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News Release
9/3/2015
Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – A new analysis by Consumer Watchdog shows Californians have paid $5.3 billion extra for their gasoline due to the higher amount Californians are charged than the rest of the nation since February. As Labor Day weekend approaches, Californians are paying 88 cents more than the national average. The analysis shows Californians paid $900 million more for their gasoline than...
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9/3/2015
As Labor Day weekend approaches, Californians are paying 88 cents more than the national average due to oil refiners keeping our state's inventory low enough to gouge us at the pump, says Consumer Watchdog.
Video
9/3/2015
Consumer Watchdog explains how oil companies are purposefully keeping refinery inventories very low to gouge Californians at the pump.
Blog Post
8/27/2015
By Jamie Court
Covered California Chief Peter Lee has claimed that the state doesn’t need health insurance premium regulation because Covered California is a tough negotiator with the health plans.   A study out yesterday casts doubt on that proposition as researchers reported that Covered California health insurance plans have among the narrowest doctor networks in the nation – the 4th...
Blog Post
8/26/2015
By Carmen Balber
The future of the Earth, and California's dependence on Big Oil, could be determined in these last three weeks of the Legislative session.     That’s one of the reasons we launched Capitol Watchdog, our new project to pull back the curtain on corporate corruption in the Capitol. These are some of the questions that will be answered soon: Will California cut petroleum use...
Blog Post
8/21/2015
By John M. Simpson
Many of us worry that companies with an abundance of cash and a willingness to use it can unfairly influence elections and politicians.  Google — or do we call it Alphabet these days — has demonstrated a willingness to throw around big bucks to achieve its goals, but two researchers have shown how the Internet giant poses an even greater threat through its search engine. Writing...
News Release
9/3/2015
Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – A new analysis by Consumer Watchdog shows Californians have paid $5.3 billion extra for their gasoline due to the higher amount Californians are charged than the rest of the nation since February. As Labor Day weekend approaches, Californians are paying 88 cents more than the national average. The analysis shows Californians paid $900 million more for their gasoline than...
News Release
9/2/2015
Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed misguided legislation hiking the ballot initiative filing fee to $2,000 from $200 that will do nothing to stop frivolous initiatives but will undermine the public’s right to direct democracy, Consumer Watchdog said today.   Prompted by an unconscionable initiative, which was later halted by the courts, Assembly members Evan Low and...
News Release
8/20/2015
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to amend its Autonomous Vehicle Regulation to require that police investigate any crashes of robot cars being tested on public roads. In addition the DMV should require that any data and video gathered by a robot car just before and during a crash should be provided to the department, the...
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
9/3/2015
As Labor Day weekend approaches, Californians are paying 88 cents more than the national average due to oil refiners keeping our state's inventory low enough to gouge us at the pump, says Consumer Watchdog.
Video
9/3/2015
Consumer Watchdog explains how oil companies are purposefully keeping refinery inventories very low to gouge Californians at the pump.
Video
8/25/2015
Gas prices are down in the rest of the nation, but in California is seeing very little relief at the pump. Jamie Court explains why.

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