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News Story
12/28/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Two consumer groups asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to block Google Inc.'s (GOOG) proposed $750 million acquisition of mobile advertising company AdMob Inc., as they allege the deal would diminish competition to the detriment of consumers. "Consumers will face higher prices, less innovation and fewer choices," said John M....
News Release
12/28/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Deal To Buy Mobile Advertising Company Is Anti-Competitive And Raises Privacy Concerns WASHINGTON, DC — Two consumer groups today asked the Federal Trade Commission to block Google’s $750 million deal to buy AdMob, a mobile advertising company, on anti-trust grounds. In addition, the groups said, the proposed acquisition raises privacy...
News Story
12/28/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google recently revealed that the Federal Trade Commission was intensely reviewing the search giant's recent $750 million acquisition of mobile ad network AdMob.  Last week, Google said the FTC has made a second request for further information about the deal. Today, two consumer groups, Consumer Watchdog and the Center For Digital Democracy...
News Story
12/21/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LOS ANGELES, CA -- A Superior Court judge has approved a $750,000 settlement between Nextel Communications Inc. and customers, putting an end to a six year-old lawsuit over charges for paper bills. Los Angeles County Judge John Shepard Wiley Jr., filling in for Judge Anthony J. Mohr, approved the settlement Thursday. Mohr is currently sitting by...
Blog Post
12/9/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California Public Utilities Commissioner Rachelle Chong - the force behind California's land-line telephone service deregulation - will not be confirmed for a 2nd term, according to the LA Times.  After a few years demonstrating her fealty to telecom at California consuemrs expense, the Senate is making the right move.  The fact is, she...
Courtroom Case
11/22/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Faigman v. AT&T Mobility LLC U.S. District Court - Northern District of California Case3:06-cv-04622-MHP Suit Against Cingular (Now AT&T) for Providing Customers "Rewards Cards"...Faigman v. AT&T Mobility LLC U.S. District Court - Northern District of California Case3:06-cv-04622-MHP Suit Against Cingular (Now AT&T...
Feature
11/18/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Imburgia, Mecca and Greiner v. DirecTv Los Angeles Superior Court No. BC 398295   UPDATE: Court Denies Preliminary Injunction Against DirecTv During 2008, Consumer Watchdog received complaints from the public concerning unexpected and undisclosed equipment charges by DirecTv when customers terminate satellite television service, either...
Feature
11/18/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Faigman v. AT&T Mobility LLC U.S. District Court - Northern District of California Case3:06-cv-04622-MHP Suit Against Cingular (Now AT&T) for Providing Customers "Rewards Cards"...Faigman v. AT&T Mobility LLC U.S. District Court - Northern District of California Case3:06-cv-04622-MHP Suit Against Cingular (Now AT&T...
News Story
10/16/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
For the second time in two years, AT&T is raising local landline phone rates by more than 20 percent. The phone giant plans to start informing customers next week that charges for basic phone service will jump from $13.50 a month to $16.45 on Jan. 2. AT&T also plans to raise the rate for its LifeLine service for low-income customers, by 73...
News Story
9/24/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California consumers have taken DirecTV to court, saying the El Segundo-based satellite television company's "early cancellation penalty" unlawfully removes funds from customer bank accounts and charges their credit cards without prior knowledge or consent. One of the primary lawsuits consolidated into a class action case in Los Angeles...