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News Release
5/5/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court & Liza Tucker
San Francisco, CA — Consumer Watchdog published a new report today, “Refining Profits: How Californians Get Fleeced At The Pump,” showing that oil refiners have made large profits from gasoline price spikes recently and over the last decade. The report reviewed ten years of publicly available profit data. “The proof’...
News Release
5/4/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court & John M. Simpson
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the proponents of a San Francisco ballot initiative that would regulate home sharing platforms, like Airbnb, to withdraw the measure’s privacy violating provisions that are “antithetical to San Francisco’s core values.” The nonprofit nonpartisan group took issue...
Video
5/2/2015
STOCKTON (CBS 13) — Seventy-eight year old Elizabeth Passage said the Social Security Administration wrongfully declared her dead. She was first alerted something was wrong when she was locked out her bank account. She then got a letter from her bank saying, “We are sorry to learn about the recent death of Elizabeth Passage....
Blog Post
5/1/2015
By Carmen Balber
A landmark court decision was announced last night that will upend secrecy in the state Legislature. In response to a lawsuit by Bay Area and Los Angeles News Groups, which had sought records from the Legislature surrounding indicted Senators Leland Yee and Ron Calderon, a judge has ruled that the legislature must turn over calendars, meeting...
News Release
4/30/2015
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA—The price of a gallon of regular gas in California spiked up another 40 cents this week and now stands at $3.59 a gallon at the pump due to fresh problems refineries have tried to conceal, Consumer Watchdog said today. Californians are now paying exactly a dollar more than the US average.   “By keeping the system...
Video
4/30/2015
The new spike in gas prices comes as Consumer Watchdog continues its in-depth analysis of California’s 2015 price spikes. The analysis includes a historical look at California refiners, their market control, and how they manipulate the market to reap windfall profits through spikes that cause sticker shock at the pump. Read the report here:...
News Release
4/30/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog strongly supports the Consumer Privacy Protection Act introduced today by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and five other Democratic Senators. “This is a strong bill that provides important protections for consumers’ data,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer...
Blog Post
4/29/2015
Eddie Barrera
Doctors are more confident in prescribing pain medication after reviewing a patient’s medical history. We’ve received a few messages from patients worried that a proposal to have doctors check a patient’s medical history before prescribing powerful pain medications could prevent or delay them from getting their medicine. In fact...
Blog Post
4/29/2015
Eddie Barrera
It’s good to be king. As long as shareholders are happy, ratepayers continue to scramble to keep their health insurance. What’s to stop insurers? Nothing in California, that’s for sure. Anthem announced today that its first-quarter earnings jumped 23 percent. It earned $865.2 million in the quarter, more than $160 million than it...
News Release
4/29/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said today that the abysmal patient safety record of California hospitals exposed in a national report card highlights the lack of legal deterrence and safeguards to protect consumers. The Leapfrog Group, an employer-backed nonprofit group focused on healthcare quality, gave nearly 40 percent of California...