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News Release
1/28/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen’s deal with Google announced today makes it clear that Congressional hearings will be necessary if the American public is to understand fully what happened in the Wi-Spy scandal, Consumer Watchdog said. Google agreed to admit its Street View cars had collected private...
News Release
1/26/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber, John M. Simpson +Jamie Court
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog’s new animated satire, “Mr. Schmidt Goes to Washington,” debuted today on the streets of Washington, DC, to make the case for why Congress should call Google CEO Eric Schmidt to testify under oath about the Wi-Spy scandal and other online privacy issues.  The group also said the...
News Release
1/20/2011
CONTACT Jamie Court + Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog called on Blue Shield Thursday to disclose its CEO's salary and justify how it can hold 12 times the surplus required by the state while raising Californians' rates by 59%. Blue Shield is the only major health insurer in California that conceals its top executives' salaries from the...
News Release
1/20/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the announcement that Co-Founder Larry Page will become chief executive officer of the Internet giant and expressed optimism that the changes at the top mean Google will return to the values of its founders. Current CEO Eric Schmidt will become “executive chairman,” Google said...
News Release
1/12/2011
CONTACT Judy Dugan
Santa Monica, CA -- In a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday, Consumer Watchdog asked Brown to add a petroleum extraction tax or fee to his state budget, bringing the state an additional $1 billion or more in annual revenue to soften draconian cuts.   “An extraction tax, of the type that every other oil state in the U.S. collects,...
Blog Post
1/11/2011
By Judy Dugan
The draconian budget proposed Monday by new Gov. Jerry Brown–loaded with cuts hitting the poorest and sickest Californians–could have been more than $1 billion a year less painful. All it would take is a little extra revenue from the industry most able to afford it. I’m sure OilWatchdog wasn’t the only voice urging the...
News Release
1/10/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller and Daniel Y. Zohar
Santa Monica, CA -- Allstate Insurance has agreed to stop selling its aggressively marketed "Your Choice Auto" (YCA) insurance program in California, in response to a challenge brought by the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog.  As of today, Allstate will no longer issue new YCA policies, which Consumer Watchdog considers deceptive and...
News Release
1/6/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller + Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer advocates are calling Blue Shield's 59% premium hike Exhibit A for legislation that would allow the Insurance Commissioner to curb health insurers' rate hikes.  California Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-LA) has introduced AB 52, which would require health insurers to receive approval from the state before...
Blog Post
1/4/2011
By Judy Dugan
Every time BP or its hired claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg drip out a little information about Feinberg’s pay deal and BP’s control of the process, it raises even deeper suspicions. More than one group is trying to get to the bottom of the mysteries, but the Center for Justice and Democracy is especially persistent....
News Release
12/21/2010
CONTACT Carmen Balber + Judy Dugan
Washington, DC – Consumer Watchdog called on the Obama administration to subject all health insurance rate increases imposed since the approval of the health reform law to new regulations issued by HHS today. The new rule requires public justification and review of any health insurance rate increase of 10% or greater.   The group...