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CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Now that lead battery recycler Exide Technologies has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has potentially stuck California taxpayers with the tab for multi-millions in cleanup costs in the city of Vernon, Consumer Watchdog said today. The DTSC suspended operations at the plant...
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CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog sent a letter today to the head of California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control urging the agency to stop stalling and sanction or pull permits of serial environmental violators, including Chevron and Evergreen Oil, a used oil-re-refiner.   A third case, that of hazardous waste...
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CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson: 310-292-1902; or Carmen Balber: 202-629-3043
Brief Argues Books Settlement Violates Both U.S. And International Copyright Law, Is Anticompetitive WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog today filed a brief urging a federal court to reject the proposed Google Books settlement because it is anticompetitive and violates both U.S. and international law.  Separately, the consumer group called...
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Posted By Jamie Court
This organization drew heat from some of our friends over the last year for tangling with then-Speaker of the California Assembly Fabian Nunez -- over his support for Governor Schwarzenegger's mandatory private health insurance plan, his flawed term limits extension initiative and his campaign contributor-financed junkets. Why, some of our...
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Jamie Court
You have to love Harvey Rosenfield. When he sees a just fight, he rushes headlong into it. That's why Harvey took a plane to Washington DC today to try to stop the $700 billion bank bailout, or at least get something for consumers in the process. The Rosenfield alternative would include a national cap on interest rates for credit card, consumer...
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CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, (310) 392-0522, ext 309, or Jamie Court, (310) 874-9989
Redesigned Website Is Public Forum For Dialogue On Consumer Rights Santa Monica, CA -- The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) has changed its name to Consumer Watchdog.  The group, which was founded by Proposition 103 author Harvey Rosenfield in 1985 and is the most prominent consumer group in the West, has also launched an...
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Posted By: Mark Reback
Reporters covering the goings on at California's Capitol in Sacramento want a WiFi network installed in the building so they can go online to post timely blogs and articles at a moment's notice. The Capitol Correspondents Association of California said that they might be up for paying for up to half of the costs, so that the state doesn't have to...
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Posted By: Jamie Court
Watching Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis stand together in front of Los Angeles City Hall this morning made me feel like I was watching a re-run of the California recall campaign of 2003. Only this time, both Arnold and Gray were campaigning to stop the special interests and lobbyists from running Sacramento. Both were stumping for the...
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CONTACT Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, ext. 305; or Jamie Court, ext. 327
Pump Price up a Nickel in a Week, Boosting Refinery Profits Even as Economists See Recession Looming Santa Monica, CA -- A weekly national increase of more than a nickel a gallon for regular gasoline has motorists paying a "speculative bonus" to hedge fund traders and others who have kept the price of crude oil near $100 a barrel, said...
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CONTACT Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, ext. 305
Group Calls on Congress to Curb Wild Speculation in Energy Markets Speculators ginned up alarm over Nigerian gang violence, Pakistani unrest and shaky predictions on future OPEC capacity to drive crude oil prices to $100 a barrel without any evidence of imminent shortages, said the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights Tuesday. With gasoline...