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9/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Tom Vacar speaks with Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court about why Californians are still getting gouged at the gas pump compared to the rest of the nation.
News Release
8/17/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Testifying before a state panel investigating California’s high gas prices, oil-trading company Vitol blamed ExxonMobil’s lack of transparency for the record 2015 gas price spike. Brad Lucas, a West Coast trader for the company, stated, “if there was more transparency around what was going on with refinery...
Video
8/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog presented in front of the Petroleum Market Advisory Committee on California's high gas prices. Jamie Court showed that high prices are the result of market power caused by just 4 companies controlling 78% of California's refining.
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.