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Jan 26, 2015, 17:23 ET

Verizon's "Supercookies" Demonstrate Need For FCC To Ensure Privacy Protections Are Maintained When It Issues New 'Net Neutrality Rules, Consumer Watchdog says

Verizon's use of "Supercookies" underscores the need for the Federal Communications Commission to maintain privacy and consumer protections as it...

Jan 26, 2015, 09:00 ET

Consumer Watchdog Calls On FCC To Ensure Consumer And Privacy Protections Are Maintained When Commission Issues New 'Net Neutrality Rules

 Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Communications Commission to ensure that vital privacy and consumer protections are in place...

Jan 21, 2015, 16:46 ET

Court Rejects Insurance Industry's "Free Speech" Challenge to Prop 103 Regulation, Says Consumer Watchdog

The Sacramento Superior Court has rejected an attack by Mercury and other insurance companies on state regulations that prevent insurance companies...

Jan 21, 2015, 14:35 ET

Google Spends Record $16.83 Million On 2014 Lobbying, Topping 15 Tech And Communications Companies; Facebook, Amazon, Apple Also Post Records, says Consumer Watchdog

Google spent a record $16.83 million on lobbying in its efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2014, just ahead of Comcast's...

Jan 15, 2015, 16:03 ET

Consumer Watchdog Welcomes Death Of Google Glass, Says Internet Giant Should Not Offer "Glass 2.0" Until Privacy Issues Are Solved

 Consumer Watchdog today welcomed Google's announcement that it would stop selling Google Glass, its privacy invasive wearable computing device...

Jan 15, 2015, 13:48 ET

Arrest of Substance-Abusing "Pill Mill" Doctor Shows Need for Mandatory Use of Prescription Drug Database, Says Consumer Watchdog

Bob Pack, who helped develop CURES, California's prescription drug database, today called upon the California Medical Board to support mandatory...

Jan 12, 2015, 15:41 ET

Mercury Insurance Fined $27.5 Million for Charging California Consumers Illegal Auto Insurance Fees, Says Consumer Watchdog

Mercury Insurance has been ordered by the California Insurance Commissioner to pay a historic $27.5 million penalty for willfully violating...

Jan 12, 2015, 15:24 ET

Private Clients Of Senator Hertzberg May Create Conflict Of Interest With Public Duties And Must Be Disclosed, Says Consumer Watchdog

State Senator Robert Hertzberg (San Fernando Valley) must disclose the clients he represents at his second job with a Los Angeles law firm to...

Jan 12, 2015, 14:45 ET

Consumer Watchdog Warns Obama Not To Undercut Strong State Data and Privacy Laws

 Consumer Watchdog today welcomed President Obama's attention on consumer privacy and data breach issues, but cautioned that legislation he...

Jan 12, 2015, 13:49 ET

Sacramento Judge Rejects Boeing's Bid to Demolish and Dispose of Radioactive Waste Without Accountability, Says Consumer Watchdog

Sacramento Superior Court has denied Boeing's motion for summary judgment in a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lawsuit over the...

Jan 09, 2015, 15:28 ET

Court Tentatively Upholds Prop 103 Rule Prohibiting Auto Insurance Companies From Making Consumers Pay For "Branding" Advertising Such as Sporting Event Sponsorships and Naming Rights, says Consumer Watchdog

 In a tentative ruling today, the Sacramento Superior Court rejected an insurance industry attack on regulations that limit the amount of...

Jan 09, 2015, 14:51 ET

Consumer Watchdog Report Shows Keystone XL Will Raise American Gas Prices

 Following a Nebraska court's ruling that the Keystone XL pipeline can be built, the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog said the issue should be moot...

Jan 05, 2015, 14:26 ET

Consumer Watchdog Calls on Attorney General to Approve Daughters of Charity Sale to Prime Healthcare

 In order to keep a critical local hospital open in an underserved community, Consumer Watchdog joined neighborhood activists and the...

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...