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Jul 31, 2015, 15:56 ET

Ad Association Misses The Point Of Right To Be Forgotten, Says Consumer Watchdog; Public Interest Group Says Consumer Privacy Protections Are Not Censorship

Consumer Watchdog today said an advertising association's letter to the Federal Trade Commission misunderstands the Right To Be Forgotten and added...

Jul 30, 2015, 14:23 ET

Refiner Valero's Second Quarter California Profits 10X Higher Than Same Quarter Last Year Due to Market Manipulation and Gasoline Price Spike, Says Consumer Watchdog

Valero reported $294 million in second quarter California profits, more than ten times higher than the same quarter last year when the Texas...

Jul 28, 2015, 15:57 ET

Study Shows Requiring Prescription Drug Database Use Before Prescribing Powerful, Addictive Medications Critical In Ending Growing Epidemic, says Consumer Watchdog

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kentucky's dramatic decline in prescription drug abuse and doctor shopping after a...

Jul 27, 2015, 19:23 ET

Covered California Announces Rate Increases for 2016; Consumers Should Consider "Hidden Premium" From Narrow Networks, High Deductibles, When Shopping For Insurance Says Consumer Watchdog

 Consumers should review new health insurance policies closely for "hidden premiums," including narrow provider networks, high deductibles and...

Jul 27, 2015, 09:00 ET

U.S. Public Interest Group Warns European Commission About Apple's Dominance of Streaming Music; Calls For Limiting Apple Tactics To Drive Out 'Freemium' Music

The U.S. public interest group Consumer Watchdog today wrote European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager asking the Commission to...

Jul 22, 2015, 09:00 ET

Consumer Watchdog Warns Federal Regulators About Apple's Dominance of Streaming Music; Calls For Limiting Apple Tactics To Drive Out 'Freemium' Music

 The nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog today wrote the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Justice Department asking them to investigate...

Jul 21, 2015, 14:28 ET

California Lags Behind On Requiring Physicians To Check Database Before Prescribing Powerful, Addictive Medications As New Jersey Becomes Tenth State To Make It Mandatory, Says Consumer Watchdog

 New Jersey has become the tenth state that requires physicians to check a state prescription database before prescribing the most addictive...

Jul 20, 2015, 21:02 ET

Google Trims 2nd Quarter Spending, But Still Leads Tech Firms' Lobbying Expenditures; Facebook posts Record $2.69 Million While Amazon Outlay Soars 103 Percent, Says Consumer Watchdog

Google trimmed its spending on lobbying in the second quarter by 13 percent to $4.62 million, according to disclosure forms filed today with the...

Jul 15, 2015, 16:22 ET

Consumer Watchdog Says Director of Top Toxics Regulator Should Not Be Confirmed in Wake of Exide Mismanagement, Refusal to House Clean Agency

The Senate should not confirm Barbara Lee as Director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) based on her handling of serial polluter...

Jul 15, 2015, 14:00 ET

Father Of Woman Whose Graphic Crash Photos Remain Linked To Internet Search Results Joins Consumer Watchdog's Call To Offer 'Right To Be Forgotten' In U.S.

The father of a California woman whose family name remains linked in Internet search results to graphic leaked police photos of her fatal car...

Jul 13, 2015, 19:00 ET

Oil Refiner Profiteering Behind Huge Gasoline Price Run-up; Watchdog Questions Exports of Fuel To South and Central America

Consumer Watchdog today said the recent sixty cents increase at Southern California gasoline pumps is the result of profiteering by California oil...

Jul 09, 2015, 13:45 ET

Californians Overcharged $4.5 Billion For Gasoline "Gouging Gap" Since Price Spike Began; Gas Prices Set To Climb Even More, Says Consumer Watchdog

Californian drivers, who have paid an average of 74 cents more per gallon at the pump than drivers nationwide, have shelled out $4.5 billion more...

Jul 08, 2015, 13:09 ET

Consumer Watchdog Backs Consumer Privacy Protection Act Introduced By Rep. Cicilline

Consumer Watchdog strongly supports the Consumer Privacy Protection Act introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. David N....

Jul 07, 2015, 09:00 ET

Google's Failure To Offer 'Right to Be Forgotten' In United States Is Unfair And Deceptive, Consumer Watchdog Tells Federal Trade Commission In Complaint

Google's failure to offer U.S. users the ability to request the removal of search engine links from their name to information that is inadequate,...

Jun 30, 2015, 12:58 ET

Consumer Watchdog Presents Evidence To Attorney General & State Of Oil Refiners' Unprecedented Market Manipulation To Artificially Raise Gas Prices

At a meeting of the state commission charged with investigating gas price manipulation, Consumer Watchdog delivered an analysis showing that since...

Jun 25, 2015, 16:25 ET

Lawmakers Should Withdraw Excessive Initiative Filing Fee Hike After Court Decision Makes Proposal's Reason Moot, Says Consumer Watchdog

Consumer Watchdog today urged Assemblymembers Evan Low, D-Campbell, and Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, to withdraw a proposal that would hike the...

Jun 23, 2015, 14:16 ET

California Only State In Nation To Delay Public Disclosure Of Proposed 2016 Rates; Consumer Watchdog Calls For Proposed Rate Hike Release

 Covered California has successfully lobbied the federal government to delay public disclosure of qualified health plan rate change proposals...

Jun 22, 2015, 16:07 ET

Santa Monica, San Francisco Plans To Demand Private Information from Home Sharing Sites Unconstitutional After Supreme Court Rules Today That Warrants Are Required For Hotel Registry Information, Says Consumer Watchdog

A U.S. Supreme Court decision today striking down a Los Angeles Ordinance allowing police to check guest registries at motels and hotels at any...

Jun 18, 2015, 16:58 ET

Consumer Watchdog: California DMV Changes Policy; Now Will Release Robot Car Accident Reports

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has reversed its policy and today said it would release accident reports about crashes involving...

Jun 18, 2015, 16:01 ET

Consumer Watchdog: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Recommends Mandatory Use of State Prescription Drug Databases to Reduce Injury Deaths; California Bill, SB 482, Would Require California Doctors to Use State System

A California bill will implement the recommendation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's injury prevention report card that states require...