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News Release
4/27/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today applauded a California Legislature committee for passing a bill that requires prescribers to check a state database before prescribing the most addictive medications – like OxyContin and other opioids – to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose deaths. SB 482,...
News Release
4/24/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the demise of the Comcast -Time Warner Cable deal in the face of strong objections by federal regulators as a victory for consumers and the public interest group called on the Federal Communications Commission and Justice Department to block the pending merger of AT&T and DIRECTV. When...
News Release
4/23/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court & John Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called for amendments to proposals under consideration in San Francisco and in the California Senate aimed at regulating home sharing platforms like Airbnb, that would ensure privacy and allow occupancy taxes to be collected. “You can collect taxes and protect privacy at the same time,”...
News Release
4/22/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross has, once again, failed to justify a rate increase on consumers, overcharging policyholders $33 million that California’s Insurance Commissioner should have the power to reject, said Consumer Watchdog today. Anthem has imposed an average 8.7 percent premium increase on consumers with individual...
News Release
4/21/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Google spent a record $5.47 million on lobbying during the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 43 percent from $3.82 million in the comparable 2014 period, according to disclosures just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Comcast, which is seeking approval from the Federal Communications Commission and the...
News Release
4/20/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court & John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA.  Consumer Watchdog today said it opposes a California Senate bill that requires home sharing platforms like Airbnb to turn over customers’ personal information to local governments, because it would violate consumers’ privacy and is little more than a “blank search warrant” for law enforcement...
News Release
4/15/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today welcomed news reports that Europe’s competition authorities plan to file formal antitrust charges against Google on Wednesday and added that the action should benefit Americans after the Federal Trade Commission’s failure to take decisive action against the Internet giant. “Google...
News Release
4/14/2015
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & John M. Simpson
Santa Monica, CA -- Time Warner Cable is refusing to negotiate deals with other broadcasting companies that would allow southern Californians who do not subscribe to TWC to watch Dodger games in order to leverage public support for its $45 billion merger with Comcast, Consumer Watchdog said today. Time Warner executives have said they are “...
News Release
4/14/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to file formal charges against Google in the European Commission’s ongoing antitrust investigation of the Internet giant. The nonpartisan, nonprofit U.S. public interest group said the former Competition Commissioner Joaquin...
News Release
4/9/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA --- California drivers paid $1 billion extra at the pump in March, when compared to the national average gas price charged to U.S. drivers, according to an analysis of the latest government data by Consumer Watchdog. The nonprofit consumer group said refiners continued to reap a windfall in the wake of refinery shutdowns in...