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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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8/1/2017
By Susan Abram, LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
Despite concerns raised by residents and Los Angeles County leaders, Southern California Gas Co. said Monday it is restarting natural gas injections at Aliso Canyon wells and that the company has completed all safety measures to do so. Throughout Monday the company issued mixed messages about when injections resumed. But a letter sent to Porter...
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7/28/2017
By Todd Spangler, THE DETROIT FREE PRESS
WASHINGTON — A U.S. House committee approved legislation today to give the federal government final say over the performance of self-driving vehicles, a measure that would preempt states from trying to set their own standards. The House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved the bill, which also would require the U.S. Department...
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7/28/2017
By Kari Paul, MARKETWATCH
The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly looking into the company’s pricing policy How do you know if the great deal you just snagged on Amazon is real? The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether the company uses “deceptive” pricing to make products look more discounted than they are in reality, Reuters reported last...
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7/27/2017
By Rob Stott, DEALERSCOPE.COM
According to a recent report, a vendor who sells direct through Amazon has stepped forward to accuse the ecommerce giant of misleading business practices. Specifically, they said that Amazon jacked up the suggested retail price of their product on Prime Day 2017 to make it seem like the discount consumers were getting was far better than it...
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7/27/2017
By Melanie Zanona, THE HILL
A driverless car bill is quickly moving through the House, as Congress races to pass the first federal legislation to address the emerging technology. The Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved a legislative package Thursday that would bar states from setting certain driverless car rules and allow manufacturers to deploy up to 100,000...
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7/27/2017
By David Shepardson, REUTERS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An influential U.S. House committee on Thursday approved a revised bipartisan bill on a 54-0 vote that would speed the deployment of self-driving cars without human controls and bar states from blocking autonomous vehicles. The bill would allow automakers to obtain exemptions to deploy up to 25,000 vehicles without meeting...
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7/27/2017
By Keith Laing, THE DETROIT NEWS
Automakers each would be allowed to test up to 100,000 self-driving cars per year on U.S. roads, and states would be prevented from passing laws to prevent them from doing so under a bill advanced Thursday by a panel in the U.S. House of Representatives. The measure, unanimously approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, would allow the...
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7/24/2017
BY Jade Scipioni, FOX BUSINESS
A Charlotte-based startup says e-commerce king Amazon (AMZN) jacked up their suggested retail price during the company’s annual discount event—Prime Day—to deceive consumers into thinking that they were getting a deal, when in reality, they weren’t. Jason Jacobs, founder of Remodeez, a small company that specializes in non...
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7/24/2017
BY Christopher Maynard, CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Critics have already expressed their displeasure with Amazon’s bid to purchase Whole Foods on antitrust and labor grounds, and now reports say the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may be looking at the company's pricing strategies. Citing an unnamed source, Reuters reports that the agency is looking into allegations that Amazon routinely...
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7/24/2017
By Staff Writers, BBC NEWS
US regulators will take more time to review Amazon's $13.7bn (£10.5bn) acquisition of Whole Foods after some groups have raised anti-trust concerns. Democrats have asked authorities to consider how the deal might affect consumer choice, particularly in places with fewer food shopping options. Whole Foods said in June it expected the deal...