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News Release
3/29/2017
Jonathan Phenix
Santa Monica, CA – Following Consumer Watchdog’s challenge to excessive rate hikes proposed by Farmers Insurance Group for 1.2 million renters, homeowners, and condo owners in California, the company has agreed to cut $27 million from its rate increase. Renters will see the greatest relief; their rates will drop by an average of 40.6% for an annual rate savings of $11 million from the...
News Release
3/27/2017
John Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A crash involving an Uber robot car in Arizona shows the need for Uber to take the Safe Autonomous Vehicles (SAVe) Campaign pledge and agree to accept responsibility when one of its self-driving cars causes a crash, Consume Watchdog said today. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group also called on Uber to release all video and technical details related to the...
News Release
3/24/2017
Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA— California Governor Jerry Brown has put the interests of Big Oil first in California though he criticized Trump’s EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for the same thing as he made his way to Washington this week, Consumer Watchdog said today. In a letter, Brown wrote to Pruitt, “Once again, you’ve put the interests of Big Oil ahead of clean air and politics...
Blog Post
1/18/2017
By Carmen Balber
California consumers and small business owners saved $246 million dollars on their insurance in 2016 thanks to public rate challenges brought by Consumer Watchdog under insurance reform initiative Proposition 103. Since 2002, Consumer Watchdog rate challenges have saved policyholders $3.2 billion on their auto, home, condo, earthquake, commercial and medical malpractice insurance rates...
Blog Post
1/9/2017
By Laura Antonini
Anthem Blue Cross delivered a blow to its California individual and family plan members at the start of the new year by stripping policies of out-of-network coverage. The worst part: most of these consumers don’t even know yet that they lost their out-of-network coverage for 2017. As of January 1, Anthem converted its 2016 PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) health plans, which provide...
Blog Post
12/18/2016
By Jamie Court
Uber is hearing Tommy Petty. It won't back down in its dispute with the California Department of Motor Vehicles over putting its robot cars on California roads without a license to drive. Consumer Watchdog has advocated the test robot cars be impounded and the California Attorney General has now sent a letter telling Uber it will take the company to court. So why is Uber so emboldened in its...
News Release
3/29/2017
Jonathan Phenix
Santa Monica, CA – Following Consumer Watchdog’s challenge to excessive rate hikes proposed by Farmers Insurance Group for 1.2 million renters, homeowners, and condo owners in California, the company has agreed to cut $27 million from its rate increase. Renters will see the greatest relief; their rates will drop by an average of 40.6% for an annual rate savings of $11 million from the...
News Release
3/27/2017
John Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A crash involving an Uber robot car in Arizona shows the need for Uber to take the Safe Autonomous Vehicles (SAVe) Campaign pledge and agree to accept responsibility when one of its self-driving cars causes a crash, Consume Watchdog said today. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group also called on Uber to release all video and technical details related to the...
News Release
3/24/2017
Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA— California Governor Jerry Brown has put the interests of Big Oil first in California though he criticized Trump’s EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for the same thing as he made his way to Washington this week, Consumer Watchdog said today. In a letter, Brown wrote to Pruitt, “Once again, you’ve put the interests of Big Oil ahead of clean air and politics...
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...
Video
3/22/2017
A study conducted by Consumer Watchdog shows Amazon fools its customers by posting misleading discounts.
Video
3/15/2017
The GOP's proposed American Healthcare Act would drive up prices for the elderly, sick, and those with lower incomes says Consumer Watchdog.
Video
3/14/2017
The "reference price" often given by Amazon to prove its competitive pricing isn't very competitive at all.  A new report by Consumer Watchdog shines light on Amazon's misleading practice of showing discounts that do not exist.

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