CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Five consumer privacy groups today emphasized their continuing opposition to a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users’ search data because the proposed deal provides no benefit to class members. In a letter to Judge Edward J. Davila, the...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Prop 46 Author Calls On ACLU To Explain Why It Says Doctors Are Not In Safety Sensitive Positions & Should Not Be Drug Tested
CONTACT Bob Pack & Jamie Court
Danville, CA --- Responding to recent claims by the No On Proposition 46 campaign that doctors are not in a safety sensitive position, so they should not be drug tested, Proposition 46 proponent Bob Pack called on the leaders of the ACLU to explain their position. Prop 46 requires random drug and alcohol testing of doctors with hospital privileges...
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog has filed formal comments calling on the Federal Communications Commission to reject the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable because the deal “is not at all in the public interest.” “The consolidation of the largest cable television providers would create a media...
Advocates Call on Governor Brown to Side with Communities on Key Legislation Reforming Hazardous Waste Permitting
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Penny Newman
SANTA MONICA, CA –Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice today asked Governor Jerry Brown and California EPA Secretary Matt Rodriquez to reject an attack by the state’s top toxics regulator—the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)—on key reform legislation authored by Sen....
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Consumers Can Expect an Insurance Industry Ad Deluge in Response to Field Poll Showing 69% Support for Proposition 45
CONTACT Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog warned today that the 69% public approval rating in the latest Field poll for Prop 45 means that consumers will almost certainly face an avalanche of deceptive insurance company ads designed to scare and confuse voters. Health insurance companies have raised over $37 million against Prop 45 and are...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Insurance Companies Give $45 Million To Fight Proposition 46; Rake In Profits As New Ads Threaten Doctors and Patients With Price Hikes
CONTACT Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Medical malpractice and health insurance companies have given $45 million, or 77%, of the $58 million to the campaign against Proposition 46 as they rake in profits at the expense of doctor and patient policyholders, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today. The No on 46 campaign released its first ads this week, claiming...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Kaiser’s 40% Profit Growth Comes From Price Gouged Consumers Paying for Excessive Profits That Prop 45 Will Prohibit
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Rob Leonard
SANTA MONICA, CA – Kaiser’s announcement of a 40 percent increase in profits to $2.1 billion for the first half of this year is the latest in a string of hefty health insurer profit reports that illustrate why Proposition 45’s protections against price gouging are desperately needed, said Consumer Watchdog today. Proposition 45...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: HealthNet 2nd Quarter Profits Up 4 Times Last Year’s Returns - Prop 45 Will Protect Overcharged Consumers From Paying for Massive Health Insurer Profits
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The report of HealthNet’s $120.9 million second quarter profit, which is 4 times its 2013 second quarter profit, is yet another reminder, amid a slew of massive health insurer profit reports, of the need for Proposition 45’s protections from health insurer profiteering said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today....
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Prop 46 Requiring Physicians To Check Statewide Prescription Drug Database Can Save Up To $406 Million Annually
CONTACT Jamie Court, Carmen Balber & Lisa Cohen
SANTA MONICA, CA – Proposition 46 can save California taxpayers up to $406 million annually by requiring doctors to check California’s statewide prescription drug database before prescribing narcotics to first time patients, according to a report released by Consumer Watchdog today. Dr. Stephen Loyd, a recovering prescription drug...
Consumer Watchdog Calls on Governor Brown to Fix Top Toxics Regulator in Wake of Scathing State Audit
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today said that the state audit uncovering $194 million that the Department Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) failed to bill or collect from polluters could be the tip of the iceberg, and called on Governor Brown to appoint a new director committed to protecting Californians from toxic—and fiscal...