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News Release
9/26/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- In a seminal decision for online privacy, a federal judge in San Jose, CA., today rejected Google's claims that wiretapping laws do not apply to its Gmail business and that consumers who email people with Gmail accounts have no legitimate expectation of privacy. In rejecting all but two of the Internet giant’s...
News Release
2/27/2015
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa, Monica CA—Gas prices have jumped up 80 cents a gallon in California since refinery shutdowns and slowdowns began on February 1, and 17 cents in Los Angeles overnight, making just announced California Senate hearings even more urgent, Consumer Watchdog said today. “There is just no good explanation for why consumers are paying...
Blog Post
7/12/2011
By Judy Dugan
Exxon is still fumbling to deal with a 42,000-gallon oil pipeline spill on the Yellowstone River west of Billings, Montana. Its initial response was pathetic–it was slow to turn off the gushing pipeline, had no plan for dealing with a spill in high water (i.e. every spring) and, most alarmingly, “misspoke” about how deeply the...
Legal Update
8/27/2011
Jerry Flanagan
Good news for Blue Cross consumers. Yesterday morning I drove up to Ventura to attend the final approval hearing in Consumer Watchdog's class action lawsuit against Blue Cross for illegally closing insurance policies and using big rate hikes to force patients into lower-benefit and higher-deductible health coverage -- known as the "death...
News Release
6/30/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court
Berkeley, CA --- At a meeting of the state commission charged with investigating gas price manipulation, Consumer Watchdog delivered an analysis showing that since the end of May California’s largest oil refiners have engaged in unprecedented price manipulation to keep California gasoline prices artificially high using their leverage over...
Blog Post
10/12/2011
By Carmen Balber
The New York Times reported today that health insurance companies in New York are fighting to keep the reasons for insurance rate hikes secret. State insurance regulators have demanded the companies open their books to the public. In typical form, insurers are challenging the rule. New York’s financial services superintendent got it just...
Blog Post
3/12/2011
By Jamie Court
The Los Angeles Times is reporting today that Blue Shield's premium hikes are hitting some policyholders with as much as an 86% premium increase.  If this outrage doesn't get even cynical California legislators to act, nothing will.  How can we afford insurance if an insurance company can raise rates at will by 86.5%!...
News Release
3/9/2015
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA —Exxon misrepresented its safety record at its Torrance refinery to lawmakers at a public hearing at Torrance City Hall last week, suggesting its February 18 explosion and fire was unique, and did not acknowledge how extensively the blast damaged its ability to supply gasoline, Consumer Watchdog said today. “The fact...
News Release
5/21/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA—Consumer Watchdog called on California’s United States Attorneys to investigate the unprecedented refinery outages driving California gasoline price spikes. In a letter, the nonprofit group presented circumstantial evidence that oil refiners may be manipulating gasoline supplies through shutdowns to drive pump prices...
News Release
5/4/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SACRAMENTO, CA – For the first time in American history a privacy proposal to give people the right to stop collection of their personal information online has passed a legislative committee. A bill that would give people the right to opt out of being tracked online passed its first hurdle in California as the Senate Judiciary Committee...