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News Story
7/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s top prosecutor is investigating whether major oil refiners defrauded consumers by colluding to boost gas prices above what the rest of the country paid last year after the shutdown of the ExxonMobil refinery. The inquiry by Attorney General Kamala Harris comes in the wake of a report by the nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog that...
News Story
7/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
TARZANA, Calif. (KABC) -- Whether prices are up or down, Californians consistently pay more than people in other states, and California State Attorney General Kamala Harris wants to find out why. Drivers are filling up for under $3 a gallon at many Southern California gas stations, but that wasn't the case last year. The group Consumer...
News Story
7/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Given stubborn premium, investigators may find market manipulation this time California Attorney General Kamala Harris is investigating whether major oil refiners have artificially inflated retail gasoline prices in the state, the Wall Street Journal reports. I know what you’re thinking: Doesn’t California investigate the oilies after...
News Story
7/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California Attorney General Kamala Harris has come around to confronting the big oil refineries over the big price gap between what we pay for gas here in California and what motorists pay in the rest of the country.  But she took her time to get around to it, says Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court. “She’s a very...
News Story
7/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
2015's high gas prices across California could have CA Atty General's office probing into suspected $10 billion gouging by state refineries. Santa Monica, CA —Do you still flinch when you're filling up? Last year, California drivers were gouged to the tune of $10 billion at the pump last year, according to the Santa Monica...
News Story
7/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California drivers were paying as much as $1.50 more per gallon than drivers in the rest of the nation. Santa Monica, CA — California drivers were gouged to the tune of $10 billion at the pump last year, Santa Monica consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog said Thursday. The group was reacting to a report from the Wall Street Journal about...
Video
7/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog says oil companies have been price gouging Californians to the tune of $10 billion compared to the rest of the nation, and are applauding the Attorney General's subpoenas to oil companies this week.
News Release
6/30/2016
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA - The Wall Street Journal is reporting that major California oil refiners are receiving subpoenas related to manipulating the gasoline supply to raise gasoline prices in the state. Consumer Watchdog provided evidence to the California Attorney General’s office one year ago today that refiners were using their market leverage...
Blog Post
6/3/2016
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Update:  The clock last reset on July 11th at noon after an unplanned shutdown at PBF's Torrance refinery. The refinery underwent a shutdown of major gasoline units afer a problem with a software upgrade.   When refineries go down, gasoline prices go up.  That's why we started the clock on the next "unplanned"...
Video
3/30/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates say federal authorities should investigate potential price gouging of consumers by oil companies.