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News Story
1/5/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Court ruling finds regulator overstepped on memo to insurers about autism treatment complaints   State regulators shouldn't have sent health insurers a memo on how to handle complaints about autism treatments because it was tantamount to issuing a regulation without it being properly vetted, a judge has ruled.   In the mixed...
News Story
12/31/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Mercury Insurance cuts an estimated total of 72 million dollar in rates for drivers. This happened after the company was challenged by the Consumer Watchdog, a non-profit group closely working with the Department of Insurance. Consumer Watchdog’s challenge to Mercury Insurance came at a time when Mercury Insurance planned to increase...
News Story
12/28/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Apple is in the sights of privacy advocates concerned over the lack of controls to prevent abuses in the mobile world. "At least in the wired or online world, the consumer has some kind of privacy policy on which to rely... [that] will give some kind of idea of what is happening with your information," said consumer advocate John...
News Story
12/16/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
The satellite TV giant agrees to pay state governments $13.25 million and reimburse customers who claimed the company did not adequately explain price policies. DirecTV Inc. has settled misleading-advertising complaints, agreeing to pay state governments $13.25 million and reimburse customers who claimed the company did not adequately explain...
News Story
12/16/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Satellite television company DirecTV has agreed to a multimillion-dollar settlement with California and other states in connection with allegations of misleading sales and marketing practices. State Attorney General Jerry Brown said the settlement agreed to by him and 48 other state attorneys general was filed Wednesday in San Diego Superior...
News Release
12/15/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog issued the following statement regarding today's announcement of a lawsuit and settlement agreement between the California Attorney General and DIRECTV:   "The lawsuit and settlement agreement announced today by the California Attorney General and DIRECTV – apparently one of a...
News Story
12/1/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON - Fresh off the news that Europe is formally investigating Google, a Silicon Valley antitrust expert today laid out the hypothetical case against Google that might play out should U.S. regulators decide to get involved. Gary Reback, an attorney with Carr & Ferrell and a prominent figure in the antitrust trials involving Microsoft...
Blog Post
10/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Today's LA Times has prominently featured the story of Dana Christensen, a Consumer Watchdog hero, in an article documenting a new lawsuit brought by the Los Angeles's City Attorney against a health insurance company, HealthMarkets Inc., notorious for selling "junk insurance" to consumers. (Photo Credit: Al Seib, Los Angeles...
News Story
10/11/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Days after a $545 million settlement was announced that would resolve a long-standing nationwide class action against Farmers Group Inc. for alleged overcharges, the plaintiffs may have hit a snag: a lack of consensus as to whether the arrangement is a good deal for class members. The disagreement centers on whether the defendants, including...
News Story
7/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
German officials have launched legal proceedings against Facebook for accessing and saving the personal data of people who do not use the site.  Facebook could face fines of tens of thousands of euros under privacy laws. The social networking firm confirmed it had received a letter about the action. "We consider the saving of data from...