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News Story
9/20/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
As a student at the University of San Francisco, I find like many San Franciscans that living in the city means I don't need a car. Even if I wanted a car, USF doesn't allow us to have them on campus. With tuition going up every year, auto insurance is an extra expense I don't need, so I'm thinking of canceling my insurance....
News Release
8/26/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Data released today by the Secretary of State shows a ballot measure to require health insurance companies to publicly justify rate increases should have been on the ballot this November, but was unnecessarily delayed to 2014 due to a flawed signature verification process, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign. The measure...
News Story
8/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Two decades ago, when my now 21-year-old son had a terrifying medical mishap that has left him blind and disabled for life, I sought out a consumer group that was advocating for patients. And since discovering Consumer Watchdog, over the last 20 years, we have exposed medical negligence, fought for better patient safety laws, won landmark...
News Story
8/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Secretary of State announced on Thursday that a ballot initiative to require health insurance companies to publicly justify and get approval for rate increases before they take effect has qualified for the 2014 ballot. Santa Monica, Calif.-based-Consumer Watchdog’s Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act...
News Release
8/15/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan
Santa Monica, CA — San Bernardino County, plagued by predatory mortgages that left 60% of the county’s homeowners underwater, is stepping up to solve the problem on its own after the failure of banks and the financial industry to stem the crisis, said Consumer Watchdog. The county’s newly formed joint powers authority scheduled a...
News Release
8/8/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – A Sacramento Superior Court will hear arguments tomorrow on a lawsuit by Mercury Insurance Company billionaire George Joseph and his Prop 33 campaign to remove criticism of Prop 33 from the official ballot arguments and hide from voters the fact that Proposition 33 will allow insurance companies to surcharge California...
News Story
8/6/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Sacramento loves to hate Consumer Watchdog, because we expose the dirty deeds politicians do for corporations, confront regulators who are asleep at the switch, and don’t believe you have to go along with big corporations to get along. We also take on the rich and powerful in the initiative process on behalf of consumers, which the legislature...
News Release
7/31/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Washington DC – Big mortgage bundlers tied to title companies and the real estate lobby are seeking to get Congress to allow home warranty companies to pay now-illegal kickbacks to real estate brokers under last minute Congressional legislation. Consumer Watchdog condemned the effort to let the legislation proceed without a floor...
News Story
5/14/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Millions of dollars in "hydrogen highway" grants by a state commission are drawing cries of favoritism and collusion as they seem to guarantee that most refueling stations for the hydrogen fuel cell vehicles due to hit the road by 2017 will be owned by two large companies closely aligned with auto manufacturers. Very quietly, the...
News Story
5/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. Torrance Unified School District parents, teachers and administrators line up to sign a petition against state education cuts outside of Torrance High School in Torrance, Calif.   If you've been to a grocery store or farmers market lately, you've likely been approached by...