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News Release
1/13/2016
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Three of the nation’s top consumer advocates today asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to adopt as standard equipment three new advanced safety technologies that could prevent thousands of deaths and injuries, and billions in property damage, from rear-end crashes. The formal petition by...
News Story
1/13/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is poised to announce new auto safety guidelines -- and it had better be prepared for a fight. The federal agency has reached an agreement with several manufacturers, say sources not authorized to speak publicly on the topic, and could announce new safety standards as early as Thursday or...
News Story
1/13/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Rear-end collisions are the curse of the motoring classes. They become more common as traffic congestion increases and as electronic gadgets distract drivers from the task at hand. But just as technology contributes to the problem, it can also help solve it. Through advanced collision avoidance technology, that's increasingly available as...
News Story
1/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Channel surfing is gong to get more expensive for Dan Sauer, a subscriber to Time Warner Cable. "I'm not happy with it because there's not too many other options you can go with," he said. The rate increase is spread across line items on your bill. Time Warner says it's because of its continued investment in performance and...
News Story
1/5/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil complaint Monday against Volkswagen over its sale of vehicles that used software to cheat on U.S. emissions tests, sharply turning up the heat on the German automaker. The complaint, filed in federal court in Detroit on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, accused Volkswagen of violating...
News Story
12/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Inside the courtroom, a judge's review on Monday of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's still-evolving settlement of a class-action lawsuit over a malfunctioning billing system was a mostly somnolent affair. The real drama was outdoors, where a press conference on the courthouse steps devolved into a shouting match between two...
Video
12/21/2015
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Consumer Watchdog has raised concerns that refunds owed ratepayers of Los Angeles DWP, many of whom have already made overpayments, will not be delivered for one year and a half under the best case scenario, while plaintiff attorneys will get paid $13 million in May. Consumer Watchdog's problems with the settlement include the need for...
News Story
12/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A judge Monday gave conditional approval to a proposed settlement that calls for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to pay out tens of millions of dollars in refunds to customers who billed inaccurate amounts during a problem-filled overhaul of the utility's customer billing system. Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle said he supports...
News Story
12/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A judge Monday gave conditional approval to a proposed settlement that calls for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to pay out tens of millions of dollars in refunds to customers who were billed inaccurate amounts during a problem-filled overhaul of the utility’s customer billing system. Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle said he...
News Story
12/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. Supreme Court made clear this week that, regardless of what the Constitution says about a consumer's right to sue, businesses are absolutely entitled to block people from banding together and taking a dispute to court. It was the court's latest ruling in favor of arbitration, rather than class-action lawsuits, as a preferred...