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News Release
6/28/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The ballot measure to require health insurance companies to get approval before raising their rates narrowly missed qualifying for November’s ballot by Thursday’s deadline, receiving 109% of the signatures necessary to qualify on a random sample verification rather than the required 110%. Elections officials...
News Release
6/28/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Washington, DC & Santa Monica, CA – Today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act and its mandate that individuals purchase health insurance makes rate regulation the next essential phase of health reform, said Consumer Watchdog today. Consumer Watchdog praised the court for requiring...
News Release
6/19/2012
CONTACT John M Simpson & Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – In an opinion piece published in POLITICO today, Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court and John M. Simpson compare the treatment of News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch – who was called before Parliament in Britain to answer for hacking into the private phone records of families – and the kid glove treatment Google CEO...
Blog Post
6/15/2012
By Carmen Balber
Yesterday I helped arrange a meeting with Hilda Sarkisyan, a Consumer Watchdog Hall of Famer, and health insurance industry whistleblower and Deadly Spin author Wendell Potter, with Senate staff on Capitol Hill. Hilda's 17-year-old daughter Nataline died after her insurance company CIGNA refused to pay for a potentially life-saving...
Blog Post
6/11/2012
By John M. Simpson
Fifty years ago then President Kennedy spelled out what he considered four basic consumer rights.  Over the years four more were added. Now FTC Commissioner Julie Brill says its time to include another: Privacy. She made her case speaking to the Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD), which I attended last week in Washington, DC. On the...
News Release
5/30/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA –Google’s driverless cars should not be allowed on U.S. highways unless adequate privacy protections for users of the new technology are implemented, Consumer Watchdog said today. The nonpartisan, nonprofit group urged the California Assembly to defeat a bill, SB 1298, that would allow Google’s driverless cars...
News Release
5/21/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the European Commission’s finding that Google’s business practices may violate antitrust law, but predicted that the Internet giant will not offer meaningful remedies voluntarily.  The nonpartisan, nonpartisan group said antitrust officials on both sides of the Atlantic...
News Release
5/16/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today welcomed an investigation by Sen. Charles Grassley, (R-Iowa) into Google’s use of NASA’s Moffett Federal Airfield in Santa Clara County, California, near Google headquarters. Grassley, ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote Charles F. Bolden Jr., NASA Administrator,...
News Release
5/4/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Trade Commission appears ready to fine Google millions of dollars for hacking around privacy settings on iPhones and iPads.  Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint in February with the FTC after Stanford Researcher Jonathan Mayer revealed what the Internet giant was doing. Sara Forden of Bloomberg News...
News Release
5/2/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today filed a Freedom Of Information Act Request with the Federal Communications Commission seeking all documents related to the Commission’s investigation of the Google Wi-Spy scandal. So far only the FCC’s Notice of Apparent Liability For Forfeiture has been made public.  It ordered...