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Apr 30, 2015, 16:47 ET

ALERT: California Gas Prices Up 37 Cents This Week; A Buck Over National Average, Driven By Refiner Shortages and Outages, Says Consumer Watchdog

The price of a gallon of regular gas in California spiked up another 40 cents this week and now stands at $3.59 a gallon at the pump due to fresh...

Apr 30, 2015, 15:32 ET

Consumer Watchdog Backs Consumer Privacy Protection Act Introduced By Sen. Leahy

Consumer Watchdog strongly supports the Consumer Privacy Protection Act introduced today by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy...

Apr 29, 2015, 17:27 ET

Failing Grades at California Hospitals Expose Lack of Patient Safety Safeguards, Says Consumer Watchdog

 Consumer Watchdog said today that the abysmal patient safety record of California hospitals exposed in a national report card highlights the...

Apr 28, 2015, 15:14 ET

California Gasoline Prices Spike 28 Cents In One Week, 89 Cents More Than USA; Consumer Watchdog Calls On CEOs For Answers

 Consumer Watchdog today said that a price spike of 28 cents per gallon at the pump over the last week was likely caused by a refinery outage...

Apr 28, 2015, 09:00 ET

CIGNA Discriminates Against HIV/AIDS Patients in Violation of the Affordable Care Act, Says Consumer Watchdog

 CIGNA, one of the nation's largest health insurers, is discriminating against patients with HIV/AIDS and attempting to circumvent the central...

Apr 27, 2015, 20:26 ET

Consumer Watchdog Praises Passage of Bill that Requires Physicians Check Prescription Drug Database Before Prescribing Powerful, Addictive Medications

 Consumer Watchdog today applauded a California Legislature committee for passing a bill that requires prescribers to check a state database...

Apr 24, 2015, 12:08 ET

Consumer Watchdog Calls On FCC And Justice Department To Block AT&T-DIRECTV Merger After Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal Unravels In Face of Stiff Opposition

Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the demise the Comcast -Time Warner Cable deal in the face of strong objections by federal regulators as a victory...

Apr 23, 2015, 15:27 ET

Privacy And Taxation Can Go Hand In Hand, Consumer Watchdog Tells San Francisco and Sacramento Lawmakers

Consumer Watchdog today called for amendments to proposals under consideration in San Francisco and in the California Senate aimed at regulating...

Apr 22, 2015, 18:27 ET

Anthem Overcharging Consumers Another $33 Million For Health Insurance; Has Imposed Unjustified Price Spikes Of $145 Million Since 2013, says Consumer Watchdog

Anthem Blue Cross has, once again, failed to justify a rate increase on consumers, overcharging policyholders $33 million that California's...

Apr 21, 2015, 15:18 ET

Google Spends Record $5.47 Million On 1st Quarter Lobbying; Comcast Outlay Soars 50 Percent To $4.62 Million While Amazon Posts 130 Percent Increase To $1.91 Million, says Consumer Watchdog

 Google spent a record $5.47 million on lobbying during the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 43 percent from $3.82 million in the...

Apr 20, 2015, 16:37 ET

California Sen. McGuire's SB 593 Would Provide 'Blank Search Warrant' To Cities, Invading Privacy Of Consumers Using Home Sharing Websites, Says Consumer Watchdog

Consumer Watchdog today said it opposes a California Senate bill that requires home sharing platforms like Airbnb to turn over customers' personal...

Apr 14, 2015, 18:13 ET

Consumer Watchdog Praises Europe's Planned Antitrust Charges Against Google

Consumer Watchdog today welcomed news reports that Europe's competition authorities plan to file formal antitrust charges against Google on...

Apr 14, 2015, 16:42 ET

"BLUE MAIL": Time Warner Cable Holding Dodgers Games Hostage to Anti-Consumer Merger, says Consumer Watchdog

Time Warner Cable is refusing to negotiate deals with other broadcasting companies that would allow southern Californians who do not subscribe to...

Apr 14, 2015, 09:00 ET

Consumer Watchdog Urges Europe To File Antitrust Charges Against Google

Consumer Watchdog today called on European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to file formal charges against Google in the European...

Apr 09, 2015, 12:00 ET

Californians Paid $1 Billion Extra for Their Gasoline Over National Average in March, Says Consumer Watchdog

Californians paid $1 billion extra for their gasoline over national average in March, according to an analysis of the latest government data by...

Apr 07, 2015, 15:56 ET

Irwindale City Officials Must Block Hazardous Waste Facility Alongside Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, Says Consumer Watchdog

 The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) approved a permit for a hazardous waste facility in violation of Irwindale's zoning rules,...

Apr 07, 2015, 12:49 ET

Consumer Watchdog Says California Petroleum Reduction Targets Needed To Stop Oil Company Price Gouging

The nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog said that California legislation being debated today to cut petroleum demand in half will radically reduce...

Apr 07, 2015, 07:00 ET

Child and Consumer Advocates Urge FTC to Investigate and Bring Action Against Google for Excessive and Deceptive Advertising Aimed at Children

Consumer Watchdog has joined a coalition of prominent children's and consumer advocacy groups that filed a complaint with the Federal Trade...

Mar 31, 2015, 14:25 ET

Tom Steyer and Consumer Watchdog Call On Legislators To Make Oil Company Executives Answer For February's $550 Million Gas Price Spike

Business leader, philanthropist and climate activist Tom Steyer and Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court asked California lawmakers to subpoena...

Mar 30, 2015, 17:46 ET

Consumer Watchdog Welcomes Senate Probe of FTC's Google Antitrust Investigation

Consumer Watchdog today welcomed plans by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to examine the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust investigation of Google that was...