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1/12/2017
CONTACT Jamie Court & John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Advocates today called on President-elect Donald J. Trump to make General Motors CEO Mary Barra his first firing and remove her as co-chairman of the newly created Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation (ACAT). In a letter to Trump, Jamie Court, president of Consumer...
News Release
1/5/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Uber to release information about testing its robot cars in Arizona after pulling them out of San Francisco and to answer 10 questions about its vision for self-driving vehicles. In a letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project Director John M. Simpson...
News Release
1/3/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- The LADWP’s pledge to give customers a bill of rights is a step forward, but the LADWP remains in need of a major bureaucratic overhaul, Consumer Watchdog said today. “These are common sense reforms that should be standard business practice and shouldn’t need a board of commissioners’ vote,” said...
News Release
12/28/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today condemned Governor Jerry Brown’s appointment of Cliff Rechtschaffen to the scandal-plagued Public Utilities Commission given Rechtschaffen's role in carrying out the demands of the oil industry in the firing of two tough wellhead regulators at the Department of Conservation and Department of...
News Release
12/21/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Uber is refusing to obtain required permits to test robot cars on San Francisco streets in order to keep test information secret and avoid public scrutiny, Consumer Watchdog said today. The Department of Motor Vehicles and the Attorney General have told Uber that the company must get permits or face legal action. A meeting...
News Release
12/20/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A witness saw an Uber robot car drive through a red light in San Francisco three weeks ago and Consumer Watchdog today shared details of the incident with the Department of Motor Vehicles to help it prepare legal action against the renegade firm. Uber began offering rides with its self-driving cars without the required...
News Release
12/19/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that Google violated the law and an earlier consent agreement when it forced a change in its privacy policy on users in a highly deceptive manner, without meaningful notice and consent. The Internet giant...
News Release
12/15/2016
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog will be in court tomorrow to oppose a request by State Farm, California’s largest insurance company, to postpone refunds of more than $100 million in overcharges on home, condo and renters insurance, and delay a 7% rate cut that would save customers $156 million per year (including the savings from...
News Release
12/14/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on San Francisco police to impound Uber’s robot cars operating without a permit on city streets and asked City Attorney Dennis Herrera to file criminal charges against Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. California Motor Vehicle Code requires a permit for testing autonomous vehicles in the state...
News Release
12/13/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s new name for its robot car division, “Waymo,” fits, Consumer Watchdog said today, because it reminds us that we must know “way more” about robot cars and the serious policy issues they raise before self-driving cars can be safely deployed. In announcing the new stand-alone robot car...