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7/1/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The news that a Tesla driving in autopilot mode was involved in a fatal collision is evidence that federal regulators need to go slow as they write new guidelines for self-driving cars, said Consumer Watchdog.   The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was expected to issue new guidelines for self-driving...
News Release
6/30/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA - The Wall Street Journal is reporting that major California oil refiners are receiving subpoenas related to manipulating the gasoline supply to raise gasoline prices in the state. Consumer Watchdog provided evidence to the California Attorney General’s office one year ago today that refiners were using their market leverage...
News Release
6/23/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The U.S. Department of Justice should heed today's recommendation by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and reject the proposed $37 billion merger of health insurance giants Aetna and Humana, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog said approving the merger would mean higher costs, reduced benefits and...
News Release
6/23/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today opposed SB 726, a California Senate Bill that would curtail the ability for critics to speak out against questionable business practices. The bill was introduced as gut and amend legislation by Sen. Ben Hueso. The Assembly Banking and Finance Committee will hold a hearing on SB 726 on Monday, June...
News Release
6/22/2016
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan & Edith Kallas
Santa Monica, CA -- Anthem, Inc.’s, affiliated health plans are expanding the ways in which their members can receive HIV/AIDS specialty medications and will no longer have a requirement that members obtain HIV/AIDS medications only by mail. Specifically, Anthem’s affiliated health plan members receiving HIV/AIDS specialty medications...
News Release
6/20/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Department of Managed Healthcare (DMHC) approved the merger of Aetna and Humana today, sanctioning unjustified rate increases and without requiring the insurer pass on any projected savings to consumers. Consumer Watchdog urged the U.S. Department of Justice, which has final merger approval authority, to...
News Release
6/16/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The U.S. Department of Justice should adopt today's recommendation by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and reject the proposed $50 billion merger of health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog urged Commissioner Jones to reject the merger in testimony at a March...
News Release
6/15/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
Washington D.C.—The “Privacy Best Practice Recommendations for Commercial Facial Recognition Use” that have finally emerged from the multistakeholder process convened by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) are not worthy of being described as “best practices.” In fact, they reaffirm...
News Release
6/15/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today said it opposes a proposed Los Angeles City ordinance that would require home sharing platforms like Airbnb to turn over massive amounts of personal information to the city on a monthly basis, because it would violate consumers’ privacy and is little more than a “blank search warrant”...
News Release
6/14/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – A California Assembly committee approved a bill today to begin reversing the opioid overdose epidemic and save lives. More people are lost in California to drug overdoses than any other state, and many of those family members testified to their loss today. The Assembly Business and Professions Committee voted 15-0 to approve...