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Aug 27, 2014, 17:43 ET

Consumer Privacy Groups Stress Opposition To Settlement In Google Privacy Suit

 Five consumer privacy groups today emphasized their continuing opposition to a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against...

Aug 26, 2014, 15:04 ET

Prop 46 Author Calls On ACLU To Explain Why It Says Doctors Are Not In Safety Sensitive Positions & Should Not Be Drug Tested, says Consumer Watchdog Campaign

 Responding to recent claims by the No On Proposition 46 campaign that doctors are not in a safety sensitive position, so they should not be...

Aug 26, 2014, 09:00 ET

Consumer Watchdog Calls On FCC To Reject $45 Billion Comcast - Time Warner Deal

 Consumer Watchdog has filed formal comments calling on the Federal Communications Commission to reject the proposed $45 billion merger of...

Aug 25, 2014, 16:17 ET

Advocates Call on Governor Brown to Side with Communities on Key Legislation Reforming Hazardous Waste Permitting

Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice today asked Governor Jerry Brown and California EPA Secretary Matt...

Aug 22, 2014, 15:40 ET

Field Poll Showing 69% Support for Proposition 45 Will Trigger Insurance Industry Ad Deluge, Says Consumer Watchdog Campaign

A Field Poll showing 69% public approval for Prop 45 means that consumers will almost certainly face an avalanche of deceptive insurance company...

Aug 19, 2014, 17:46 ET

Insurance Companies Give $45 Million To Fight Proposition 46; Rake In Profits As New Ads Threaten Doctors and Patients With Price Hikes, Says Consumer Watchdog Campaign

Medical malpractice and health insurance companies have given $45 million, or 77%, of the $58 million to the campaign against Proposition 46 as...

Aug 19, 2014, 17:29 ET
Aug 14, 2014, 14:57 ET

Kaiser's 40% Profit Growth Comes From Price Gouged Consumers Paying for Excessive Profits That Prop 45 Will Prohibit, says Consumer Watchdog Campaign

 Kaiser's announcement of a 40 percent increase in profits to $2.1 billion for the first half of this year is the latest in a string of hefty...

Aug 11, 2014, 17:19 ET

Prop 46 Requiring Physicians To Check Statewide Prescription Drug Database Can Save Up To $406 Million Annually, Says Consumer Watchdog Campaign

Proposition 46 can save California taxpayers up to $406 million annually by requiring doctors to check California's statewide prescription drug...

Aug 11, 2014, 14:09 ET

HealthNet 2nd Quarter Profits Up 4 Times Last Year's Returns, Says Consumer Watchdog

The report of HealthNet's $120.9 million second quarter profit, which is 4 times its 2013 second quarter profit, is yet another reminder, amid a...

Aug 08, 2014, 15:17 ET

Consumer Watchdog Calls on Governor Brown to Fix Top Toxics Regulator in Wake of Scathing State Audit

 Consumer Watchdog today said that the state audit uncovering $194 million that the Department Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) failed to bill...

Aug 07, 2014, 14:11 ET

Dr. Stephen Loyd, Who Survived Substance Abuse, Reveals How It Leads To Dangerous Medicine; Discusses Need For Doctor Drug Testing & Prop 46, Says Consumer Watchdog Campaign

Dr. Stephen Loyd, a recovering drug addict who at one point was taking oxycodone and 100 Vicodin pills a day while working with patients, joined...

Aug 06, 2014, 14:05 ET

Prop 45 Could Save Californians As Much As $1 Billion Annually On Health Insurance, Says Consumer Watchdog Campaign

Proposition 45 is projected to bring up to $1 billion per year – $612 per family – in savings to California consumers reeling from...

Aug 06, 2014, 09:00 ET

Consumer Privacy Groups Urge Obama To Propose Strong Privacy Law

Consumer Watchdog has joined with six other consumer privacy organizations in calling for President Obama to propose strong privacy legislation in...

Aug 04, 2014, 15:05 ET

No on Prop 45 Campaign Reports $37 Million Raised from Health Insurers; Amount is 3 Times the $12 Million Federal Refund Californians Just Got, says Consumer Watchdog Campaign

Six health insurance companies financing the No on Proposition 45 committee have donated $37.3 million through June 30, 2014 against the ballot...

Aug 04, 2014, 15:04 ET

Prop 46 Author and Consumer Advocate Call Upon CA Medical Association To Come Clean About Doctor Drug Testing, says Consumer Watchdog Campaign

The author of California's patient safety ballot measure Proposition 46 and a consumer advocate supporting the campaign called upon the California...

Jul 31, 2014, 15:13 ET

Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Health Insurance Companies Facing Prop 45's Protection Against Rate Hikes Temper Premium Hikes For Covered California… What About Next Year?

Consumer Watchdog Campaign said that the smaller than usual rate hikes announced by Covered California today are good news for consumers and...

Jul 30, 2014, 18:12 ET

Who is Watching WellPoint's Profits? Proposition 45 Will Provide Accountability, says Consumer Watchdog Campaign

The Proposition 45 campaign today said that WellPoint's massive $731.1 million second quarter profit underscores the need for Proposition 45's...

Jul 30, 2014, 17:10 ET

Highly Profitable Malpractice Insurers Bankroll Big Dollar Campaign Against Prop 46, Says Consumer Watchdog Campaign

The medical malpractice insurance industry and hospitals are the biggest force bankrolling the campaign against a patient safety initiative on the...

Jul 24, 2014, 14:13 ET

Consumer Watchdog Campaign: CA Medical Board Says Record High Number of Doctors Disciplined for Substance Abuse

 A record high 46 doctors were disciplined for substance abuse last year according to a report prepared for a meeting of the California Medical...