Mon, 02/06/2023 - 10:23

Los Angeles, CA—After nearly a year of rulemaking and over 1,000 pages of public comments later, the country’s first dedicated data privacy agency on Friday approved regulations aimed at giving consumers unprecedented control over their private data.
 

Tue, 01/31/2023 - 10:54

Los Angeles, CA—Marathon Petroleum made 75 cents in profit per gallon off West Coast drivers in 2022, virtually doubling what it made the year before, strengthening the case for the California legislature to enact a windfall profits penalty.

Mon, 01/30/2023 - 09:12

Los Angeles, CA—Chevron’s profits report to investors Friday revealed it made 85 cents per gallon profit in California in 2022, more than doubling last year’s 37 cents per gallon profit and nearly doubling its historical average of 46 cents per gallon over the last twenty years.
 

Fri, 01/27/2023 - 10:39

Los Angeles, CA—Chevron reported earnings for the year of $35.5 billion, more than doubling last year's $15.6 billion, with financial data revealing the company also doubled its per gallon profits off consumers on the West Coast, Consumer Watchdog said today.
 

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 09:38

Los Angeles, CA—Valero raked in $11.5 billion in 2022 profits, beating its $930 million for the previous year by a dozen times.

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 16:27

Los Angeles, CA—80 environmental and public health advocacy groups have sent a letter of support to Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), author of legislation setting a price gouging penalty on refiners to be taken up in a special legislative session called for by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 13:21

Consumer Watchdog wrote Attorney General Rob Bonta and Los Angeles City Attorney Hydee Feldstein Soto to investigate the Southern California Gas Company for the doubling of its customers' natural gas bills. 

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 09:27

Los Angeles, CA—The state Oil & Gas Supervisor at the California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) has been relieved of his job against the backdrop of a 754% uptick in new oil drilling permits issued in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Wed, 01/11/2023 - 09:48

Los Angeles, CA -- A recent decision in a public records case brought by Consumer Watchdog against the California Department of Insurance could encourage more government secrecy and undermine transparency, according to the non-profit consumer group.
 

Mon, 12/19/2022 - 11:32
New California Privacy Protection Board Member Alastair Mactaggart.

 

Wed, 12/07/2022 - 11:34

Los Angeles, CA – The California Department of Insurance has approved a $268 million increase in auto insurance premiums for GEICO customers without following the public participation requirements of Proposition 103. Overall, the 6.9% rate hike will impact 2.1 million GEICO policyholders who face

Mon, 12/05/2022 - 09:29

Sacramento, CA — Leading consumer groups have written Governor Newsom to offer support for his plan to impose a windfall profits cap and price gouging penalty on oil refiners when their gas prices and refiner profits are abnormally high.
 

Thu, 12/01/2022 - 09:49

Los Angeles, CA— Patient advocates today will call on the Medical Board of California to reform a physician oversight process that shuts out patients, prioritizes secrecy and ultimately fails to adequately protect patients from doctors who cause

Wed, 11/30/2022 - 12:57

More than six in ten California voters support a proposal to impose a windfall profits cap and price gouging rebate on oil refiners for the abnormally higher gas prices and profits in the state, according to a poll conducted for Consumer Watch

Tue, 11/29/2022 - 09:09

Sacramento, CA -- California’s four big oil refiners more than doubled their average profit of the last 20 years from California during the recent gasoline price spikes, 

Thu, 11/17/2022 - 09:20

Los Angeles, CA—As a ban on permit approvals for oil drilling near vulnerable communities looms on January 1, oil drillers seeking to overturn the ban have received 86 permits for drilling closer to communities than the ban allows ahead of the deadl

Thu, 11/03/2022 - 11:03

Los Angeles, CA--With California’s five big oil refiner third quarter profits reports complete, a Consumer Watchdog review shows 

Tue, 11/01/2022 - 11:05

Los Angeles, CA—Oil refiner Phillips 66 posted 3rd quarter refining profits of $2.8 billion, accounting for more than half of its total quarterly profits of $5.3 billion.

Fri, 10/28/2022 - 11:31

Los Angeles, CA—Chevron posted refining profits of $2.5 billion dollars in the third quarter, almost doubling their haul from the same quarter the year before. Half that amount came solely from US refining operations, 

Thu, 10/27/2022 - 09:41

Los Angeles, CA— California’s third biggest oil refiner made a whopping $2.26 billion off refining gasoline, tripling its profit in the third quarter, after excluding special items.
 

Tue, 10/25/2022 - 10:04

Los Angeles, CA—Valero’s net income hit $2.8 billion for the third quarter of 2022, more than quintupling the $463 million reported for the same quarter last year. 
 

Tue, 10/25/2022 - 09:00

Los Angeles, CA—As California begins to finalize a groundbreaking privacy law this week, Consumer Watchdog is calling on the agency drafting regulations to tighten rules so users can take back their private data. 
 

Thu, 10/20/2022 - 09:01

Los Angeles, CA -- A review of oil refiner shareholder reports shows California oil refiners made an average of 32 cents per gallon annually from 2001 – 2021 compared to unprecedented profits of between 79 cents per gallon and $1.01 per gallon in the second quarter of 2022.
 

Tue, 10/18/2022 - 10:21

Los Angeles, CA—Fifty environmental and public interest groups wrote legislative leaders to back Governor Gavin Newsom’s call for a special legislative session to establish a cap on record California oil refiner profits.

Fri, 10/07/2022 - 13:21

Los Angeles, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today applauded Governor Newsom for calling a special session of the legislature to deal with price gouging at the gas pump and endorsing a windfall profits tax.
 

Thu, 10/06/2022 - 09:25

Los Angeles, CA — Pointing to windfall profits reported by California oil refiners to their investors, Consumer Watchdog issued a report showing that a windfall profits tax is needed to bring California gas prices under control and outlining how to structure the tax.
 

Mon, 10/03/2022 - 13:48

Los Angeles, CA — A landmark new package of laws expanding and reforming the broken bottle deposit system could increase consumer access to bottle deposit refunds if the rules are properly crafted.

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 10:45

Los Angeles, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today asked California Governor Gavin Newsom to call a special session of the California legislature to address the unprecedented, nearly $2 per gallon extra Californians are paying at the pump as opposed to US drivers.

Mon, 09/26/2022 - 10:18

Los Angeles, CA -- An HIV-Positive consumer has joined a federal lawsuit against pharmaceutical manufacturer Gilead Sciences in a complaint alleging unfair and anti-competitive behavior in violation of multiple states’ laws, according to an Amended Compla

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 11:32

Los Angeles, CA -- Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1783 to close a loophole in state law that allowed former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez to influence decision-making at the Department of Insurance without registering as a lobbyist.  

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 09:56

Los Angeles, CA – Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara should reject Allstate’s proposed $165 million auto insurance rate hike and its two-tiered job- and education-based discriminatory rating system, wrote Consumer Watchdog in a letter sent to the Commissioner today.

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 11:23

Los Angeles, CA -- The insurance industry’s use of algorithms and Artificial Intelligence to set premiums and determine who can get insurance coverage is a serious threat to Californians and a violation of California law, Consumer Watchdog will tell the Insurance Commissioner at a public meeting

Fri, 09/16/2022 - 13:39

Los Angeles, CA — California Governor Gavin Newsom took action to uncover why Californians are paying so much for their gasoline when he signed legislation today requiring oil refiners to disclose their profits from refining oil into gasoline monthly.

Wed, 09/14/2022 - 09:38

Los Angeles, CA — California’s gas prices at the pump are rising yet again just as gas prices are falling everywhere else, and the time has come to find out why, Consumer Watchdog said today.

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 14:59

Los Angeles, CA – California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara today submitted a long-awaited regulation for final approval that will require insurance companies to provide premium

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 09:11

Los Angeles, CA -- Consumer Watchdog and a coalition of nonprofits opposed preemption of California’s landmark privacy law in a letter sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today urging her to protect the rights of 40 million Californians.

Tue, 08/30/2022 - 14:05

Los Angeles, CA - A bill requiring oil refiners to disclose their per gallon profits monthly is now on Governor Newsom's desk, having passed out of the California Senate with a concurrence vote of 29 to 8. 

Tue, 08/30/2022 - 09:18

Los Angeles, CA -- A bill requiring oil refiners to disclose their per gallon profits monthly passed out of the California Assembly  by a vote of 42 - 23.  The legislation has already passed out of the California Senate by a vote of 22 - 4 and goes back for concurrence.

Mon, 08/29/2022 - 10:10

Los Angeles, CA — SB 1013 (Atkins), a bill expanding the bottle deposit system to include wine and distilled spirits, is also loaded with pork for major corporations that don’t need it, Consumer Watchdog and The Story of Stuff Project said today.
 

Wed, 08/24/2022 - 13:14

Los Angeles, CA -- Consumer Watchdog filed its final briefs in a California Public Records Act (“CPRA”) lawsuit against Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and the Department of Insurance.