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News Release
9/16/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-7041, or cell: 310-292-1902
SANTA MONICA, CA -- The consumer group that recently launched a popular online animated satire of Google’s privacy problems embodied in an ice cream truck said the revelation that a Google engineer tracked children down shows that private information is never safe if it is in Google’s hands. Consumer Watchdog called on Google to...
Blog Post
9/5/2009
Posted by Ellen Snortland
Norwegians consider President Barack Obama to be a right-wing leader.  I kid you not.  My "people," the Norwegians, are out in front on so many social issues that even conservatives in Norway think Obama is too conservative. Nonetheless, when my husband and I were in Norway at the end of last year, our relatives and the people...
Blog Post
8/27/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
The size of Los Angeles and its economic woes make the city a nationally important test of surviving the economic recession. In a time like this, can a soft-hearted evangelical minister effectively run the mayor's office? It's a question being asked about Jeff Carr, newly appointed as Mayor Antonia Villaraigosa's chief of staff. Carr replaces the...
Blog Post
8/20/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
The whole boycott fracas over Whole Foods CEO John Mackey made me curious: what is it about health reform that scares Mr. Mackey? Mackey's Aug. 11 Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal called for government to keep out of health care--to let employers, charitable rich people and private insurance companies take care of it and allow maximum choice. He...
Blog Post
8/14/2009
Posted by Carmen Balber
You may remember the Civil Justice Association of California from decades of attacks on consumer rights such as Proposition 64, the ballot initiative that let companies off the hook under California's unfair competition law for any harm that is not measured in dollars, like loss of health, environmental damage or consumer deception. Companies used...
Blog Post
2/27/2009
Posted by Jamie Court
Facebook has taken the unusual step of allowing 30% of its members to decide privacy policies.  CBS News and CNET's Larry Magid and I talked the change over in this interview late last night. The jujitsu by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerman is no doubt meant to counter a recent populist revolt against a change in Facebook's fine print that...
News Release
11/19/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said the health insurance industry's support of national health care reform on the condition that it includes a requirement that every American buy insurance coverage -- the so called "individual mandate" -- is self-serving.  The proposal amounts only to a customer delivery system for the...
Blog Post
10/31/2008
Posted by Jamie Court
Internal FDA documents revealed by Congressman Henry Waxman show that "key FDA career officials strongly objected to Bush Administration drug labeling regulations that would preempt state liability lawsuits, asserting that the central justifications for the regulations were 'false and misleading' and warning that the changes would deprive...
News Release
9/23/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912 - cell
Schwarzenegger Must Keep His 'State of the State' Promise to Protect All Californians By Signing Legislation Los Angeles, CA -- New legislation awaiting Governor Schwarzenegger's signature is needed to protect Californians from future cancellations of coverage when they get sick and need coverage the most, said Consumer Watchdog.  Watch an...
News Release
4/21/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, ext. 305, or cell 213-280-0175
Consumers, Economy Are Buckling Under Gasoline and Diesel Price Records As Government Stays Mum The 16-cent national rise in gasoline prices over two weeks, to more than $3.50 a gallon on average, is busting family budgets and threatening a further downward spiral in the economy, said Consumer Watchdog. The price crisis is far worse than it was...