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7/11/2017
As Amazon prime day entices millions of shoppers with its discounts, Consumer Watchdog raises an alarm.  John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's tech advocate, highlights a new report that shows Amazon's deceptive pricing practices.
News Release
7/10/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned consumers about Amazon’s deceptive pricing practices and said its dubious behavior means its big promotion on Tuesday should be called ‘Slime Day,” not “Prime Day.” The nonprofit nonpartisan public interest group also called on antitrust authorities to block...
Video
7/10/2017
John Simpson tells KCBS TV-2, Los Angeles morning news that Amazon's "list prices" are bunk and often nothing more than a deceptive sales tactic.
Video
7/9/2017
With Amazon Prime Day in full swing, Consumer Watchdog says Amazon's deals are often not what they appear, using fake "was" prices to trick consumers.
News Release
7/6/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—As Governor Brown challenges the Trump administration today on climate change by issuing a sweeping invitation to a global “climate action” summit in San Francisco, Consumer Watchdog is challenging the Governor to hold the summit in Northern California’s Richmond or in Southern California cities like...
News Release
6/27/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog today called on the Public Utilities Commission to require disclosure of any communications about new, unnecessary natural gas-fired power plants in Southern California made during Governor Jerry Brown’s recent trip to Beijing to tout clean energy. The trip, during which energy company executives...
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
1/3/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- The LADWP’s pledge to give customers a bill of rights is a step forward, but the LADWP remains in need of a major bureaucratic overhaul, Consumer Watchdog said today. “These are common sense reforms that should be standard business practice and shouldn’t need a board of commissioners’ vote,” said...
News Release
11/17/2016
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog wrote Mayor Eric Garcetti today that last-minute revisions to a DWP ratepayer overbilling settlement now boost attorneys’ fees 46 percent to $19 million from $13 million, but shortchange ratepayers who should be paid interest on refunds owed them for three years. Consumer Watchdog pointed out that while...
News Release
11/9/2016
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Angelenos who voted down Measure RRR delivered the message to the largest municipal utility in the country that they will not stand for the dysfunctional Department of Water & Power policing itself, Consumer Watchdog said today. “Angelenos just voted for more DWP accountability for $44 million in customer billing...