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News Release
1/7/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Pump Price up a Nickel in a Week, Boosting Refinery Profits Even as Economists See Recession Looming Santa Monica, CA -- A weekly national increase of more than a nickel a gallon for regular gasoline has motorists paying a "speculative bonus" to hedge fund traders and others who have kept the price of crude oil near $100 a barrel, said...
News Story
1/4/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Erie Times-News (Pennsylvania) January 4, 2008 by Jim Carroll, Erie Times-News Gas prices go up again Erie area drivers are digging deeper than ever before to buy a gallon of gas. And they might have to dig deeper yet. A 10-cent overnight jump had drivers paying record high pump prices Thursday. Prices were $3.19 to $3.21 a gallon at most local...
News Release
1/3/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA -- In a letter sent today to California Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill, a consumer group urged Hill, who is conducting an independent fiscal analysis of the state's health care legislation, to examine cost overruns hitting a similar program in Massachusetts and the lack of controls over insurer profiteering in the California...
News Release
1/2/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Group Calls on Congress to Curb Wild Speculation in Energy Markets Speculators ginned up alarm over Nigerian gang violence, Pakistani unrest and shaky predictions on future OPEC capacity to drive crude oil prices to $100 a barrel without any evidence of imminent shortages, said the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights Tuesday. With gasoline...
News Story
12/30/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Ventura County Star (California) December 30, 2007 by Rachel McGrath, Correspondent ZIP code changes expected in '08 Decision to affect Thousand Oaks, neighborhoods A decision is expected early in the new year on whether or not the U.S. Postal Service will change the ZIP codes for Thousand Oaks, including the city's Newbury Park and Westlake...
Feature
12/29/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Contra Costa Times (California) December 29, 2007 by Janis Mara STAFF WRITER Online consumer advocate resolves disputes;  LetterChamp writes wrongs When Theo Brown scored a high-end, newly released computer on Dell's Web site for less than $2,000 in 2006, he was jubilant at getting a good deal. But his mood soured when he got an e-mail saying...
News Story
12/29/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LetterChamp writes wrongs When Theo Brown scored a high-end, newly released computer on Dell's Web site for less than $2,000 in 2006, he was jubilant at getting a good deal. But his mood soured when he got an e-mail saying delivery would be delayed indefinitely. "I called customer service and got put on hold, then went through voice mail hell...
News Story
12/26/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
InPhonic, a reseller of wireless services based in the District, may be leaving some of its customers out in the cold for a second time. The company's sale to a Philadelphia private-equity firm and its bankruptcy filing mean that it is less likely to repay hundreds of customers under a settlement with the D.C. attorney general's office over...
News Release
12/17/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Núñez Deal Would Force Consumers to Buy Health Insurance With No Limit on Price or Promise of Meaningful Benefits Santa Monica, California -- Labor unions, hospitals and doctors, health insurers and the drug industry have contributed $3.8 million to Proposition 93, the measure to extend legislative term limits, as they sought and...
News Release
12/6/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California Consumer Group Challenges Farmers' Attempt to Overcharge California Homeowners One-Quarter $Billion a Year Santa Monica, CA -- Farmers Insurance Company is seeking exemptions to state rules that could allow it to charge one million Californians almost $250 million extra per year for their Farmers homeowners insurance. Information...