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News Release
5/23/2002
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SB 1452 Would Impose Hefty Fines on Executives Who Cover Up Financial Fraud Sacramento, CA -- Consumer advocates testified called on Senators to pass SB 1452 (Escutia), which would create new protections for whistleblowers and new obligations on executives who have information about financial fraud. "After Enron, we need more tools to ensure...
News Story
5/16/2002
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Tri-Valley Herald A former Livermore Lab security officer who was fired in August testified this week in support of proposed state legislation that would offer assistance to whistleblowers. Senate Bill 1452, introduced by state Sen. Martha Escutia, D-Montebello, would provide a "Whistleblower Hotline" within the office of the Attorney General...
News Release
5/14/2002
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Enron Internet Messages Indicate Insiders Knew Early on of Financial Fraud Sacramento-- Legislation introduced today would hold executives, like former Enron CEO Ken Lay, criminally liable for financial fraud that they knew about but did not report. SB 1452 (Escutia), sponsored by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR), also...
News Story
5/1/2002
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Swallow This: How Drug Makers Use Pharmacies To Push Pricey Pills -- Drugstores Are Paid to Tout Refills, New Alternatives To Prescription Customers -- Suits Allege Privacy Violations Teresa Hohu received a letter from Longs Drug Stores Co. in January suggesting that she switch from her daily Fosamax  pill for osteoporosis to a new weekly...
News Release
3/15/2002
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Federal Indictment Sets Stage to Kick Auditor Out of California Santa Monica, CA -- Andersen, the nation's fifth largest accountant, should lose its permit to practice accountancy in the state of California, in light of a Federal indictment for shredding documents in the wake of the Enron scandal. The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer...
News Release
2/14/2002
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 14, 2002: The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights issued 'The Whistleblower' No. 1 Thursday. The newsletter, which is sent to the organization's internet subscribers, lawmakers and reporters around the country, is subtitled "Exposing Corporate and Government Abuse -- Protecting the Public Trust." To receive a fax...
News Story
1/15/2002
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sacramento Bee A Sacramento judge this week is preparing to throw out a lawsuit alleging the state Lottery engaged in what amounted to deceptive advertising, but beneath the surface, questions about the fairness of the lottery's Scratcher games linger. The problem, as the lawsuit alleged and the Lottery Commission admits, is that Scratcher game...
News Story
1/8/2002
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
San Jose Mercury News SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Herb Wesson has tried his hand at a series of colorful jobs: He's donned a gold smock to shampoo rugs as a house cleaner, whipped up water-free dinners selling gimmicky cookware door-to-door and honed his wit as a stand-up comedian. This week, after a political odyssey that has stretched through...
News Story
10/14/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
An unbalanced justiceSan Francisco Chronicle What began as a noble concept -- using arbitration instead of the courts to settle many disputes -- has developed into a grossly unfair commercial justice system. In a three-part series that concluded Tuesday, Chronicle staff writer Reynolds Holding provided compelling evidence of serious problems in...
News Story
8/21/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The basic laws of physics (the speed of light, the power of gravity) once thought immutable, may be changeable after all, scientists reported last week. But if there is one fundamental rule about Sacramento lawmaking that has not changed -- at least in recent decades -- it's the power of the special interests. That's why we at FTCR are in the...