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10/13/2011
By John M. Simpson
Remember the "Double Irish" and the "Dutch Sandwich?" Those are the nicknames for the schemes that Google uses to dodge about $1 billion a year in U.S. taxes by running profits through offshore subsidiaries and stashing the cash in tax havens like Bermuda. Bloomberg Reporter Jesse Drucker originally revealed a year ago how...
News Release
6/30/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC -- With no public discussion and on a voice vote, a task force of state insurance regulators with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) voted to endorse legislation that would cost consumers billions in higher health insurance premiums and lost rebates under the federal health reform law. Consumer Watchdog...
Blog Post
8/25/2011
By Carmen Balber
Email Sept1@consumerwatchdog.org for info and to RSVP.   The supposed economic recovery has proven to be little more than wishful thinking. National unemployment rates remain at 9.1%. Main Street America is in many ways worse off than it was when the economic crisis began after years of joblessness, home foreclosures, and drained...
News Release
12/10/2013
CONTACT Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – In a confidential email to hospital executives across California, the CEO of California’s hospital association Duane Dauner states the hospital lobby is poised to spend $60 million on its recently filed ballot measure for an “iron-clad protection initiative” that would make it “impossible for the...
News Release
3/13/2015
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog, the California-based non-profit that sued DIRECTV for abusive practices 7 years ago on behalf of overcharged consumers, hailed the Federal Trade Commission’s decision to take legal action against the satellite company for similar anti-consumer practices. And it said the FTC’s sister agency,...
Blog Post
10/6/2011
By Jamie Court
Occupy Wall Street has now drawn the attention of the labor movement, political cognoscente and the White House.  It’s an authentic movement, born of genuine financial distress and betrayal, which is why it is resonating with Americans and is sparking protests in cities across America. But can Zuccotti Park, the occupiers’...
Blog Post
2/15/2011
By Jamie Court
The largely peaceful revolution in Cairo and Americans’ celebration of it raises the question: What would it take to mount a peaceful revolution in America against the Wall Street and corporate powerhouses that have turned the government against the best interests of our people? In America, the corporation is king and the abuses of...
Blog Post
5/12/2011
By Carmen Balber
Health insurance premiums are increasing at a rate faster than medical inflation, especially in the volatile individual and small group markets, and worker incomes have not kept pace. The passage of the federal reform law triggered further outsized increases by insurance companies apparently seeking to establish high base rates in advance of the...
News Release
2/23/2015
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today that the retail price per gallon of gas in California has soared 53 cents between February 2, when Tesoro began shutting down its refinery in Martinez, through today. A regular gallon of California gasoline now costs an average of $2.96 a gallon. Consumer Watchdog has twice written state...
Blog Post
11/9/2011
By Jamie Court
We just filed our ballot initiative to make health insurance companies open their books and publicly justify, under penalty of perjury, proposed rate changes before they take effect. If we collect 504,760 signatures to qualify the measure, California voters will have the opportunity to vote on The Insurance Rate Public Justification And...