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Video
3/2/2017
KCAL TV 9 interviews Carmen Balber of Consumer Watchdog about the details of the GOP's coming Obamacare replacement and the potential for serious drawbacks for consumers.
Feature
3/1/2017
Annette Ramirez - Los Angeles, CA
In August of 2012, 48 year old Annette Ramirez went to the hospital for a hysterectomy.  She was happily married with children 8 and 12 years old.  She was planning on going home the next day.  Annette's surgery was done laparoscopically, a type of minimally invasive surgery available for decades.  Instead of creating a...
News Release
2/27/2017
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – Physician oversight remains broken four years after a legislative review committee considered shutting down the Medical Board of California if it did not improve patient protection, Consumer Watchdog will testify today at the sunset review hearing into the future of the Board. Many consumers who complain to the Medical Board...
News Release
2/16/2017
CONTACT John Simpson
  SANTA MONICA, CA – Five public interest groups have joined in proposing 10 key steps to the Federal Trade ​Commission that they said the agency must take to ensure the FTC adequately protects consumers. In a letter to Acting FTC Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen and Commissioner Terrell McSweeney the groups wrote: “American...
News Release
2/14/2017
CONTACT Jerry Flanigan
  Santa Monica, CA – Consumers are just beginning to discover that Anthem eliminated coverage for out-of-network doctors ​now that the Affordable Care Act “Open Enrollment Period” to secure health coverage for 2017 ended on January 31. “Anthem broke the law and its promises to consumers by illegally eliminating...
News Release
2/13/2017
CONTACT Pam Pressley
Santa Monica, CA—In a published decision issued Friday afternoon, the California Court of Appeal in Sacramento has rejected a sweeping legal assault brought by Mercury Casualty Co. and insurance industry lobbying groups against Proposition 103, the landmark insurance reform law that has saved California consumers over $100 billion since...
Video
2/9/2017
Consumer Watchdog pressures the California DMV to take action after reports of Otto, Uber's self driving Truck company, seen driving on CA roads without a permit.
News Release
2/8/2017
CONTACT John Simpson
  SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the Department of Motor Vehicles to revoke Otto’s robot truck registrations and seek appropriate charges against the company and its executives for illegally testing self-driving technology on California roads.​ The group also said that given Otto's actions, Uber cannot...
News Release
2/8/2017
CONTACT Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has petitioned the Department of Insurance to reject GEICO’s and Progressive’s use of occupation in setting auto insurance rates. The challenges seek to stop the insurance companies from giving discounts to drivers who are employed in elite professions such as lobbyists, lawyers, and...
Video
2/7/2017
Visio is hit with a fine by the FTC for its illegal spying technology embedded in its Televisions.  Consumer Watchdog raises the alarm over the extent of this invasive practice.