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By Jamie Court
Our attorneys' report from the US Supreme Court is that this morning’s oral argument didn’t reveal which way the majority was leaning in Imburgia v. DIRECTV. At issue is whether millions of consumers who paid exorbitant early termination fees can go to court in our class action, or are stuck in one-on-one mandatory arbitrations not...
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog welcomed a ruling today by the Court of Justice of the European Union that invalidates the 15-year-old “Safe Harbor” deal that allowed Europeans’ personal information to be sent to the United States. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group called on Congress to enact...
By John M. Simpson
The Court of Justice of the European Union will rule Tuesday on the validity of the U.S.-European Union “Safe Harbor” deal covering how Europeans’ personal data can be transferred across the Atlantic by Internet giants like Google and Facebook. Many people are betting the court will throw out the deal and in the long run that...
Consumer Watchdog Warns Exxon Cannot Avoid Accountability for February Explosion Through Offloading Torrance Refinery
CONTACT Jamie Court, Liza Tucker & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – ExxonMobil’s sale today of its Torrance Refinery may allow it to escape the state, but not culpability for the February 18 explosion or its subsequent coverups over its causes. That explosion injured four workers and endangered the community, and touched off a price spike that cost Californians $6 billion more for...
By Liza Tucker
As government scrutiny intensifies on ExxonMobil, the company is apparently getting out of the state. Exxon is reportedly selling its hobbled Torrance refinery in the wake of an investigation into management's responsiblity for an explosion Feb.18 that endangered workers and the community. Consumer Watchdog wrote a letter last week to...
By Jamie Court
The following is a tribute to Consumer Watchdog board member Jeremy Tarcher, who passed away recently, posted here on The Huffington Post. ---------- I recently received the sad news that my dear friend and publisher Jeremy Tarcher passed away. Few who walked the earth were ever as good a friend, mentor, or advisor as Jeremy. As his New York Times...
Video: Sen. Al Franken Asked Anthem and Aetna CEOs to Commit to Pass Along Savings to Consumers If Their Mergers Are Approved. Their Answers Are Priceless
The CEOs of Aetna and Anthem did the health insurance consolidation dance at a U.S. Senate hearing on Sept. 22. Aetna has plans to acquire Humana, and Anthem wants to buy Cigna. Both claim the mergers will improve care and cut costs for consumers. But never in the history of health insurance mergers have prices gone down for consumers when there...
Exxon is being accused by Consumer Watchdog of withholding key documents and stalling on getting their Torrance refinery back online, which is going to continue to cost Californians extra at the gas pump.
Consumer Watchdog Petitions California DMV To Amend Driverless Car Testing Rules To Require Police To Investigate Accidents; Companies To Provide Video, Tech Data
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today formally petitioned the California Department of Motor Vehicles to amend its driverless car testing regulations to require that police investigate any accidents involving robot cars. In addition the public interest group said the regulations should be amended to require copies of any video or...
Consumer Watchdog accused Exxon of withholding vital information from investigators looking into the explosion at it's Torrance refinery that has helped cause California gas prices to skyrocket.