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News Release
6/27/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on U.S. antitrust regulators to act against Google’s anti-competitive practices in the wake of the European Commission’s record $2.7 billion fine against Google for violating antitrust law and illegally favoring its comparison shopping service over competitors in its search...
News Story
4/26/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The day after then-Sen. Barbara Boxer called on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Southern California Edison’s handling of the San Onofre nuclear plant, utility executive Michael Hoover sent an urgent email to another company official. “We have a small window of opportunity to work with parties to implement a shutdown in...
News Story
4/18/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
PG&E bestowed pay raises on several executives during a year in which the company was convicted of crimes related to the fatal San Bruno explosion and amid spikes in monthly bills for customers, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday. Geisha Williams, who was president of the utility’s electricity operations during the...
News Story
12/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
T-Mobile employees under pressure to meet sales goals are sometimes driven to mislead customers or to enroll them in services they didn’t ask for, alleges a report from a labor coalition. In a complaint that Change to Win said they filed with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Friday, the labor group claimed that T-Mobile sets...
News Release
10/26/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA — LA Charter Measure RRR makes LADWP less accountable for its billing errors and allows for the utility to raise rates, enter into private contracts, and increase dangerous fossil fuel emissions without City Council or Mayoral oversight, Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch said today. The public interest groups...
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 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...
News Release
2/2/2016
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
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
12/16/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
Sacramento, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today revealed to a state oversight panel new tactics by which California oil refiners had their most profitable years ever and state drivers paid more at the pump than ever before compared to US drivers. The nonprofit group said that California drivers will have paid $10 billion extra for their gasoline by year...
News Story
12/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. (KGO) – The California Energy Commission is holding a hearing today to address the issue of why gas prices are usually higher here in California. Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court is charging the oil companies with gouging us at the pump. “California oil refiners...