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News Release
2/25/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA—Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Trade Commission to act immediately against Google’s most recent privacy violation – sharing users’ personal information with apps developers – and said the penalties for violating a previous consent order should reach into the billions of dollars....
News Release
2/13/2013
CONTACT J. Robert Hunter, Birny Birnbaum & Doug Heller
Washington, D.C. -- Advocates at the Consumer Federation of America, the National Consumer Law Center, the Center for Economic Justice, Consumer Watchdog, the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project and the Center for Responsible Lending strongly oppose the decision of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) – the federal...
News Release
2/1/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson or Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog Friday outlined three priorities focused on consumer privacy that must be emphasized by the next chair of the Federal Trade Commission as Jon Leibowitz stepped down from the agency after four years on the job. "Jon Leibowitz made the FTC relevant to consumers during his tenure, though he fell far...
News Release
1/31/2013
CONTACT Laura Antonini
Orlando, FL -- Consumer lawsuits related to Hyundai’s misrepresentation of vehicle mileage moved a step closer to court today when a special panel of federal court judges meeting in Orlando, Florida held a hearing on a request by Consumer Watchdog lawyers to centralize all such lawsuits in a Southern California federal court. Acting in...
News Release
1/30/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson or Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog Wednesday called on the Federal Trade Commission to ask Congress to pass Do Not Track legislation because “the self-regulatory effort to design Do Not Track is virtually dead in the water.”   In a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz John M. Simpson, the nonpartisan nonprofit public...
News Release
1/23/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Google and Facebook continued to pump record amounts of money into their lobbying efforts during 2012 with Facebook’s spending soaring 318 percent in the fourth quarter, while Google’s was up 70 percent for the year.   “Google and Facebook would have you believe that they are different from other...
News Release
1/8/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson and Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Trade Commission to release the 100-page staff report on the 19-month Google investigation as the only way to “restore a modicum of public trust in the Commission’s ability to serve as an effective antitrust enforcer.”   “I call on you to release...
News Release
1/3/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal Trade Commission’s settlement with Google fails to end its most anticompetitive practice, Consumer Watchdog said today and the public interest group called on the Department of Justice and state attorneys general to press forward to end the Internet giant’s monopolistic behavior in search results....
News Release
12/18/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Justice to take over the ongoing federal antitrust probe of Google after the company’s chairman in a news interview equated it with antitrust poster child Microsoft in the 1990s. The Federal Trade Commission appears ready to conclude its 20-month investigation...
News Release
12/5/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – The nonprofit Commonwealth Fund reported today that insurance companies had boosted profits instead of passing on savings to consumers under provisions of the health reform law that require at least 80% of consumer premiums go to medical care instead of overhead. The report recommends rate regulation and additional measures...