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4/15/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today welcomed news reports that Europe’s competition authorities plan to file formal antitrust charges against Google on Wednesday and added that the action should benefit Americans after the Federal Trade Commission’s failure to take decisive action against the Internet giant. “Google...
News Release
4/14/2015
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & John M. Simpson
Santa Monica, CA -- Time Warner Cable is refusing to negotiate deals with other broadcasting companies that would allow southern Californians who do not subscribe to TWC to watch Dodger games in order to leverage public support for its $45 billion merger with Comcast, Consumer Watchdog said today. Time Warner executives have said they are “...
News Release
4/14/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to file formal charges against Google in the European Commission’s ongoing antitrust investigation of the Internet giant. The nonpartisan, nonprofit U.S. public interest group said the former Competition Commissioner Joaquin...
News Release
4/9/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA --- California drivers paid $1 billion extra at the pump in March, when compared to the national average gas price charged to U.S. drivers, according to an analysis of the latest government data by Consumer Watchdog. The nonprofit consumer group said refiners continued to reap a windfall in the wake of refinery shutdowns in...
News Release
4/7/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
Washington, DC – Consumer Watchdog has joined a coalition of prominent children’s and consumer advocacy groups that filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission today requesting an investigation of Google, charging the company with unfair and deceptive practices in connection with its new YouTube Kids app.  The complaint...
News Release
4/7/2015
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) approved a permit for a hazardous waste facility in violation of Irwindale’s zoning rules, wrote residents and environmental advocates in a letter urging city officials to overturn the decision when the city council meets tomorrow. The used motor oil recycling plant...
News Release
4/7/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court & Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- The nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog said that California legislation being debated today to cut petroleum demand in half will radically reduce the price of fuel in California. The group pointed out that reducing demand for gasoline is a critical factor in blunting the oil company price gouging that Californians witnessed in...
News Release
3/31/2015
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA — Business leader, philanthropist and climate activist Tom Steyer and Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court asked California lawmakers to subpoena oil industry executives to explain why California’s gasoline market is structured for shortages and volatility.   The executives declined to testify at a March 24...
News Release
3/30/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed plans by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to examine the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust investigation of Google that was closed in 2013 without a lawsuit. After the Wall Street Journal earlier this month published portions of a 2012 FTC report recommending the Commission prosecute Google,...
News Release
3/24/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court, Liza Tucker & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- At a California State Senate hearing on February gasoline price spikes, Consumer Watchdog issued a report finding that California oil refiners have about half as much gasoline on hand than the rest of America, creating a volatile market that leads to gasoline price spikes. The report, “Price Spiked: How Oil Refiners Gouge...