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News Release
6/21/2017
CONTACT Jonathan Phenix & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog has filed a petition challenging the insurance rates that two companies in the Travelers Group want to charge small businesses. The consumer group is seeking a 20% cut to the rates Travelers currently charges, which would deliver about $20 million in savings to policyholders. Travelers’ rate...
News Release
6/14/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Robot cars operating without mandatory safety, security, privacy and ethical standards will pose unprecedented risks to the American public, Consumer Watchdog warned today in a report, Self-Driving Vehicles: The Threat to Consumers. The report is being issued in conjunction with a day-long program, Driverless Cars: The Legal...
News Release
6/13/2017
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog joined 80 public interest groups in opposition to a bill the U.S. House will vote on Wednesday that would strip away the rights of patients harmed by medical negligence, elder abuse, dangerous prescription drugs and defective medical devices. President Trump proposed similar limits to patient rights in...
News Release
6/8/2017
CONTACT Ben Powell & Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA -- The California Supreme Court should review a decision that would prevent consumers from seeking refunds when they are illegally taxed, according to an amicus curiae letter submitted by Consumer Watchdog. In McClain, et al. v. Sav-On Drugs, et al., the California Court of Appeal ruled that consumers who have been wrongfully...
News Release
6/7/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Alphabet Inc., parent company of Google, today refused to back a change in Internet law that would enable victims to hold websites that intentionally facilitate online child sex-trafficking accountable, at the company’s annual shareholders meeting. The refusal came from Kent Walker, Sr. Vice President and General...
Video
5/30/2017
The DMV is taking action and is now investigating Uber's self-driving truck program after Consumer Watchdog raised concerns that it is not in compliance with California law.
News Release
5/26/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today endorsed a proposed bill in the New York State Assembly that would provide the so-called “Right To Be Forgotten,” allowing people to request removal of material and search engine links from their name to information that is inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant, or excessive from...
News Release
5/24/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to reject staff recommendations for minor fines against the Governor’s top aide Nancy McFadden and the Democratic Party, and to reopen the cases and interview witnesses not contacted. The FPPC meets tomorrow to decide the matters. The...
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...
Video
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.