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2/8/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog delivered a report today to a state panel finding that California’s largest oil refiners calibrated imports and exports of gasoline to artificially inflate gasoline prices during the first nine months of 2015, when gas prices were consistently $1 per gallon higher than the nationwide average. The report...
News Release
2/3/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – President Obama proposed another $1.2 billion in federal funding to raise the ante in the fight against opioid abuse, including funds to expand the use of state prescription drug databases. A California bill would implement this prevention strategy by requiring physicians to check California’s prescription drug...
News Release
2/2/2016
CONTACT Cody Rosenfield & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Tesoro, the state’s second largest refiner, reported today that 2015 was its best year ever for refining in California. Based on an analysis of the company’s annual filing, Consumer Watchdog has found that in 2015 the company made $1.9 billion in California alone- their best year ever by over a billion dollars. The...
News Release
2/1/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & Charles Langley
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog and the law offices of Aquirre & Severson petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission for an open investigation into the Porter Ranch leak, including the immediate release of key documents and a PUC meeting in Los Angeles within 10 days to discuss the petition. “The CPUC has failed to...
News Release
1/29/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Chevron's US refining profits soared to their highest ever in 2015, thanks to California drivers who paid inflated prices for gasoline, Consumer Watchdog said today. More than half of Chevron's US refining takes place in California. US refining profits made up $3.1 billion of Chevron's annual profit of $4.6 billion...
News Release
1/28/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SACRAMENTO, CA – Consumer Watchdog today strongly endorsed the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ draft regulations for autonomous vehicles that require self-driving robot cars have a licensed driver behind the wheel capable of taking control, and a working steering wheel, gas pedal and brake. “The need to require a...
News Release
1/28/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Valero, California’s fourth largest oil refiner, reported $852 million in profits from oil refining in California in 2015, blowing past prior years’ profits by treating drivers who buy California gasoline as cash cows, Consumer Watchdog said today. The company’s California refining profits were triple the...
News Release
1/22/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA -- Consumer Watchdog will challenge executives at a Department of Insurance hearing into the proposed Centene/Health Net merger to commit to strong consumer protections as conditions of a merger approval.   The Department of Insurance has broad authority to set conditions on the merger deal.   “The history of health...
News Release
1/21/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- The Fair Political Practices Commission today approved a new regulation requiring more disclosure of shadow payments by the state’s biggest lobbyists on advertising and other spending to influence lawmakers. Consumer Watchdog said a loophole in the rules could allow big industries or other lobbyists to continue concealing...
News Release
1/21/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s federal lobbying expenses in 2015 topped $16 million for the second year in a row, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit public interest group, monitors the lobbying disclosure reports...