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News Story
3/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Critics couldn't help but note that the state Franchise Tax Board's decision in August to yank the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit Blue Shield of California came only days after we reported that the company was spending millions for a luxury box at Levi's Stadium. "The skybox fell on their head," Jamie Court of Consumer...
News Release
3/20/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Trade Commission to re-open its antitrust investigation of Google and urged the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee to hold a hearing probing how the Internet giant escaped prosecution for its anticompetitive practices. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group acted in...
News Story
3/20/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Yet the FTC publicly announced the exact opposite conclusion. The Wall Street Journal has acquired and released internal Federal Trade Commission documents that raise some interesting questions about the FTC's official handling of an antitrust investigation into Google's practices. Specifically, FTC staff members...
News Story
3/20/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of yesterday's leaked FTC report indicating that Google threatened web sites with removal from its search engine if they didn't let Google use their content, the backlash against Google is rising again. A few years ago, Google faced a lot of criticism, for everything from letting some of its Street View cars collect people...
News Story
3/20/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to reopen an antitrust investigation into Google, in light of this week's news that a 2012 staff report recommended taking the company to court. Consumer Watchdog also is urging the Senate to examine how Google “escaped prosecution for its anticompetitive...
News Story
3/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has made great strides in carrying out its mission, which is to ensure consumers are fairly treated in the financial marketplace, Director Richard Cordray said Tuesday in delivering the bureau's semiannual report at a House Financial Services hearing. The bureau's qualified mortgage...
News Story
3/4/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Attorney General Kamala Harris has investments worth as much as $1 million after her marriage last summer to Douglas Emhoff, who owns stock in dozens of companies in industries the attorney general oversees, such as technology and communications interests, according to a filing released Tuesday. Harris is a career...
News Release
2/25/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Communication Commission should protect consumer privacy and regulate connections between the Internet and so-called “edge providers,” like Google, when the agency begins regulating broadband service like a public utility, Consumer Watchdog said today. An FCC fact sheet about Chairman Tom Wheeler...
News Story
2/4/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- Last November's election was a sleepy, low-turnout affair, but don't think it wasn't costly: The health and insurance industries spent about $114 million to kill a pair of ballot measures that would have hurt their bottom lines -- and, they say, patients and consumers.     Campaign finance reports filed this...
News Story
1/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google poured a record amount of cash into lobbying the US Federal Government last year, outspending its tech rivals and even the major telecommunications companies, a nonprofit group has found. According to advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, Google spent US$16.83m on lobbying in 2014, a 20 per cent year-on-year increase and the most it has ever...