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News Release
6/30/2016
Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA - The Wall Street Journal is reporting that major California oil refiners are receiving subpoenas related to manipulating the gasoline supply to raise gasoline prices in the state. Consumer Watchdog provided evidence to the California Attorney General’s office one year ago today that refiners were using their market leverage to keep gasoline prices more than $1.00 above the...
Blog Post
6/29/2016
By Jamie Court
It takes hubris befitting a king for the US Supreme Court to rule, on the eve of celebrating the Declaration of Independence, our founding screed against political corruption, that a jury cannot convict a governor for taking $177,000 in loans and favors from a donor he used his political office to help. Forget that trial by jury was one of the grievances enumerated against King George, or that...
Blog Post
6/27/2016
By Jamie Court
Governor Brown and legislative leaders announced a series of agreed-upon reforms to target the corruption that's haunted the Public Utilities Comission during the Brown-era and immediately prior to it.    There are some substantive changes on the list that move the ball foward for rooting out the next corruption scandal and rectifying the worst abuses of the PUC under PUC President...
Blog Post
6/29/2016
By Jamie Court
It takes hubris befitting a king for the US Supreme Court to rule, on the eve of celebrating the Declaration of Independence, our founding screed against political corruption, that a jury cannot convict a governor for taking $177,000 in loans and favors from a donor he used his political office to help. Forget that trial by jury was one of the grievances enumerated against King George, or that...
Blog Post
6/27/2016
By Jamie Court
Governor Brown and legislative leaders announced a series of agreed-upon reforms to target the corruption that's haunted the Public Utilities Comission during the Brown-era and immediately prior to it.    There are some substantive changes on the list that move the ball foward for rooting out the next corruption scandal and rectifying the worst abuses of the PUC under PUC President...
Blog Post
6/3/2016
By Cody Rosenfield
Update:  The clock last reset on June 6th at 8:30 am after an unplanned shutdown at Tesoro's Carson refinery.This follows a June 2nd shutdown at Chevron's El Segundo refinery.   When refineries go down, gasoline prices go up.  That's why we started the clock on the next "unplanned" refinery outage: the Golden State Gouge-ometer.  We started keeping time...
News Release
6/30/2016
Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA - The Wall Street Journal is reporting that major California oil refiners are receiving subpoenas related to manipulating the gasoline supply to raise gasoline prices in the state. Consumer Watchdog provided evidence to the California Attorney General’s office one year ago today that refiners were using their market leverage to keep gasoline prices more than $1.00 above the...
News Release
6/23/2016
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today opposed SB 726, a California Senate Bill that would curtail the ability for critics to speak out against questionable business practices. The bill was introduced as gut and amend legislation by Sen. Ben Hueso. The Assembly Banking and Finance Committee will hold a hearing on SB 726 on Monday, June 27. In a letter to Assembly Banking and Finance...
News Release
6/23/2016
Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The U.S. Department of Justice should heed today's recommendation by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and reject the proposed $37 billion merger of health insurance giants Aetna and Humana, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog said approving the merger would mean higher costs, reduced benefits and fewer choices for health insurance consumers across...
Legal Update
12/14/2015
By Harvey Rosenfield
In the latest of a series of decisions closing the courthouse doors on consumers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning, 6 to 3, that DIRECTV customers in California who were illegally charged “cancellation fees” of up to $480 – often taken directly out of a consumer’s bank account or charged to a credit card without the customer’s permission – cannot join...
Legal Update
10/6/2015
By Jamie Court
Our attorneys' report from the US Supreme Court is that this morning’s oral argument didn’t reveal which way the majority was leaning in Imburgia v. DIRECTV. At issue is whether millions of consumers who paid exorbitant early termination fees can go to court in our class action, or are stuck in one-on-one mandatory arbitrations not contemplated by the contract that DIRECTV...
Legal Update
9/16/2015
By Harvey Rosenfield
Seven years ago, Consumer Watchdog’s legal team brought a class action lawsuit against DIRECTV on behalf of California customers who were charged unlawful early cancellation fees of up to $480 – often taken directly out of a consumer’s bank account or charged to a credit card without the customer’s permission. Next month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hold a hearing on...
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5/23/2016
CWD Founder Harvey Rosenfield speaks about "Breaking Through Power" on CPAN3 - Part 1
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5/23/2016
CWD Founder Harvey Rosenfield speaks about "Breaking Through Power" on CPAN3 - Part 2.
Video
4/27/2016
John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog says robot cars are not safe enough yet and urged the NHTSA to require a steering wheel, brake and accelerator so a human driver can take control if needed.

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