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New Study Shows How Google Aids Mortgage Rescue Ripoffs Prompting Consumer Watchdog To Call For FTC To Intervene

WASHINGTON, DC -- Google has become a leading purveyor of ads by scammers who prey on struggling homeowners, according to a study released today by Consumer Watchdog, and the nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group has asked the Federal Trade Commission to stop the Internet giant from hosting the ads.

Most Facebook, Google Users Worry About Privacy and Security

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Most Americans are worried about privacy and viruses when using Facebook or Google (GOOG), according to results of a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll released Tuesday.

Nearly seven out of 10 Facebook members surveyed — and 52% of Google users — say they are either “somewhat” or “very concerned” about their privacy while using the world’s most popular social network and dominant search engine.

USA Today/Gallup Poll Shows Need For “Do Not Track” Legislation, Consumer Watchdog Says, As Rep. Jackie Speier Is Poised To Introduce Bill In Congress

WASHINGTON, DC — A new USA Today/Gallup poll that found most Americans are worried about privacy and viruses when using Facebook or Google  confirms an earlier poll by Consumer Watchdog and underscores the need for a Do Not Track mechanism to protect consumers online, the nonpartisan, nonprofit group said today.

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Consumer Watchdog has saved Californians billions of dollars by reducing insurance rates for homeowners' and auto insurance. Between 2003 and 2010 alone, savings totaled more than $2 billion (see graph on the right for details).

Below is a chart of our pending and completed challenges to insurance companies' proposed rate changes in California.

Judge Grants Farmers Customer the Right to Challenge Class Action Settlement

Over the objections of the insurance companies and attorneys for the plaintiffs, Superior Court Judge William F. Highberger granted a Farmers customer’s request to intervene in Fogel v. Farmers Group, Inc. and postponed the preliminary class action settlement approval hearing until March 2, 2011.

Consumer Watchdog's lawyers, who represent a former Farmers policyholder, argued that the terms of the settlement are unfair to customers.

Fogel v. Farmers Group, Inc

Los Angeles Superior Court No. BC 300142

Consumer Watchdog is representing a former Farmers Group, Inc. customer ("Intervenor") who is challenging portions of a $455 million settlement of a national class action lawsuit against Farmers.

(For the most up-to-date information about this case, see CASE UPDATES to the right.)