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News Release
2/26/2015
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said it looked forward to working with Senate lawmakers who today set hearings for March on possible refinery price manipulation, as the group had requested. “Gas prices have gone up 70 cents so far since refineries started shutting down and it is high time we had refinery executives on the hot seat to...
Blog Post
2/26/2015
By Jamie Court
Leave it to Washington DC to hand Americans what is probably the greatest consumer victory from that town in a decade, then to not show them the actual rules. This morning my 8 year old and I listened as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) declared "All bits are created equal" and voted for a new age of Internet freedom and...
News Release
2/25/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Communication Commission should protect consumer privacy and regulate connections between the Internet and so-called “edge providers,” like Google, when the agency begins regulating broadband service like a public utility, Consumer Watchdog said today. An FCC fact sheet about Chairman Tom Wheeler...
News Release
2/25/2015
CONTACT Cody Rosenfield & Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—California refinery shutdowns and slowdowns are boosting refinery profit margins by as much as 72 percent, according to a key indicator called “crack spreads,” Consumer Watchdog said today. Crack spreads represent the price difference between what refineries pay per barrel of crude oil and what they charge for...
News Release
2/25/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
Los Angeles, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject AT&T’s proposed purchase of the satellite television company DIRECTV unless the company agrees to eliminate DIRECTV’s anti-consumer policy of charging massive Early Termination Fees, often taken directly from a customer...
News Release
2/24/2015
CONTACT Michael Kapp & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA: Saying the public has a right to know, Consumer Watchdog called upon Senators Mike McGuire and Jim Beall to subpoena Department of Health Care Services data on prescribing patterns of psychotropic medication by doctors to foster youth. Senator McGuire and Senator Beall are holding a joint legislative hearing today on the misuse...
Blog Post
2/24/2015
By Cody Rosenfield
Four years ago, after an avalanche of complaints about Hyundai’s Elantra’s inflated mileage, Consumer Watchdog wrote the EPA about the problems with trusting automakers to self-test their MPG claims. Yesterday, the EPA toughened its testing procedures for the first time in a decade. Unbeknownst to most Americans, the EPA doesn’t...
News Release
2/23/2015
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today that the retail price per gallon of gas in California has soared 53 cents between February 2, when Tesoro began shutting down its refinery in Martinez, through today. A regular gallon of California gasoline now costs an average of $2.96 a gallon. Consumer Watchdog has twice written state...
News Release
2/20/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog announced today that spot gas prices in Los Angeles have risen 25 cents since Tuesday when an explosion rocked Exxon’s Torrance refinery, according to the Energy Information Administration. Paired with Tesoro’s Martinez facility that is also shut down, 16.5% of California’s refinery...
Video
2/19/2015
Consumer Watchdog urges Governor Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris, and leaders of the California legislature to send independent inspectors to Tesoro's Martinez refinery and Exxon's Torrance refinery to verify whether companies are restricting supply to drive up gasoline prices. The two refineries represent more than 16 percent...