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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...
News Release
7/30/2015
CONTACT Cody Rosenfield & Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA – Valero reported $294 million in second quarter California profits, more than ten times higher than the same quarter last year when the Texas refiner made $24 million. The most staggering increase came in per barrel profits. Last year the company made just 99 cents per barrel in California. This year that number reached $11...
News Release
7/28/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Kentucky’s dramatic decline in prescription drug abuse and doctor shopping after a 2012 law required providers to check a state database before prescribing powerful and addictive medications is yet more evidence that Californians need the same protections, Consumer Watchdog said today. Since Kentucky’s...
News Release
7/27/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Consumers should review new health insurance policies closely for “hidden premiums,” including narrow provider networks, high deductibles and climbing cost-sharing that can result in major unexpected medical bills, Consumer Watchdog said today. Health insurance rates released by Covered California today...
News Release
7/27/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- The U.S. public interest group Consumer Watchdog today wrote European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager asking the Commission to investigate tactics reportedly used by Apple to drive out “freemium” (commercial sponsored) streaming music and unfairly dominate the streaming music business. “Based on...
News Release
7/22/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court, Cody Rosenfield & Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Newly posted data from California oil refiners shows that record price spikes at the pump have translated to a record high return to the oil companies of $1.17 per gallon in May of 2015. The average amount that a refiner receives for a gallon of gasoline has been just 46 cents since 1999, according to the California Energy...
News Release
7/21/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court & John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- The nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog today wrote the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Justice Department asking them to investigate tactics reportedly used by Apple to drive out “freemium” (commercial sponsored) streaming music and unfairly dominate the streaming music business. “Based on information...
News Release
7/21/2015
CONTACT Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – New Jersey has become the tenth state that requires physicians to check a state prescription database before prescribing the most addictive medications. California’s prescription drug database is voluntary for prescribers. Signed by Gov. Chris Christie, the New Jersey law requires doctors and prescribers to consult...
News Release
7/20/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Google trimmed its spending on lobbying in the second quarter by 13 percent to $4.62 million, according to disclosure forms filed today with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, but still significantly outspent other tech giants. Google spent $5.29 million on federal lobbying in the second quarter of 2014 and $5.1...
News Release
7/17/2015
CONTACT Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Aetna is price-gouging consumers with an unjustified premium hike, its fourth in the past two years, according to regulators at California’s Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). The average 21 percent rate hike is yet one more example of why state regulators should have the power to reject unreasonable health...