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News Release
8/4/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA –  Consumer Watchdog pointed today to big new California oil profit reports, gasoline pricing data and a candid remark from a refinery CEO to show that the companies are making unreasonable profits from California drivers due to their market power and anti-competitive practices.   Today oil refiner Tesoro reported...
News Story
8/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A nonprofit group that has repeatedly accused the oil industry of collusion to keep gasoline prices high in California reiterated that charge Thursday, pointing to new earnings reports, price data and remarks made by PBF Energy, the owner of the Torrance refinery. Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, said the Santa Monica-based group...
News Story
8/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocacy group accused oil refiners of intentionally keeping California’s gasoline prices higher than in the rest of the nation to bolster profits, despite growing inventories and falling wholesale prices. Consumer Watchdog argued Thursday that per-gallon pump prices should be lower than the current $2.69...
News Story
7/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Wholesale gasoline in California became the cheapest in the country this week, but that change has largely gone unseen at the pump, where consumers are still paying the highest prices in the continental United States to fill up their cars. Ample inventories along with relatively stable refinery operations and imports has driven down the spot value...
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
7/4/2016
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...
News Story
7/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The California attorney general has issued subpoenas to several oil refiners to learn how they set gasoline prices, which are consistently higher in California than in most other states. Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp., Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp. confirmed on Thursday that they have received subpoenas in recent weeks. The attorney...