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News Release
8/1/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington DC – Big mortgage bundlers tied to title companies and the real estate lobby are seeking to get Congress to allow home warranty companies to pay now-illegal kickbacks to real estate brokers under last minute Congressional legislation. Consumer Watchdog condemned the effort to let the legislation proceed without a floor...
News Release
7/23/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Google and Facebook continued pumping record amounts of money into their lobbying efforts during the second quarter to influence federal lawmakers and regulators, according to lobbying disclosure forms filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Google’s second quarter lobbying spending soared 90...
News Release
7/20/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog warned today that an attempt to “harmonize” California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act could weaken privacy protections for patients. The CMIA provides stronger privacy protections than HIPAA. In...
Blog Post
7/3/2012
By Judy Dugan
One of the best consumer protections of the health reform law was a requirement that health insurance companies spend at least 80% to 85% of your premiums on actual health care, leaving 15% to 20% for overhead and those multimillion-dollar executive salaries. If companies don't meet this efficiency level, the they have to pay back some of...
News Release
6/28/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Washington, DC & Santa Monica, CA – Today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act and its mandate that individuals purchase health insurance makes rate regulation the next essential phase of health reform, said Consumer Watchdog today. Consumer Watchdog praised the court for requiring...
News Release
6/2/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Los Angeles, CA -- The California Secretary of State cleared the ballot petition that requires health insurance companies to get approval for rate hikes, and creates fairer insurance rating factors, for the random sample count of signature verification yesterday. County registrars reported enough “raw count” signatures to move the...
Blog Post
5/22/2012
By Laura Antonini
California drivers: have you heard of the Low Cost Automobile Insurance Program? If you have a minimum liability auto insurance policy (15/30/15) and this doesn’t sound familiar, then your insurance agent or broker may have violated the law. California's Low Cost Auto Insurance Program gives low-income motorists with good...
News Release
4/2/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Commerce to offer legislation to implement the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights proposed by the Administration. In comments filed with the Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the nonpartisan, nonprofit public...
News Release
3/26/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog praised the Federal Trade Commission’s privacy report released today supporting a Do Not Track Mechanism that will help give people control of the collection and use of their personal data when they are online. Consumer Watchdog has waged a two-year war to get Do Not Track to the top of the consumer...
Blog Post
11/30/2011
By Moira Dhaliwal
We elect our representatives on the good faith that they are working in the best interest of the general public. However, as publicized by a "60 Minutes" piece, both parties of Congress apparently trade stocks based on inside knowledge and get away with it.  Studies (Bainbridge and Siobrowski, Cheng and Boyd) research...