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News Story
12/5/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Wireless phone subscribership topped 250 million across the nation in November, but service issues continue to plague the industry, according to consumer surveys. In the Consumer Reports Annual Survey of Cell-Phone Service, which will be published in the January issue of Consumer Reports magazine, fewer than half of cell phone subscribers reported...
News Release
11/14/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sacramento, CA -- The vast majority of people required to buy unsubsidized private health insurance under Massachusetts' mandatory purchase law have failed to do so, according to an updated analysis by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR). A California proposal modeled on the Massachusetts law, by Assembly Speaker Nú...
News Story
8/21/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Aetna, WellPoint, Others Roll Out Policies That Cater to People Who Lack Employer Coverage; Stripping Out Maternity Care Health insurers are targeting the two groups of people least likely to be covered by insurance at work -- young people in their 20s and 30s, and early retirees who don't yet qualify for Medicare. Companies including Aetna Inc....
News Release
8/20/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Allstate Insurance Company will not be allowed to hide trial exhibits that include the company's pay-out procedures for Hurricane Katrina claims thanks, in part, to efforts by Public Justice, a national public interest law firm headquartered in Washington DC, and the California-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (now Consumer...
News Story
8/6/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A federal court in California ruled a class-action suit accusing Cingular Wireless L.L.C.-now AT&T Mobility-of false and misleading advertising can go forward. The complaint, brought under state consumer protection laws, involves a promotion in which Cingular advertised a cash rebate as an enticement to prospective subscribers. Instead,...
News Story
1/24/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following op-ed commentary by JAMIE COURT, author of "Corporateering", and president of the Santa Monica-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, was published in the Los Angles Times on Tuesday, January 24, 2006: ------------ In the wake of the Abramoff, Cunningham and DeLay scandals, all eyes have turned to lobbying...
News Story
11/30/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following commentary by FTCR President Jamie Court was broadcast on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 on the Marketplace Radio program on NPR. Click here to listen to the audio of the commentary. -------------- Lisa Napoli - Anchor: This is Marketplace. I'm Lisa Napoli. Lots of us can't live without our cell phones, but most of us can live without...
News Story
8/18/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following commentary by FTCR's president Jamie Court was broadcast on Thursday, August 18th, 2005 on the Marketplace Radio Program on NPR. Click here to listen to the audio of the commentary. --------------- KAI RYSSDAL, anchor: The Rolling Stones kick off their 25-city North American tour in Boston's Fenway Park this Sunday. Even California...
News Story
4/1/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Big Business Succeeds in Gutting California's Landmark Consumer Protection Law Multinational Monitor Vol.26 March/April California's Unfair Competition Law was the strongest consumer protection law of its kind in the United States when Proposition 64 drastically scaled it back this past November. The initiative, which passed by a 59-to-41 percent...
Feature
2/16/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
David Horowitz, the former television reporter who took over $136,000 from California utility companies to defend electricity deregulation in 1998 as the "way to cut our electric bills," is back on television. This time, he's backing a $20 billion consumer and taxpayer bailout of the utilities' deregulation disaster that has forced...