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News Release
10/13/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 392-0075, or jamie@consumerwatchdog.org
New York, NY -- A national consumer group is running a 30 second commercial on a Times Square Superscreen that challenges Koch Industries, "the largest oil company you've never heard of," for its record of environmental degradation, political influence, Tea Party funding and climate change denial. The parody of a Coca Cola commercial...
News Release
10/12/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-7051 or 213-280-0175; or Doug Heller, 310-392-0708
Top Prop 23 Funder Doesn’t Want Greentech Competition To Get in Way of Profiteering Santa Monica, CA – A new report by Consumer Watchdog's OilWatchdog.org project finds that Valero Energy reaped over $4.5 billion in refining profit while gouging California motorists since it bought its second California refinery in 2002. The oil...
Blog Post
10/8/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
Support for Do Not Track Me legislation is growing in Washington with the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission telling ABC's Good Morning America on Friday that "one of the things we are thinking about is a Do Not Track List." The idea is to allow consumers to opt out of having their Web activities tracked by companies wanting to to...
News Release
10/8/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043; or Jamie Court, 310-392-0522, ext 327
Woman Left With $450K in Medical Bills Joins Call for President to Enforce New Consumer Protections Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog called on President Obama to reject waivers requested by junk health insurance plans, including one that left Dana Christensen with $450,000 in medical debt, that would allow them to evade minimum benefit...
News Release
10/6/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, ext. 309
Candidate Mike Villines Has Taken $66,950 From Insurance Companies Despite Pledge Not to Take Industry Cash Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph and Progressive Insurance have deposited three hundred fifteen thousand dollars in a political action committee that has begun an advertising campaign attacking insurance...
Blog Post
10/5/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
70 million Americans who get health insurance through their employer cannot take their insurance company to court when the insurer doesn't provide the benefits it promised, even if the insurer's decision to delay or deny life-saving treatment results in an employee's death. Now the federal health reform law requires every American to prove they...
News Release
10/1/2010
CONTACT Doug Heller, 310-392-0708
Leno/Schwarzenegger Bill Uses Insurance Industry's Chosen Language For Evaluating Premium Hikes Santa Monica, CA – Health insurance companies pursuing rate hikes in California received a boost yesterday with the signing of SB 1163 by Senator Mark Leno (San Francisco).  The bill, amended in the final days of the 2010 legislative...
News Release
9/29/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson , 310-392-7041, or cell: 310-292-1902
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has placed a digital advertisement in Times Square calling Internet giant Google “chicken” for its failure to accept the public interest group’s challenge to debate measures to protect consumers’ online privacy. The ad is running during “AdWeek” in New York City...
News Release
9/29/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 874-9989; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog asked President Obama to issue an Executive Order freezing health insurance premiums to protect consumers from unjustified and unreasonable increases until new rules under the health reform law requiring public justification of unreasonable premium hikes take effect.   Recently announced health insurance...
Blog Post
9/29/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
BP executives can’t seriously believe that this time they’ll get safety right. The company’s penny-pinching “safety be damned” culture is too entrenched to reverse -- especially if you put the old vice-president of excuses in charge of the new plan. BP’s new CEO Robert Dudley announced a sweeping overhaul...