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News Release
6/14/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Today’s federal appeals court ruling upholding the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules and saying broadband internet access providers can be regulated like telephone companies is a big win for consumers, Consumer Watchdog said, adding that the FCC must now rapidly enact important privacy...
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11/17/2015
Jamie Court with Consumer Watchdog asks whether self-driving cars are safe enough to put into public use.  
News Release
11/17/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog and the Consumer Federation of California today joined in calling on Sen. Barbara Boxer to ensure that the highway bill now before Congress protects consumers and their safety. The highway bill, known as The Drive Act, has been passed by both the Senate and and a Conference Committee is reconciling the...
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11/13/2015
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s flawed billing system overcharged ratepayers thousands of dollars. The agency is now dealing with the fallout in a proposed class-action settlement. But the settlement will not help certain ratepayers like Bradley Fagerstrom, who said he...
News Release
8/10/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Justice to block the proposed $1.3 billion merger of online travel agents Expedia and Orbitz “to maintain vital competition that ensures fair prices for consumers.” “The proposed deal would give the combined company monopolistic control of the...
News Release
7/31/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today said an advertising association’s letter to the Federal Trade Commission misunderstands the Right To Be Forgotten and added that consumer privacy protections are not censorship. The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) today sent a letter asking the FTC to reject Consumer Watchdog’s...
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5/2/2015
STOCKTON (CBS 13) — Seventy-eight year old Elizabeth Passage said the Social Security Administration wrongfully declared her dead. She was first alerted something was wrong when she was locked out her bank account. She then got a letter from her bank saying, “We are sorry to learn about the recent death of Elizabeth Passage....
Video
9/24/2013
Online reviews you read or write have a huge impact on businesses and reputations. So big in fact, companies are paying people to write fake reviews to influence online ratings. After a yearlong investigation, NY state officials caught 19 firms placing fake reviews. These are all fake. Some businesses in LA hope that a similar crackdown happens...
Blog Post
1/20/2013
Jamie Court
I recently read Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech to my young children and wondered what their dreams were for justice today. We live in a nation where they have a chance to be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.  As Consumer Watchdog embarks on a year of opportunity to change the...