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By Jamie Court
The following op-ed commentary by Consumer Watchdog's President Jamie Court, appeared in the Sacramento Bee on December 2, 2016. The California Democratic Party recently announced that it would no longer accept political contributions from Big Oil. Bravo. This is a positive step forward, especially as the state investigates the party...
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SANTA MONICA, CA – A growing list of Tesla crashes demonstrates the urgent need to regulate the vehicles’ “Autopilot” feature, Consumer Watchdog said today, reiterating its call to the California DMV to act and for the company to disable the feature. Earlier this week a Tesla smashed into a construction barrier truck on the...
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three of the nation’s leading consumer advocates have sued the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a federal district court in Washington, D.C., for failing to respond to a formal request that the agency require automakers to adopt advanced safety technologies that could prevent or limit the...
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SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has petitioned the California Department of Motor Vehicles to immediately start a formal rulemaking to expedite a proposed regulation banning misleading advertising that leaves the dangerous – and sometimes fatal – impression that a car is more capable of driving itself than is actually the...
Consumer Watchdog Testifies That Refiners Continue to Get Rich on Inflated Gasoline Prices By Cutting Production To Reduce Supply
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – Advocates from Consumer Watchdog testified today at the California Energy Commission’s Petroleum Market Advisory Committee (PMAC) that California drivers are still paying 50 cents more than US drivers as oil refiners continue to reap double their historical profits. The nonprofit public interest group called...
By John M. Simpson
The National Highway Safety Administration has apparently bought into the hype from robot car manufacturers and has failed to take necessary steps to protect the nation’s highways. As Consumer Watchdog just told NHSA in formal comments filed with the agency about the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, voluntary guidance is insufficient...
Consumer Watchdog Tells LA Mayor That Ratepayers Should Be Paid Interest On Money DWP Owes in Overbilling Scandal And Calls For Transparency About DWP Problems
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Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog wrote Mayor Eric Garcetti today that last-minute revisions to a DWP ratepayer overbilling settlement now boost attorneys’ fees 46 percent to $19 million from $13 million, but shortchange ratepayers who should be paid interest on refunds owed them for three years. Consumer Watchdog pointed out that while...
Consumer advocates say consumers should be prepared for gas prices to jump up again due to another fire at the Exxon Torrance refinery, which is causing outages.
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WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to enact Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards covering autonomous vehicles, saying that a lack of enforceable performance standards covering the vehicles "threatens the safety of the nation's highways." In conjunction with...
By Jamie Court
The balance of power in American politics shifted fundamentally yesterday. I know it’s tough for all of us to wrap our minds around. The fact is what we do in the way we do it is needed more than ever today. We stand up to corruption in government and industry so people aren't so disaffected. If ever the world needed the Consumer...