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News Release
3/17/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California's Record Pump Price is $3.634, Usual Leader Hawaii Drops to $3.62 -- Group Praises Hawaii Effort to Expose Profits Santa Monica, CA -- In a reversal of the usual gasoline price pattern, the isolated market of Hawaii now has cheaper gasoline than California, said the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. In addition, Hawaii's...
News Story
3/16/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Information from pharmacies could go to drug firms Pharmaceutical companies could gain access to medical records to send reminders to patients to refill prescriptions, if a state bill is passed. The bill, SB 1096, was introduced by state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello. It allows pharmaceutical companies to purchase the information from the...
News Release
3/14/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA -- The insurance affiliate of the Automobile Club of Southern California (the Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club) will issue $22.5 million in refunds to approximately 120,000 policyholders to resolve lawsuits brought by The Proposition 103 Enforcement Project, a project of the non-profit Foundation for Taxpayer and...
News Story
3/14/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Refunds averaging $187 are in store for 120,000 policyholders of the Automobile Club of Southern California who were charged higher rates on new policies from 1999 to 2004 because they could not prove that they were previously insured. The refunds, to be announced today, are part of an unusual legal settlement between AAA and a Santa Monica...
Blog Post
3/13/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
I was blown away by a conversation I had with a Silicon Valley insider who told me the technologists at Google were keeping score not just on my browsing habits, but their connection to my buying habits. Apparently, we each have our own "Google Score," which is determined by how we search, browse and buy AND determines the results of the...
Blog Post
3/12/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
My doctor’s office made a new, and pretty scary, request this morning. It was a routine visit, and when I paid my co-pay (and an odd 55 cent balance left over from last time) they gave me another form to sign. It informed me that, in order to reduce paper use and costs, the office was going to begin automatically billing my credit card,...
News Release
3/12/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Author Received $21,000 from Bill Benefactors SACRAMENTO, CA -- A consumer advocate will speak out against proposed legislation that would create a loophole in existing law which bars the sharing of private medical information without a patient's consent. The bill, SB 1096 (Calderon), does so by deeming what amounts to marketing material to be...
News Story
3/11/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Legislature is reduced to small measures as need for fundamental change grows California's quasi-public stem cell research agency is holding a rare meeting in Sacramento on Wednesday, and questions about its internal conflicts and finances remain as urgent as ever. Three months ago, the oversight board of this San Francisco-based institute was...
News Story
3/10/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LOS ANGELES, CA -- California insurance companies must comply with state regulations requiring them to pay the legal and expert fees of consumers or groups that challenge a proposed rate change if the challenge impacts the end result, whether a formal hearing takes place or not, according to a Los Angeles Superior Court ruling. The March 7 ruling...
News Release
3/10/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Group Calls for Swift Action to Curb, Regulate Energy Speculators, 'Today's Enron Rogues' Santa Monica, CA -- Congress and President Bush must take joint action against the speculators who have driven oil and gasoline prices past all-time records, said OilWatchdog.org, a project of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. Gasoline prices...