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News Release
2/27/2015
CONTACT John Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The proposed Privacy Bill of Rights Act released by the White House today fails to adequately protect consumer privacy and allows industry to dominate making the rules that would govern corporate behavior, Consumer Watchdog said. “The bill envisions a process where industry will dominate in developing codes of...
News Release
2/27/2015
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa, Monica CA—Gas prices have jumped up 80 cents a gallon in California since refinery shutdowns and slowdowns began on February 1, and 17 cents in Los Angeles overnight, making just announced California Senate hearings even more urgent, Consumer Watchdog said today.  “There is just no good explanation for why consumers are...
News Release
2/26/2015
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said it looked forward to working with Senate lawmakers who today set hearings for March on possible refinery price manipulation, as the group had requested. “Gas prices have gone up 70 cents so far since refineries started shutting down and it is high time we had refinery executives on the hot seat to...
Blog Post
2/26/2015
By Jamie Court
Leave it to Washington DC to hand Americans what is probably the greatest consumer victory from that town in a decade, then to not show them the actual rules. This morning my 8 year old and I listened as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) declared "All bits are created equal" and voted for a new age of Internet freedom and...
News Release
2/25/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Communication Commission should protect consumer privacy and regulate connections between the Internet and so-called “edge providers,” like Google, when the agency begins regulating broadband service like a public utility, Consumer Watchdog said today. An FCC fact sheet about Chairman Tom Wheeler...
News Release
2/25/2015
CONTACT Cody Rosenfield & Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—California refinery shutdowns and slowdowns are boosting refinery profit margins by as much as 72 percent, according to a key indicator called “crack spreads,” Consumer Watchdog said today. Crack spreads represent the price difference between what refineries pay per barrel of crude oil and what they charge for...
News Release
2/25/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
Los Angeles, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject AT&T’s proposed purchase of the satellite television company DIRECTV unless the company agrees to eliminate DIRECTV’s anti-consumer policy of charging massive Early Termination Fees, often taken directly from a customer...
News Release
2/24/2015
CONTACT Michael Kapp & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA: Saying the public has a right to know, Consumer Watchdog called upon Senators Mike McGuire and Jim Beall to subpoena Department of Health Care Services data on prescribing patterns of psychotropic medication by doctors to foster youth. Senator McGuire and Senator Beall are holding a joint legislative hearing today on the misuse...
Blog Post
2/24/2015
By Cody Rosenfield
Four years ago, after an avalanche of complaints about Hyundai’s Elantra’s inflated mileage, Consumer Watchdog wrote the EPA about the problems with trusting automakers to self-test their MPG claims. Yesterday, the EPA toughened its testing procedures for the first time in a decade. Unbeknownst to most Americans, the EPA doesn’t...
News Release
2/23/2015
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today that the retail price per gallon of gas in California has soared 53 cents between February 2, when Tesoro began shutting down its refinery in Martinez, through today. A regular gallon of California gasoline now costs an average of $2.96 a gallon. Consumer Watchdog has twice written state...