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Dec 16, 2014, 14:48 ET

Privacy Alert: Consumer Watchdog Urges Public to 'Opt Out' of Cal INDEX Electronic Health Information Exchange

 Consumer Watchdog today urged consumers to opt out of the new electronic health information exchange, Cal INDEX, that is being set up by Blue...

Dec 15, 2014, 14:19 ET

Consumer Watchdog Report Calls On California Officials To Watch For Oil Company Production Cut Backs As Ploy To Raise Gas Prices & Undermine Cap and Trade

The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog released a report chronicling the tactics California oil companies are likely to use to undermine implementation of...

Nov 27, 2014, 09:00 ET

Consumer Watchdog Urges European Parliament To Approve Call To Break Up Google

Consumer Watchdog today urged the European Parliament to pass a resolution calling for the break-up of Google to end the Internet giant's...

Nov 26, 2014, 15:29 ET

California Supreme Court To Review Constitutionality of Medical Malpractice Damages Cap, says Consumer Watchdog

 The California Supreme Court said today it will review the constitutionality of the state's arbitrary 39-year-old damages cap of $250,000 in...

Nov 25, 2014, 17:02 ET

ABC Report Underscores Need For Better Public Disclosure, Audit of Medical Errors At Hospitals, Says Consumer Watchdog

Following an ABC News 10 investigation into over a thousand adverse events reported in 42 northern Central Valley hospitals, Consumer Watchdog...

Nov 24, 2014, 18:53 ET

CA Medical Board Must Investigate Drug Company Payments to Doctors Prescribing Psychiatric Drugs To Foster Children, Says Consumer Watchdog

Following a report that prescription drug manufacturers have paid or spent more than $14 million to doctors who prescribe drugs to children in...

Nov 21, 2014, 18:40 ET

Consumer Watchdog Praises European Parliament's Call To Break Up Google; Public Interest Group Proposed This Plan To End Search Dominance 4 Years Ago

 Consumer Watchdog today praised an expected call from the European Parliament to break up Google to end the Internet giant's monopolistic...

Nov 21, 2014, 16:36 ET

Consumer Watchdog Calls On Gov. Brown to Audit Reports Of Thousands of Medical Errors At Hospitals

 Following a report that thousands of medical errors were reported by California's hospitals in the last four years, Consumer Watchdog called...

Nov 20, 2014, 17:51 ET

New DTSC Director Says No Need to Reform Toxics Agency: Consumer Watchdog Urges Governor Brown to Fire Appointee or Have Her Apologize

 Consumer Watchdog urged Governor Brown today to rethink his appointment of Barbara Lee as the new director of the Department of Toxic...

Nov 20, 2014, 14:27 ET

Consumer Watchdog Asks California Supreme Court To Overturn Cap on Medical Malpractice Damages

Consumer Watchdog has joined the plaintiffs in Hughes v. Pham in asking that the California Supreme Court review the constitutionality of the...

Nov 13, 2014, 14:15 ET

Ten Things You Need to Know About Obamacare Open Enrollment But Were Afraid To Ask

Beginning on Saturday consumers may enroll in new health coverage or switch plans for 2015. Consumers should be cautious when choosing coverage...

Nov 13, 2014, 09:00 ET

Automakers' Privacy Principles Offer Little Real Protection, Consumer Watchdog Says

Consumer Privacy Protection Principles just released by two automakers' trade associations do little to protect consumers' sensitive data that is...

Nov 11, 2014, 17:00 ET

Doctors Charging Medicare Millions To Test Seniors for PCP, Says Consumer Watchdog

 Doctors are charging Medicare millions for apparently unnecessary tests of seniors for illegal drugs like cocaine and PCP according to a Wall...

Nov 10, 2014, 17:39 ET

Moffett Field Lease Deal Wrongly Rewards Google Execs' Longstanding Abuse, Says Consumer Watchdog

NASA's just announced lease agreement with a Google subsidiary to manage Moffett Federal Airfield wrongly rewards the Internet giant's executives...

Nov 05, 2014, 14:31 ET

Consumer Watchdog Statement In Response to Terrible Tuesday and the Defeat of Props 45 & 46

 $100 million spent by insurance companies against our two pro-consumer initiatives, coupled with an historic low voter turnout, was a recipe...

Nov 05, 2014, 01:36 ET

Statement by Bob Pack, Author of Proposition 46

 This news release is being distributed by Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Bob Pack, the author of Proposition 46 who lost his two children Troy...

Nov 04, 2014, 18:40 ET

CA TV Stations Take $100 Million From Insurance Companies Against Props 45 & 46 But Some Did Not Cover Measures, Says Consumer Watchdog Campaign

TV stations in a dozen California markets skipped coverage of consumer friendly Propositions 45 and 46, despite the fact that $100 million from...

Nov 03, 2014, 18:09 ET

Insurance Companies Spend More Than $100 Million Against Prop 45 and 46 Consumer Protections; Public Warned Of Deceptive Mailers and Advertising, Says Consumer Watchdog Campaign

 Consumer Watchdog today warned voters that insurance companies had spent more than $100 million on deceptive advertising opposing pro-consumer...

Nov 03, 2014, 16:44 ET

Regulators' $300 Million Penalty Against Hyundai and Kia for Misrepresenting Fuel Economy Does Not Compensate Aggrieved Consumers, says Consumer Watchdog

Consumers who purchased Hyundai and Kia cars based on the companies' misrepresentations about the fuel economy of several of their 2011, 2012 and...

Oct 31, 2014, 16:24 ET

Doctors That Harm: The Real Stories Insurance Companies Against Prop 46 Don't Want You To Know, Part 10 of Consumer Watchdog Campaign Series

Dr. Bergstrom was arrested based on a report of sexual assault after a night of drinking. During the trial, the prosecution produced an audiotape...