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11/17/2011
KTVU TV-2 story: Blue Cross Sued By Consumer Watchdog for Breach Of Contract
Blog Post
11/17/2011
By Doug Heller
Does your bank charge you extra on your monthly car or mortgage loan payments for insurance that the bank bought? Do you even know if it’s happening? Most people insure their homes and cars, but banks sometimes buy an additional policy without asking the owner, adding the costs to the monthly car or home loan payment. Sometimes the...
Video
11/17/2011
Consumer Watchdog attorney Jerry Flanagan discusses why they have announced a class action lawsuit against Blue Cross, which is accused of charging policy holders new fees half way through their annual contract.
Video
11/17/2011
Consumer Watchdog attorney Laura Antonini discusses why they have announced a class action lawsuit against Blue Cross, which is accused of charging policy holders new fees half way through their annual contract.
News Release
11/16/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA -- A political committee funded by Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph is reportedly submitting signatures for a November 2012 ballot measure that will reprise the company’s failed effort to enact auto insurance surcharges with Proposition 17, which Californian’s rejected in June 2010. The Mercury initiative...
News Release
11/3/2011
CONTACT Pamela Pressley
Santa Monica, CA —DIRECTV reported net profit of $516 million for the 3rd Quarter of 2011, bringing its net profit to $1.89 billion for the first 9 months of the year and putting the company on track to top its record 2010 profit of $2.3 billion. DIRECTV’s profits come at the expense of its customers who are assessed hefty “...
Blog Post
10/18/2011
By Jamie Court
After spending some time at Occupy LA last week, and seeing the worldwide protests the occupation inspired this weekend, I have a firm sense that the cold of winter will not freeze the passion at the heart of the movement.   This is no flash mob. It's a movement about occupying space to stand against gross inequality, pitching a...
Blog Post
10/14/2011
By Judy Dugan
OilWatchdog and other critics of commodity speculation have long said that rampant speculation in oil futures markets  has hurt families, cost jobs and kept the U.S. economy teetering on the edge of recession. Energy analyst Mark Cooper of the Consumer Federation of America, in a nailed-down new study, finds that speculators are adding...
News Release
11/8/2006
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Southern California – Santa Monica voters upheld the strongest conflict of interest law in the nation yesterday, which bans politicians from taking kickbacks from people who do business with the city. Pasadena voters overwhelmingly approved a proposition to expand an identical good government law. 53% of Santa Monicans rejected the city...
News Release
9/2/2005
CONTACT Jamie Court, Doug Heller & Tim Hamilton
Santa Monica, CA -- The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights applauded the move today by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer to subpoena oil company executives and investigate gasoline price gouging allegations. Yesterday FTCR issued a report finding oil company profiteering caused the recent gasoline price spikes in California. The...