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8/29/2014
By John M. Simpson
An $8.5 million settlement  in a class action privacy lawsuit against Google “doesn’t pass the smell test” a federal judge said at a fairness hearing on the proposed deal Friday in San Jose, CA, indicating he will likely reject it. Five consumer privacy groups — Consumer Watchdog, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, The Center for Digital Democracy, Privacy...
Blog Post
8/29/2014
By John M. Simpson
You know how Google executives are always claiming that they care about privacy?  Well, yet again their actions demonstrate  just how empty those claims actually are are. Disconnect, a San Francisco based startup just spent a year and $300,000 developing a privacy protecting app for Android smartphones called Disconnect Mobile. Like virtually all Android app developers it loaded the app...
News Release
8/27/2014
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Five consumer privacy groups today emphasized their continuing opposition to a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users’ search data because the proposed deal provides no benefit to class members. In a letter to Judge Edward J. Davila, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC),...
Blog Post
8/29/2014
By John M. Simpson
An $8.5 million settlement  in a class action privacy lawsuit against Google “doesn’t pass the smell test” a federal judge said at a fairness hearing on the proposed deal Friday in San Jose, CA, indicating he will likely reject it. Five consumer privacy groups — Consumer Watchdog, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, The Center for Digital Democracy, Privacy...
Blog Post
8/29/2014
By John M. Simpson
You know how Google executives are always claiming that they care about privacy?  Well, yet again their actions demonstrate  just how empty those claims actually are are. Disconnect, a San Francisco based startup just spent a year and $300,000 developing a privacy protecting app for Android smartphones called Disconnect Mobile. Like virtually all Android app developers it loaded the app...
Blog Post
7/24/2014
By John M. Simpson
Remember back in 2011 when Google settled  with the U.S. Department of Justice on charges that it was knowingly selling advertising on its site to Canadian pharmacies that led to illegal importation of prescription drugs? The Internet giant paid $500 million as a penalty.  Apparently the settlement didn’t have a tremendous impact on the way Google does business. Now, according to...
News Release
8/27/2014
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Five consumer privacy groups today emphasized their continuing opposition to a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users’ search data because the proposed deal provides no benefit to class members. In a letter to Judge Edward J. Davila, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC),...
News Release
8/26/2014
Bob Pack & Jamie Court
Danville, CA --- Responding to recent claims by the No On Proposition 46 campaign that doctors are not in a safety sensitive position, so they should not be drug tested, Proposition 46 proponent Bob Pack called on the leaders of the ACLU to explain their position. Prop 46 requires random drug and alcohol testing of doctors with hospital privileges, as well was other patient safety protections. In...
News Release
8/26/2014
John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog has filed formal comments calling on the Federal Communications Commission to reject the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable because the deal “is not at all in the public interest.” “The consolidation of the largest cable television providers would create a media juggernaut that would stifle completion and hurt...
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
8/24/2014
Dr. Loyd is an Internal Medicine physician and medical educator in Tennessee with expertise in proper prescribing of controlled substances and substance use disorders.  He is in recovery from his own prescription opioid and benzodiazepine disorder and now regularly lectures and educates health care professionals, law enforcement, policymakers, and others on the dangers of prescription...
Video
8/8/2014
KNSD TV-7 NBC in San Diego covers the discussion on California's Prop 46 on the statewide ballot in November.
Video
8/8/2014
KNTV NBC-TV Bay Area discusses Prop 46 on the statewide ballot in California, and whether doctors should be drug tested.

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