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News Story
8/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to this radio broadcast segment. A new bill has been proposed to give the Food and Drug Administration authority to test cosmetic ingredients, as well as recall products that prove to be unsafe for consumers. Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-California, and Susan Collins, R-Maine have co-authored the Personal Care Products Safety...
News Story
7/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
JPMorgan Chase patted itself on the back earlier this year after announcing plans to close hundreds of branches and increasingly shift customer transactions to ATMs and online banking. A deposit involving a human teller, the bank noted, costs it about 65 cents, whereas an ATM deposit costs just 8 cents and using a smartphone app lowers the...
News Release
6/23/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today opposed SB 726, a California Senate Bill that would curtail the ability for critics to speak out against questionable business practices. The bill was introduced as gut and amend legislation by Sen. Ben Hueso. The Assembly Banking and Finance Committee will hold a hearing on SB 726 on Monday, June...
News Story
5/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SOME consumers who bought universal life insurance policies decades ago are now facing premium increases in the double-digit percentages to maintain the policies. The policyholders have limited options, since finding affordable replacement policies would probably be difficult now that they are much older. The increases are drawing the attention...
News Release
5/9/2016
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Los Angeles, CA -- A class action lawsuit against DIRECTV brought in 2008 by California consumers who were forced to pay unlawful early termination fees of up to $480 may proceed, the California Court of Appeal has decided.   The Court ordered the case back to Los Angeles Superior Court to determine whether DIRECTV waived its right to enforce...
News Story
4/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Recently, city leaders, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Gov. Jerry Brown administration energy regulators warned of “blackouts” if Aliso Canyon’s natural gas storage remains shut. They pointed to a state report, raising the blackout threat, after which Southern California Gas Co. said it would have Aliso operating again by...
Video
4/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Harvey Rosenfield of Consumer Watchdog says some life insurance companies are not notifying beneficiaries when theyhave been designated as recipients of benefits of life insurance policies, and the companies have been pocketing the money.
News Story
4/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Thousands of Californians are owed millions of dollars in life insurance benefits and may not even know it. Now, the state Controller’s Office is trying to hand $307 million to its proper owners. State officials said beneficiaries did not know they were named in the policies, and insurance...
News Story
4/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The Takata Corp. air bag recall has become so massive that vehicle owners might wait months for repairs, which leaves many struggling to figure out how to get around in the meantime. Dealerships are paying for rental cars, but some need to be pushed into offering them, customers complain. And drivers under age 25 or with weak insurance coverage or...
News Story
4/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (CN) - Energy agencies told the LA City Council on Tuesday that customers face up to 14 days of blackouts this summer in the aftermath of this year's massive methane gas leak - an assertion a consumer group calls misleading. At a Tuesday morning council meeting, The California Independent System Operator director Tom Doughty and...