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Blog Post
12/9/2009
Posted by Doug Heller
California Public Utilities Commissioner Rachelle Chong - the force behind California's land-line telephone service deregulation - will not be confirmed for a 2nd term, according to the LA Times.  After a few years demonstrating her fealty to telecom at California consuemrs expense, the Senate is making the right move.  The fact is, she...
Feature
11/18/2009
Litigation Team
Imburgia, Mecca and Greiner v. DirecTv Los Angeles Superior Court No. BC 398295   UPDATE: Court Denies Preliminary Injunction Against DirecTv During 2008, Consumer Watchdog received complaints from the public concerning unexpected and undisclosed equipment charges by DirecTv when customers terminate satellite television service, either...
Feature
11/18/2009
Litigation Team
Faigman v. AT&T Mobility LLC U.S. District Court - Northern District of California Case3:06-cv-04622-MHP Suit Against Cingular (Now AT&T) for Providing Customers "Rewards Cards"...Faigman v. AT&T Mobility LLC U.S. District Court - Northern District of California Case3:06-cv-04622-MHP Suit Against Cingular (Now AT&T...
News Release
5/27/2009
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield, 310-392-0522 x 303; or Leslie Bailey, 510-622-8150 x 203
Court Rejects AT&T's Efforts to Bar Customers from Joining Together to Hold the Company Accountable in Court   Santa Monica, CA -- A class action lawsuit charging that millions of cell phone users were misled and overcharged when Cingular merged with AT&T Wireless in 2004 may go forward, a federal court ruled on Tuesday.   In a...
News Release
2/20/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Harvey Rosenfield, 310-392-0522, x303
Groups Want Reversal On Ruling That Companies Can Continue Illegal Practices Until Someone Gets Hurt   Santa Monica, CA -- In an extraordinary request made late yesterday, eight public interest organizations asked the California Supreme Court to scrap its recent decision barring consumers from going to court to block unlawful terms in a...
Blog Post
6/20/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
I got this email from AT&T in my inbox yesterday: Should it surprise me that AT&T jumped on California's hands-free driving law as a marketing opportunity? They warn me that it's time to buy a hands-free option because the law goes into effect July 1. But, at least in this ad, expensive bluetooth technology looks like the only alternative...
Blog Post
6/10/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
I’ve written a lot about “not voting” over the years, that particularly cowardly legislative habit of “taking a walk” when controversial legislation comes up for a vote, rather than taking a stand and risk offending an interest group or constituents. It hasn’t gotten any better, as the San Francisco Chronicle...
Blog Post
4/9/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
Donors to the Democratic Party are getting uppity. They’ve dared suggest that the money they donated to elect people might not exactly get spent that way if Speaker Núñez gets to keep his hands on it. (Couldn’t be the revelations about Núñez’s use of campaign cash to wine, dine and fly his way around...
Blog Post
4/7/2008
Posted by John M. Simpson
Salaries for key officials at the National Institutes of Health show clearly just how bloated the top salaries at the California stem cell agency are. You'll recall that at its March meeting the oversight committee of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) upped ranges a whopping 23 percent for key executives. The range for the...
Blog Post
3/31/2008
Posted by John M. Simpson
I reported last week on my efforts to receive a promised television set for signing up with Verizon's FiOS Triple Freedom plan.  The saga continues and I'm now on first-name basis with an ever increasing number of customer service representatives. The problem, you'll recall, was that I was promised a 19-inch flat screen TV for signing up for...