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5/1/2015
By Carmen Balber
A landmark court decision was announced last night that will upend secrecy in the state Legislature. In response to a lawsuit by Bay Area and Los Angeles News Groups, which had sought records from the Legislature surrounding indicted Senators Leland Yee and Ron Calderon, a judge has ruled that the legislature must turn over calendars, meeting schedules, expense and reimbursement records as public...
News Release
4/30/2015
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog strongly supports the Consumer Privacy Protection Act introduced today by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and five other Democratic Senators. “This is a strong bill that provides important protections for consumers’ data,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project director. “...
News Release
4/30/2015
Liza Tucker & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA—The price of a gallon of regular gas in California spiked up another 40 cents this week and now stands at $3.59 a gallon at the pump due to fresh problems refineries have tried to conceal, Consumer Watchdog said today. Californians are now paying exactly a dollar more than the US average.   “By keeping the system running on virtually empty and the market in the...
Blog Post
5/1/2015
By Carmen Balber
A landmark court decision was announced last night that will upend secrecy in the state Legislature. In response to a lawsuit by Bay Area and Los Angeles News Groups, which had sought records from the Legislature surrounding indicted Senators Leland Yee and Ron Calderon, a judge has ruled that the legislature must turn over calendars, meeting schedules, expense and reimbursement records as public...
Blog Post
4/29/2015
Eddie Barrera
It’s good to be king. As long as shareholders are happy, ratepayers continue to scramble to keep their health insurance. What’s to stop insurers? Nothing in California, that’s for sure. Anthem announced today that its first-quarter earnings jumped 23 percent. It earned $865.2 million in the quarter, more than $160 million than it did last year. Anthem joined UnitedHealth Group...
Blog Post
4/29/2015
Eddie Barrera
Doctors are more confident in prescribing pain medication after reviewing a patient’s medical history. We’ve received a few messages from patients worried that a proposal to have doctors check a patient’s medical history before prescribing powerful pain medications could prevent or delay them from getting their medicine. In fact, all the evidence shows the opposite. The bill, SB...
News Release
4/30/2015
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog strongly supports the Consumer Privacy Protection Act introduced today by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and five other Democratic Senators. “This is a strong bill that provides important protections for consumers’ data,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project director. “...
News Release
4/30/2015
Liza Tucker & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA—The price of a gallon of regular gas in California spiked up another 40 cents this week and now stands at $3.59 a gallon at the pump due to fresh problems refineries have tried to conceal, Consumer Watchdog said today. Californians are now paying exactly a dollar more than the US average.   “By keeping the system running on virtually empty and the market in the...
News Release
4/29/2015
Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said today that the abysmal patient safety record of California hospitals exposed in a national report card highlights the lack of legal deterrence and safeguards to protect consumers. The Leapfrog Group, an employer-backed nonprofit group focused on healthcare quality, gave nearly 40 percent of California hospitals a C, D or F grade. These poor grades...
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
4/30/2015
The new spike in gas prices comes as Consumer Watchdog continues its in-depth analysis of California’s 2015 price spikes. The analysis includes a historical look at California refiners, their market control, and how they manipulate the market to reap windfall profits through spikes that cause sticker shock at the pump. Read the report here: www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/Price­...
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4/9/2015
Consumer Watchdog said refiners continued to reap a windfall in the wake of refinery shutdowns in February, driving prices at the pump artificially high, a situation exacerbated by low gasoline inventories in California.
Video
4/9/2015
California drivers paid $1 billion extra at the pump in March, when compared to the national average gas price charged to U.S. drivers, according to an analysis of the latest government data by Consumer Watchdog.

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