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3/27/2017
CONTACT John Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A crash involving an Uber robot car in Arizona shows the need for Uber to take the Safe Autonomous Vehicles (SAVe) Campaign pledge and agree to accept responsibility when one of its self-driving cars causes a crash, Consume Watchdog said today. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group also called on Uber to release...
News Release
3/24/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA— California Governor Jerry Brown has put the interests of Big Oil first in California though he criticized Trump’s EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for the same thing as he made his way to Washington this week, Consumer Watchdog said today. In a letter, Brown wrote to Pruitt, “Once again, you’ve put the...
News Release
3/20/2017
CONTACT John Simpson
    SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today petitioned the California Attorney General to investigate Amazon, the gargantuan online retailer, for misleading consumers by often leading them to believe they are getting deals with discounted prices, when they are not.  The charges are based on an extensive research analysis of...
News Release
3/10/2017
CONTACT John Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – New regulations formally proposed today by the California Department of Motor Vehicles covering deployment of robot cars and testing of self-driving cars without steering wheels weaken safety protections, Consumer Watchdog said. It called for the regulations to be strengthened before they take effect. The nonpartisan,...
News Release
3/8/2017
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield
SANTA MONICA, CA: “Self-driving” vehicles will pose unprecedented safety, security, and privacy risks, and insurance companies and auto makers will try to shift the blame – and the costs – to consumers through higher insurance rates, Consumer Watchdog warned today in an informational hearing in Sacramento conducted by the...
News Release
3/8/2017
CONTACT John Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA. – Uber today received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test its robot cars in the state and Consumer Watchdog warned that the cars should not carry passengers while still being tested. “When Uber illegally deployed its robot cars in San Francisco last year, the vehicles were observed...
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...