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4/9/2015
California drivers paid $1 billion extra at the pump in March, when compared to the national average gas price charged to U.S. drivers, according to an analysis of the latest government data by Consumer Watchdog.
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4/9/2015
Consumer Watchdog said refiners continued to reap a windfall in the wake of refinery shutdowns in February, driving prices at the pump artificially high, a situation exacerbated by low gasoline inventories in California.
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4/8/2015
  The new YouTube Kids mobile app targets young children with unfair and deceptive advertising and should be investigated, a group of consumer advocates told the Federal Trade Commission in a letter Tuesday. Scott Budman reports.
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4/8/2015
video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Consumer Watchdog released a report on Thursday, saying that Californians spent $1 billion more on gas than the rest of the country during the month of March.  The group says the price spike is due to a shortage of gas caused by two refineries going offline. One caused by a labor...
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4/8/2015
Several consumer groups are expected to file a complaint on Tuesday that asks the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google’s recently released YouTube Kids application, a portal for cartoons and learning shows, arguing that the app mixes ads and programming in ways that are deceptive to children.
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4/8/2015
Consumer Watchdog has joined a coalition of prominent children’s and consumer advocacy groups that filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission today requesting an investigation of Google, charging the company with unfair and deceptive practices in connection with its new YouTube Kids app.
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3/25/2015
“Oil refiners are gouging Californians by keeping the state running on empty so that when refineries go down gasoline prices shoot up,” said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog. “It’s time for the legislature to require that oil refiners keep another week of gasoline inventory on hand to avoid perennial price spikes...
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3/24/2015
At a California State Senate hearing on February gasoline price spikes, Consumer Watchdog issued a report finding that California oil refiners have about half as much gasoline on hand than the rest of America, creating a volatile market that leads to gasoline price spikes.
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3/24/2015
Consumer Watchdog's new report, “Price Spiked: How Oil Refiners Gouge Californians On Their Gasoline and What It Costs,” showed that Californians paid $550 million extra for their gasoline in February compared to drivers nationwide by calculating the difference between US and state prices and allotting for consumption.
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3/19/2015
State officials have stripped Blue Shield of California of its tax-exempt status, an exemption the nonprofit health insurer has held since its founding in 1939. The decision could put Blue Shield on the hook for tens of millions of dollars in state taxes each year.