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8/20/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to amend its Autonomous Vehicle Regulation to require that police investigate any crashes of robot cars being tested on public roads. In addition the DMV should require that any data and video gathered by a robot car just before and during a...
News Release
8/18/2015
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today asked NASA’s Inspector General to end a special NASA-Google deal to test unmanned drones over private land because it gives the Internet giant an unfair market advantage over competitors, and because the benefits to taxpayers are unclear. “NASA should suspend this special arrangement with...
News Release
8/17/2015
CONTACT Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today it was disappointed that the California Senate passed AB 1100, by Evan Low, D-Campbell, and Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, and decided that hiking the ballot initiative filing fee to $2,000 from $200 was more important than protecting the public’s right to direct democracy. Prompted by an...
News Release
8/10/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Justice to block the proposed $1.3 billion merger of online travel agents Expedia and Orbitz “to maintain vital competition that ensures fair prices for consumers.” “The proposed deal would give the combined company monopolistic control of the...
News Release
8/10/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s announcement today that it is creating a new holding company called “Alphabet” changes nothing about the company’s impact and challenges it poses for consumers, the nonprofit public interest group Consumer Watchdog said. “A rose by any other name is still a rose and Google by any...
News Release
8/5/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA — California has broken all records for the biggest gap between what consumers here have paid so far versus the rest of the nation for gas at the pump, Consumer Watchdog said today. Californians paid $1.2 billion more, after tax differentials, than the rest of the nation in the month of July, a record, and $4.8 billion more...
News Release
8/5/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Analysis of Tesoro’s earnings released today showed that the company made more California refining profit in the second quarter than ever in the company’s history. Based on the number of barrels the company refined in California, and the profits they made from each barrel, Consumer Watchdog calculates that the...
News Release
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...