Apple Inc is breaking antitrust law in how it treats music services that compete with the streaming service it launched in June. Democratic Senator Al Franken in a letter on Wednesday said that he was concerned that some Apple practices could limit choices and raise prices for...
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7/22/2015
By Carman Tse, LAIST.COM
As drivers in California continue to pay well over $4 per gallon at the pump, the state's oil refineries are raking in record profits, raising a few eyebrows. For the first half of this year, the California Energy Commission says the refiners have almost doubled the amount of profits they make per gallon, according to the L.A. Times. From 1999...
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7/22/2015
By Shaun Nichols, THE REGISTER UK
Rabble rousers demand FTC, DoJ into Music service A pressure group in America has urged US watchdog the FTC and Uncle Sam's Department of Justice to probe Apple Music for signs of antitrust violations. Consumer Watchdog has written a letter [PDF] to the five commissioners of the FTC as well as DoJ attorney general Loretta Lynch and assistant...
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7/22/2015
By Dustin Volz, NATIONAL JOURNAL
The senator warns of limited competition and price increases due to Apple's new music-streaming service. Sen. Al Franken wants federal regulators to investigate whether Apple's new music-streaming service runs afoul of antitrust law, marking the latest escalation in an ongoing, multi-pronged battle for dominance in the crowded online music...
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7/22/2015
By Ivan Penn & Samantha Masunaga, LOS ANGELES TIMES
As Los Angeles drivers shelled out more than $4 a gallon at the pump in recent weeks, the state's oil refineries pocketed record amounts of money — as much as $1.17 a gallon in gross profits. From Jan. 1 to July 6, oil refineries almost doubled the typical amount they collect on a gallon of gasoline, state data show. California...
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7/22/2015
By Levi Sumagaysay, SILICON BEAT BLOG - MERCURY NEWS
Is Apple playing dirty when it comes to its new music-streaming service? A consumer group has called for an FTC antirust investigation into not-new allegations that Apple is trying to kill the free tier offered by competing streaming services. Consumer Watchdog sent a letter today to the Federal Trade Commission, saying that it...