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News Release
10/6/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Candidate Mike Villines Has Taken $66,950 From Insurance Companies Despite Pledge Not to Take Industry Cash Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph and Progressive Insurance have deposited three hundred fifteen thousand dollars in a political action committee that has begun an advertising campaign attacking insurance...
News Story
10/6/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer advocate Jamie Court, author of "The Progressive Guide to Raising Hell." (Photo: Chelsea Green Publishing) Acclaimed consumer advocate Jamie Court has used his activist know-how to leverage huge changes for average people over the past two decades. President of Consumer Watchdog, he has mastered the art of turning anger...
Blog Post
10/5/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
70 million Americans who get health insurance through their employer cannot take their insurance company to court when the insurer doesn't provide the benefits it promised, even if the insurer's decision to delay or deny life-saving treatment results in an employee's death. Now the federal health reform law requires every American to prove they...
News Story
10/5/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mortgage lenders and utility providers are charging customers as much as $20 to pay by phone. The credit card reform law now prohibits lenders from charging a fee for paying your bill by phone, particularly if you use an automated system. But apparently the same doesn't apply to mortgage payments. Such practices — let's call them pay-to-pay...
News Story
10/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Tea party activists across the state are rallying in support of Proposition 23, a measure on the Nov. 2 ballot that would suspend California's landmark global warming legislation, known as AB 32. With energy and climate change legislation stalled in Congress, the national fight over global warming and what to do about it is centered on California...
News Story
10/3/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
On Tuesday, Google revealed its seven predictions about online display advertising in 2015 at the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Mixx conference. The next day, the group Consumer Watchdog placed a digital ad in Times Square that called Google “chicken” for not accepting invitations to debate issues about the online privacy of...
News Release
10/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Leno/Schwarzenegger Bill Uses Insurance Industry's Chosen Language For Evaluating Premium Hikes Santa Monica, CA – Health insurance companies pursuing rate hikes in California received a boost yesterday with the signing of SB 1163 by Senator Mark Leno (San Francisco).  The bill, amended in the final days of the 2010 legislative...
News Story
9/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Whenever I think it can’t get any weirder in US politics and social progress, things always get weirder. Is it me? Am I over-dramatizing, or is this how some Germans felt as the Nazis began to garner popular support in the 1930s? Upton Sinclair, writer, muckraker and author of the novel “The Jungle,” which exposed the horrific...
News Story
9/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Screen shot of Jumbotron video ad. CAPTION By Consumer Watchdog The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is broadcasting Jumbotron video ads all this week in the heart of New York's Times Square to mock Google as a big chicken for dodging a privacy debate. The timing is not accidental. The Big Apple is in the midst of a week-long conference fest...
News Release
9/29/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has placed a digital advertisement in Times Square calling Internet giant Google “chicken” for its failure to accept the public interest group’s challenge to debate measures to protect consumers’ online privacy. The ad is running during “AdWeek” in New York City...