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News Release
5/23/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on tech companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Microsoft, to support amending a key Internet law so websites like Backpage.com that facilitate child sex trafficking can be held accountable by victims and state attorneys general. Consumer Watchdog’s call came at the...
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5/18/2017
In a new report, Consumer Watchdog and its coalition partners uncover how Google helped fund the defense of websites accused of aiding child sex trafficking.  Backpage.com, the website in question, has knowingly hosted ads for child prostitution.
News Release
5/17/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A coalition of anti-child sex trafficking and public interest groups, and the mother of a trafficking victim, today released a report detailing how a Google-funded campaign protects a law that shields a notorious hub of child sex-trafficking, Backpage.com, from any accountability for its activities. Google and the...
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5/16/2017
A new report by Consumer Watchdog and its coalition partners shows how google helped fund the legal defense of Backpage.com, a website which hosted ads for child prostitution.
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5/15/2017
Consumer Watchdog's environmental advocate Liza Tucker discusses how environmental regulators failed to adequately test the area adjacent to a summer camp, which was a nuclear testing facility, for nuclear waste contamination.
News Release
5/11/2017
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Supreme Court has rebuffed an assault by Mercury Casualty Co., State Farm, Allstate, Farmers and other insurance companies on Proposition 103, the landmark insurance reform law that has saved California consumers over $100 billion since voters passed it in 1988. The Court let stand a lower court ruling that...
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5/10/2017
Jerry Flanagan of Consumer Watchdog tells KCBS that the AHCA, or "Trumpcare", will hurt consumers and patients, leading to worse coverage at a much higher rate for all.
News Release
5/8/2017
CONTACT Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- United States Senator Bernie Sanders Saturday night called on California to take the lead in healthcare reform and pass a bill that would provide a single-payer healthcare system. “The great state of California can send a message that will be heard all over this country, and all over the world if you pass single-payer...
News Release
5/4/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Public interest advocacy groups Consumer Watchdog, Food & Water Watch, Rootskeeper, Save Porter Ranch, and public interest attorneys Aguirre & Severson LLP, have urged the Senate Rules Committee not to confirm former aide to Governor Jerry Brown, Cliff Rechtschaffen, to the California Public Utilities Commission....
News Release
5/2/2017
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan - Consumer Watchdog & Travis Corby - Shernoff Bidart Echeverria LLP
Santa Monica, CA - California consumers are being priced out of their life insurance policies once they become disabled resulting in the loss of valuable coverage, according to a class-action lawsuit accusing Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company of “bad faith.” According to the lawsuit: “Consumers purchase life insurance...