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News Story
1/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
San Diego, CA: An insurance lawsuit has been filed against Blue Cross of California, alleging a new program run by the company amounts to discrimination. In addition to claims of discrimination, the lawsuit alleges Blue Cross is guilty of bad faith insurance, not because policyholders have had their insurance claim denied, but because the new...
News Story
1/15/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog has filed a statewide class action lawsuit against Anthem Blue Cross saying the health insurer is discriminating against HIV/AIDS patients. Anthem is changing its pharmacy program and will require anyone using drugs from a list of “specialty” medications to use a mail-order pharmacy, approved...
News Release
1/10/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog praised Attorney General Kamala D. Harris for releasing guidelines to protect privacy in the mobile ecosystem and said the key recommendations in her "Privacy on the Go" report released today should be enacted into law to fully protect consumers. "This is an important step towards taming...
News Story
1/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
California report also says Mobile apps should not collect data not related to their basic functionality Mobile application developers should minimize privacy surprises for their customers by limiting their data collection and retention and giving users access to the data collected, California Attorney General Kamala Harris has recommended. Mobile...
Video
1/2/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
Attorney General Kamala Harris didn't waste any time getting down to business this year. Fox 11 investigative producer Heidi Cuda reports that the state is suing two California companies for allegedly violating the state's hazardous waste laws. The lawsuit, filed by the AG's office, make some serious allegations: That since 2006, the...
News Release
12/7/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog Friday praised California Attorney General Kamala Harris for defending consumers’ privacy rights by filing a suit against Delta Airlines for offering a mobile “app” that violates the state’s privacy law. Under California law apps designed for use on smartphones and other mobile...
Blog Post
11/9/2012
Posted by Liza Tucker
As gas prices spiked in California last month to blow past even Hawaii’s highest-in-the-nation, the state’s refineries were exporting gas. That’s right, exporting, just like the rest of the nation’s refineries. According to the Energy Department, we are now net exporters of fuel for the first time since 1949. According to...
Blog Post
10/31/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
It looks like California Attorney General Kamala Harris means business when it comes to protecting consumers' online privacy.  She has started to warn scores of companies that their mobile applications or "apps" violate California privacy law and could face fines of up to $2,500 each time one is downloaded. Her action has...
News Story
10/10/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Consumer groups gear up to fight the sale of Arco and its Carson refinery to Tesoro, saying it would reduce competition and possibly lead to higher fuel costs. As California gasoline prices set fresh records daily, consumer advocates are gearing up to fight the sale of the low-cost Arco brand and its Carson refinery to a Texas company not known...