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12/16/2014
By Jamie Court
I have been watching oil companies get away with price gouging for so many years that it was refreshing to see California's top political leaders let the oil companies know that they're going to be on the hot seat if they try to undermine California's landmark environmental laws taking effect in January. The admonitions to Big Oil came at NextGen Climate America's Leadership...
News Release
12/16/2014
John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged consumers to opt out of the new electronic health information exchange, Cal INDEX, that is being set up by Blue Cross and Blue Shield until key questions about patient privacy are answered. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group added that the best way to protect privacy when sharing patient information is an opt-in approach. The...
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12/15/2014
Jerry Flanagan, lead attorney for the Consumer Watchdog group in California, says hundreds of thousands of people lost their doctors when insurers sold narrow networks without notice. "Consumers here were told that networks are going to be the same as they were before Obamacare ... and those are flat out lies," Flanagan said. Kevin McCarthy of Thousand Oaks, California, was surprised...
Blog Post
12/16/2014
By Jamie Court
I have been watching oil companies get away with price gouging for so many years that it was refreshing to see California's top political leaders let the oil companies know that they're going to be on the hot seat if they try to undermine California's landmark environmental laws taking effect in January. The admonitions to Big Oil came at NextGen Climate America's Leadership...
Blog Post
12/9/2014
By John M. Simpson
Consumer Watchdog has joined the Center for Digital Democracy and eight other organizations in asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and take enforcement action against the Topps Company for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The complaint, which was prepared for the 10 groups by Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Public Representation...
Blog Post
12/5/2014
By John M. Simpson
Recent action by the 28 privacy regulators in Europe is focusing new attention on the so-called “right to be forgotten.”  The right is the topic this week at U.S. News and World Report’s Debate Club where I make the case that the right simply brings into the Digital Age the protections of privacy by obscurity. Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information...
News Release
12/16/2014
John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged consumers to opt out of the new electronic health information exchange, Cal INDEX, that is being set up by Blue Cross and Blue Shield until key questions about patient privacy are answered. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group added that the best way to protect privacy when sharing patient information is an opt-in approach. The...
News Release
12/15/2014
Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Oakland, CA – The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog released a report chronicling the tactics California oil companies are likely to use to undermine implementation of climate protection laws and warned state officials they include artificially hiking the price of gasoline. “In addition to unprecedented lobbying and campaign contribution expenditures in recent years, California’s oil...
News Release
11/27/2014
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the European Parliament to pass a resolution calling for the break-up of Google to end the Internet giant’s monopolistic dominance, a remedy that the U.S. public interest group proposed more than four years ago. The Parliament is expected today to take up a motion calling for the unbundling of search engines from a company’s other...
Legal Update
6/16/2014
By Jerry Flanagan
Over the weekend, one of our federal employee "John Doe" clients received a nice surprise from his health insurer: the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association ("BCBS") will no longer charge higher (discriminatory) co-pays for HIV drugs and has taken HIV drugs off its mandatory mail-order drug list, which threatened patient health, safety, and privacy. Read the letter from BCBS here...
Legal Update
3/6/2014
By Laura Antonini
Attorneys at Consumer Watchdog and a group of law firms representing owners of Hyundai and Kia vehicles whose fuel economy (miles per gallon) was misrepresented by Hyundai and Kia say the terms of a proposed settlement between the vehicle manufacturers and two other plaintiffs’ law firms should be improved, according to a lengthy analysis prepared by the Consumer Watchdog team. The analysis...
Legal Update
3/6/2014
By Laura Antonini
On March 19, 2014, the California Court of Appeal will hold a hearing on DIRECTV’s attempt to force its customers who were wrongly charged early cancellation penalties to bring claims individually before private arbitrators rather than proceed in court as a class action. The class action lawsuit, brought by Consumer Watchdog’s attorneys on behalf of DIRECTV customers, claims that...
Video
12/15/2014
Jerry Flanagan, lead attorney for the Consumer Watchdog group in California, says hundreds of thousands of people lost their doctors when insurers sold narrow networks without notice. "Consumers here were told that networks are going to be the same as they were before Obamacare ... and those are flat out lies," Flanagan said. Kevin McCarthy of Thousand Oaks, California, was surprised...
Video
12/15/2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) - Jonathan Bloom Reporting.   California's political leaders came to Oakland on Monday for a summit on climate change. And with new rules taking effect Jan. 1, some say the biggest battle right now is information versus misinformation. Governor Jerry Brown began his address to hundreds of climate change experts by talking about the weather. "It's raining...
Video
11/20/2014
Stephen Stock, Julie Putnam, Jeremy Carroll and Scott Pham of NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit dig up state records on medical mistakes or “adverse events” in California hospitals. Medical mistakes, or “adverse events” are the leading cause of death in the US after heart attacks and cancer. According to a new study from the Journal for Patient Safety, up to 400,000...

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