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8/24/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – With a unanimous vote the California Assembly approved SB 482 today, legislation that will begin reversing the opioid overdose epidemic by requiring doctors to check patients’ prescription histories before prescribing. The bill now heads to the Senate for concurrence before being sent to the governor. “California...
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8/24/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jonathan Phenix
Santa Monica, CA – Following Consumer Watchdog's petition for a hearing on Commerce West's application to increase its auto insurance policyholders' rates by 12% overall, the company has withdrawn its requested rate hike, saving California drivers over $8.2 million. Consumer Watchdog's petition alleged, among other things,...
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8/24/2016
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Alexandra Nagy
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Southern California's winter peak natural gas needs can be met without Aliso Canyon, Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch said today. Their evaluation runs counter to the Aliso Canyon winter reliability assessment, issued by California regulators, SoCalGas, and the LADWP, which the groups say overstates the...
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8/23/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jonathan Phenix
Santa Monica, CA – In response to Consumer Watchdog’s challenge to State Farm’s proposed rate increases on businesses’ liability and property insurance, State Farm has agreed to cut the average overall rates it charges wholesale, retail, and service businesses by 4.0% and agreed to not raise the rates paid by professional...
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8/17/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Testifying before a state panel investigating California’s high gas prices, oil-trading company Vitol blamed ExxonMobil’s lack of transparency for the record 2015 gas price spike. Brad Lucas, a West Coast trader for the company, stated, “if there was more transparency around what was going on with refinery...
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8/10/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA—Public interest group Consumer Watchdog today reported that twenty-six energy companies including the state’s three major investor-owned utilities, Occidental, Chevron, and NRG—all with business before the state—donated $9.8 million to Jerry Brown’s campaigns, causes, and initiatives, and to the...
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8/10/2016
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Yesterday, the California Department of Insurance made public a proposed decision by an Administrative Law Judge, issued after an extensive hearing requested by Consumer Watchdog, ordering State Farm to decrease its homeowners insurance rates by 7.0%, and to refund policyholders $85 million for overcharges collected since...
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8/9/2016
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Jonathan Phenix
Santa Monica, CA -- In a major victory for 1.7 million State Farm policyholders, an administrative law judge at the California Department of Insurance has: •    Determined that since at least July 15, 2015, State Farm’s premiums for homeowners insurance have been excessive, ordering the Company to refund policyholders at...
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8/5/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on California Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla to restore key privacy protections to her bill (AB 1592) that would allow self-driving shuttle buses to be tested on California roads without human drivers. “It’s outrageous that you would capitulate to robot carmakers and surrender...
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8/4/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA –  Consumer Watchdog pointed today to big new California oil profit reports, gasoline pricing data and a candid remark from a refinery CEO to show that the companies are making unreasonable profits from California drivers due to their market power and anti-competitive practices.   Today oil refiner Tesoro reported...