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5/26/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today endorsed a proposed bill in the New York State Assembly that would provide the so-called “Right To Be Forgotten,” allowing people to request removal of material and search engine links from their name to information that is inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant, or excessive from...
News Release
5/24/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to reject staff recommendations for minor fines against the Governor’s top aide Nancy McFadden and the Democratic Party, and to reopen the cases and interview witnesses not contacted. The FPPC meets tomorrow to decide the matters. The...
News Release
5/23/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on tech companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Microsoft, to support amending a key Internet law so websites like Backpage.com that facilitate child sex trafficking can be held accountable by victims and state attorneys general. Consumer Watchdog’s call came at the...
News Release
5/17/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A coalition of anti-child sex trafficking and public interest groups, and the mother of a trafficking victim, today released a report detailing how a Google-funded campaign protects a law that shields a notorious hub of child sex-trafficking, Backpage.com, from any accountability for its activities. Google and the...
News Release
5/11/2017
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Supreme Court has rebuffed an assault by Mercury Casualty Co., State Farm, Allstate, Farmers and other insurance companies on Proposition 103, the landmark insurance reform law that has saved California consumers over $100 billion since voters passed it in 1988. The Court let stand a lower court ruling that...
News Release
5/8/2017
CONTACT Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- United States Senator Bernie Sanders Saturday night called on California to take the lead in healthcare reform and pass a bill that would provide a single-payer healthcare system. “The great state of California can send a message that will be heard all over this country, and all over the world if you pass single-payer...
News Release
5/4/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Public interest advocacy groups Consumer Watchdog, Food & Water Watch, Rootskeeper, Save Porter Ranch, and public interest attorneys Aguirre & Severson LLP, have urged the Senate Rules Committee not to confirm former aide to Governor Jerry Brown, Cliff Rechtschaffen, to the California Public Utilities Commission....
News Release
5/2/2017
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan - Consumer Watchdog & Travis Corby - Shernoff Bidart Echeverria LLP
Santa Monica, CA - California consumers are being priced out of their life insurance policies once they become disabled resulting in the loss of valuable coverage, according to a class-action lawsuit accusing Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company of “bad faith.” According to the lawsuit: “Consumers purchase life insurance...
News Release
4/27/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that Uber Technologies had deceptively tracked users of its app after people thought they had deleted it from their iPhone. “The Commission should not be surprised by Uber’s abuses. It is a renegade technology and...
News Release
4/25/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Regulations proposed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles covering the deployment of robot cars are “premature and irresponsible” Consumer Watchdog told the DMV, saying that they wrongly rely on non-existent federal safety standards. The nonprofit, nonpartisan group said that the proposed expanded...