Home › In The News

In The News

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
7/20/2017
By Patrick Kulp, MASHABLE
As Amazon prepares to lock down its mega-merger with Whole Foods, one of its most controversial sales practices may be coming back to haunt it.   The Federal Trade Commission is investigating claims that the online shopping giant misleads customers with the price comparisons it lists on its products, Reuters first reported. The unofficial...
News Story
7/20/2017
By Jon Swartz, USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO — The Federal Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Amazon's discount-pricing policies misled consumers, according to a report today. The probe comes on the heels of a complaint by advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, which examined 1,000 products on the retailer's website and concluded 61% with list...
News Story
7/20/2017
By Ali Breland, THE HILL
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating allegations that Amazon misleads customers about its prices and discounts, Reuters reported. The probe comes as part of a review of the company’s proposed merger with Whole Foods The FTC’s probe is reportedly the result of a complaint brought forth by Consumer Watchdog,...
News Story
7/20/2017
By Tiernan Ray, BARRONS
Amazon is being scrutinized by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over whether its discounts on goods are misleading, after a watchdog group complained, says Reuters, citing an unnamed source. Shares of Amazon (AMZN) are down by $3.18 at $1,025.52, in late trading, after Reuters’s Diane Bartz and Jeffrey Dastin related after...
News Story
7/20/2017
By Diane Bartz, REUTERS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As part of its review of Amazon's (AMZN.O) agreement to buy Whole Foods (WFM.O), the Federal Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Amazon misleads customers about its pricing discounts, according to a source close to the probe. The FTC is probing a complaint brought by the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog,...
News Story
7/19/2017
By Alan Ohnsman, FORBES
A House subcommittee approved critical legislation for the fast-developing driverless car movement this week that sets specific rules for how many such vehicles can be on U.S. roads and the federal government’s role in regulating them. While it would give companies developing the technology the national framework they want, it also raises...
News Story
7/19/2017
By Andrew J. Hawkins, THE VERGE
‘It is negligent and dangerous to dump one million autonomous cars on the public with no stringent test requirements’ It was an unusual sight: Democrats and Republicans gently ribbing each other, giggling, and vowing to work closely together on legislation that is said to be vital to the health and safety of Americans. Of all the...
News Story
7/19/2017
By Daphne Howland, RETAIL DIVE
Dive Brief: Amazon’s prices changed hour-by-hour, state-by-state and shopper-by-shopper, according to a May analysis of online school supplies prices from Chrome deal-hunting extension Wikibuy. The extension searches other sites, including Walmart, Jet and eBay, and its price comparison tool pops up a potentially cheaper option, including...
News Story
7/19/2017
By Wendy Lee, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Google wants to make its search experience on smartphones more personalized — by showing information based on users’ interests and what’s trending in their area. The information will appear beneath the search bar on the Google app on Apple and Android devices (eventually, it will be included in Google mobile searches, not just...
News Story
7/17/2017
By James R. Hood, CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Antitrust and labor issues stir discontent; retail analysts skeptical Amazon's plan to gobble up Whole Foods is causing indigestion on Capitol Hill and elsewhere as critics worry the plan would be too successful or, on the other hand, not successful enough. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), for one, thinks the merger would take too big a bite out...