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9/7/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised Tech giant Oracle for breaking ranks with the rest of the industry and supporting bipartisan Congressional efforts to amend a key Internet law so rogue websites like Backpage can be held accountable for facilitating child sex trafficking. CoStar Group Inc., a real estate technology company...
News Release
9/6/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- A bill covering autonomous vehicles that the House of Representatives rushed to pass today threatens highway safety and leaves a regulatory void rather than enacting necessary protections, Consumer Watchdog warned today. The bill, passed on a voice vote, under rules to expedite consideration, was being touted in some quarters...
News Release
8/30/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – News today that the New America Foundation shut down its Open Markets unit after the group expressed support of European antitrust enforcement action against Internet giant Google shows how Washington think tanks live in fear of incurring Google’s ire and losing their funding, Consumer Watchdog said. The nonpartisan...
News Release
8/29/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Los Angeles, CA -- The Los Angeles City Council should reject a recommendation by Fred Pickel, Director of the Office of Public Accountability at the LADWP, that the city back tunnels altering water diversions South from the San Francisco Bay Delta, and should fire him for once again favoring utility over ratepayer interests, Consumer Watchdog...
News Release
8/24/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog took the fight against Amazon’s deceptive pricing practices to the state level today after the Federal Trade Commission approved a $14 billion deal for the online retailing giant to buy Whole Foods. The nonpartisan nonprofit public interest group filed petitions asking 11 state attorneys general to...
News Release
8/23/2017
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA --  Public interest groups are urging the California Senate Rules Committee to demand answers about oil and gas well safety breaches from Governor Brown’s top oil and gas aide and to not confirm him to the Public Utilities Commission without them. The groups called upon Senate leader Kevin de Leon and the Committee not to...
News Release
8/21/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today backed a proposed city ordinance that would ban self-driving robot cars from the streets of Chicago unless the federal government enacts enforceable safety standards for autonomous vehicles. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group added that testing autonomous vehicles would be appropriate...
News Release
8/8/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Internet giant Google, which claims the motto “Don’t Be Evil,” is leaning on US lawmakers to oppose legislation fixing a key Internet law that shields websites enabling online child sex-trafficking, and would finally let victims hold rogue websites like Backpage accountable, Consumer Watchdog said today....
News Release
8/1/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—Sempra shareholders have profited wildly from the favorable decisions taken by Jerry Brown’s appointees since the Governor was elected, and his sister Kathleen Brown, a Sempra board member, has made more than $1 million in cash and stock since joining the board four years ago, Consumer Watchdog said today in a new...
News Release
8/1/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned that the tech industry is pressing the Trump Administration to adopt language in a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) deal that would protect websites like the notorious Backpage.com that facilitate child sex-trafficking.  The tech industry efforts come as Congress is...