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3/10/2011
On KGTV - ABC Channel 10 in San Diego, CA, Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court discusses why the spike in gas prices - especially in California - has nothing to do with civil unrest, and everything to do with profiteering.
Blog Post
4/11/2011
By Judy Dugan
The retiring CEO of health insurance company Aetna walked away with $72 million in total compensation for 2010 alone, after just five years in the job. That's on top of the $85 million CEO Ron Williams recieved in the previous five years--including $38 million in 2008. Every penny of that ultimately comes from the pockets of Aetna's...
Blog Post
6/17/2015
By John M. Simpson
The Federal Communications Commission looks like it means business when it comes to enforcing open Internet rules.  It just slapped AT&T with a whopping $100 million fine, one of the largest ever, for improperly slowing, or “throttling” Internet speeds for people who purchased what the company had described  as “...
Video
9/18/2011
Google's information monopoly extends from 70% of the search market to 95% of the mobile search market.  But Google refuses to respect our "Do Not Track" wishes. This 3rd installment of the animated "Don't Be Evil" series uses the Google's CEOs own words to satirize the company's mobile tracking practices...
Blog Post
8/23/2011
By John M. Simpson
Facebook apparently is beginning to understand that users of the social networking site care about their privacy and would like simple control over who can read which posts.  It took long enough, but new privacy controls announced Tuesday give users much clearer options. Whether the move is a response to the more friendly privacy controls...
Blog Post
6/13/2011
By Judy Dugan
Sometimes it takes just a couple of numbers to clarify a huge, complex issue--In this case, what to do about Medicare. Medicare costs are up 400% since 1969--scary, right? But private health insurance premiums in the same period are up 700%--nearly twice as scary.  In today's New York Times, economist and columnist Paul Krugman...
News Release
2/8/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog delivered a report today to a state panel finding that California’s largest oil refiners calibrated imports and exports of gasoline to artificially inflate gasoline prices during the first nine months of 2015, when gas prices were consistently $1 per gallon higher than the nationwide average. The report...
News Release
4/28/2015
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today said that a price spike of 28 cents per gallon at the pump over the last week was likely caused by a refinery outage or other refinery problems that the public is not privy to, and called on the California Senate to act.   The price of regular gas in California is now $3.44 per gallon, 89 cents...
News Release
7/17/2015
CONTACT Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Aetna is price-gouging consumers with an unjustified premium hike, its fourth in the past two years, according to regulators at California’s Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). The average 21 percent rate hike is yet one more example of why state regulators should have the power to reject unreasonable health...
Blog Post
8/17/2011
By Judy Dugan
FICO, the company that decides your credit score, is now predicting, for profit, whether you're likely to take your prescription drugs on schedule. No matter why FICO says they're doing it (insurance companies are their obvious clients) this is wrong in so many ways that it's hard to know where to start. For one thing,...