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News Release
11/21/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today said executives of leading Internet companies Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! should face criminal charges for their roles in allowing mortgage modification ad scammers to advertise on their sites. The nonprofit, nonpartisan group’s call came as the Office of the Special Inspector General for...
Blog Post
11/17/2011
By Doug Heller
Does your bank charge you extra on your monthly car or mortgage loan payments for insurance that the bank bought? Do you even know if it’s happening? Most people insure their homes and cars, but banks sometimes buy an additional policy without asking the owner, adding the costs to the monthly car or home loan payment. Sometimes the...
News Release
11/16/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Google to donate the tainted revenue it received from deceptive ads preying on vulnerable homeowners to non-profit groups that help consumers with credit problems, including homeowners seeking to avoid foreclosure. The mortgage modification scams were first revealed in a Consumer...
Blog Post
11/9/2011
By Judy Dugan
British oil giant BP would like us all to forget its record oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year, a deadly 2005 explosion at its Texas City oil refinery and a major Alaskan oil spill in between–all of them the result of a company that cared more about the bottom line than about how it got there. But, oops, BP is back in the news with...
News Release
11/9/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge
Los Angeles, CA -- Consumers and the courts, not an insurance company defendant, should benefit from a $455 million class action settlement, Consumer Watchdog argued at the settlement’s final approval hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court today. The unclaimed funds in the settlement of a consumer lawsuit against Farmers Insurance could...
News Release
11/3/2011
CONTACT Pamela Pressley
Santa Monica, CA —DIRECTV reported net profit of $516 million for the 3rd Quarter of 2011, bringing its net profit to $1.89 billion for the first 9 months of the year and putting the company on track to top its record 2010 profit of $2.3 billion. DIRECTV’s profits come at the expense of its customers who are assessed hefty “...
Blog Post
10/27/2011
By Carmen Balber
Today, Consumer Watchdog joined the AFL-CIO, Americans for Financial Reform, Citizens Trade Campaign, Public Citizen, and U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) in releasing a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Michael Punke calling for a review of WTO rules to ensure that countries have sufficient policy space...
Blog Post
10/27/2011
By John M. Simpson
Has Google taken a page from Microsoft's evil history and started using the same anticompetitive tactics that landed the Redmond, WA., software company in antitrust trouble in the U.S. and Europe?  A exclusive report in The New York Post says that's exactly what the Federal Trade Commission is considering in its major antitrust...
Blog Post
10/18/2011
By Jamie Court
After spending some time at Occupy LA last week, and seeing the worldwide protests the occupation inspired this weekend, I have a firm sense that the cold of winter will not freeze the passion at the heart of the movement.   This is no flash mob. It's a movement about occupying space to stand against gross inequality, pitching a...
Video
8/25/2011
Consumer Watchdog's John M. Simpson discusses Google's $500 Million Drug Ads Settlement on Bloomberg News.