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21 Jun, 2017, 15:26 ET Consumer Watchdog Petitions Commissioner to Stop Travelers Insurance from Overcharging Small Business Owners

Consumer Watchdog has filed a petition challenging the insurance rates that two companies in the Travelers Group want to charge small businesses....


14 Jun, 2017, 12:09 ET Unregulated Robot Cars Pose Unprecedented Risks and Costs, Consumer Watchdog Report Warns

Robot cars operating without mandatory safety, security, privacy and ethical standards will pose unprecedented risks to the American public,...


13 Jun, 2017, 13:18 ET 80 Public Interest Groups Say U.S. House Bill Would Take Away Rights of Patients Harmed by Medical Negligence, Dangerous Prescription Drugs and Defective Medical Devices

Consumer Watchdog joined 80 public interest groups in opposition to a bill the U.S. House will vote on Wednesday that would strip away the rights...


07 Jun, 2017, 16:38 ET Google Executives Rebuff Plea to Change Internet Law Consumer Watchdog Claims Shields Web Sites Accused of Facilitating Child Sex-Trafficking

Alphabet Inc., parent company of Google, today refused to back a change in Internet law that would enable victims to hold websites that...


26 May, 2017, 09:00 ET Proposed Law Would Allow New Yorkers to Tell the Internet, "Fuhgeddaboudit"

Consumer Watchdog today endorsed a proposed bill in the New York State Assembly that would provide the so-called "Right To Be Forgotten," allowing...


24 May, 2017, 16:40 ET State Ethics Commissioners Asked to Compel Witness Interviews In Complaints Against McFadden and Maviglio For Owning Fracking Shares and Stopping Fracking Ban In CA, reports Consumer Watchdog

Consumer Watchdog today called on the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to reject staff recommendations for minor fines against the...


23 May, 2017, 09:00 ET Consumer Watchdog Calls on Tech Firms to Support Change in Internet Law So Child Sex Trafficking Websites Can Be Held Accountable; Congress Focuses on Trafficking Issue This Week

Consumer Watchdog today called on tech companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, to support amending a key...


11 May, 2017, 17:43 ET CA Supreme Court Rebuffs Insurance Industry Assault on Proposition 103 Rate Protections, Says Consumer Watchdog

The California Supreme Court has rebuffed an assault by Mercury Casualty Co., State Farm, Allstate, Farmers and other insurance companies on...


08 May, 2017, 15:04 ET Bernie Sanders Calls On California and Trump To Embrace Single Payer Health Care At Consumer Watchdog's Rage for Justice Awards, Decries ACA Repeal - Video Available

United States Senator Bernie Sanders Saturday night called on California to take the lead in healthcare reform and pass a bill that would provide a...


04 May, 2017, 12:00 ET Public Interest Groups Urge Senate To Deny Gov's Point Man Confirmation To PUC After He Fired Tough Oil Well Safety Regulators

Public interest advocacy groups Consumer Watchdog, Food & Water Watch, Rootskeeper, Save Porter Ranch, and public interest attorneys Aguirre...


02 May, 2017, 14:44 ET Consumer Watchdog: Hartford Life Sued For 'Bad Faith' Over Pricing Consumers Out of their Life Insurance After Becoming Disabled

California consumers are being priced out of their life insurance policies once they become disabled resulting in the loss of valuable coverage,...


27 Apr, 2017, 12:49 ET Consumer Watchdog Files Complaint with FTC over Uber's Unfair and Deceptive Tracking; Transportation and Technology Firm Followed Users Even After App Was Deleted from Device

Consumer Watchdog today filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that Uber Technologies had deceptively tracked users of...


25 Apr, 2017, 13:58 ET Consumer Watchdog Tells California DMV Proposed Robot Car Deployment Rules Are Premature; Group Says Regulations Must Wait For Federal Safety Standards

Regulations proposed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles covering the deployment of robot cars are "premature and irresponsible"...


05 Apr, 2017, 16:40 ET Consumer Watchdog Calls On Insurance Commissioner To Investigate If Auto Insurers Are Violating CA Insurance Reform Proposition 103 By Pricing Based On Zip-Code

An analysis released today by non-profit journalists at ProPublica finds that four auto insurance companies in California mark up prices by as much...


04 Apr, 2017, 16:28 ET Former NHTSA Chief Rosekind's Move to Robot Car Company Zoox Calls Agency's Self-Driving Policy Guidance into Question, Consumer Watchdog Says

The credibility of autonomous vehicle policy issued last year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was completely undermined when...


03 Apr, 2017, 18:01 ET Big Oil Should Pay New Gas Tax Out Of Windfall Profits, Not Consumers, Consumer Watchdog Tells California Legislature

Governor Jerry Brown's gas tax to fix roads should come out of oil companies' windfall profits and not out of consumers' wallets, Consumer Watchdog...


29 Mar, 2017, 14:45 ET Consumer Watchdog Challenge to Farmers Insurance Rates Ends with Rate Cuts for Renters

Following Consumer Watchdog's challenge to excessive rate hikes proposed by Farmers Insurance Group for 1.2 million renters, homeowners, and condo...


27 Mar, 2017, 19:11 ET Uber's Arizona Crash Highlights Need for Company to Accept Responsibility When Robot Driving Technology Fails, Consumer Watchdog says

A crash involving an Uber robot car in Arizona shows the need for Uber to take the Safe Autonomous Vehicles (SAVe) Campaign pledge and agree to...


24 Mar, 2017, 09:00 ET Governor Jerry Brown Slams Trump Administration For Putting Interests Of Big Oil Ahead of Clean Air, Even As He Does The Same Thing In California

California Governor Jerry Brown has put the interests of Big Oil first in California though he criticized Trump's EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt...


20 Mar, 2017, 14:26 ET Consumer Watchdog Asks California Attorney General to Investigate Amazon Pricing Practices After Study Reveals Consumers Are Misled by "Discounts" that Don't Exist

Consumer Watchdog today petitioned the California Attorney General to investigate Amazon, the gargantuan online retailer, for misleading consumers...


10 Mar, 2017, 15:00 ET New Proposed DMV Robot Car Rules Weaken Safety Protections, Consumer Watchdog Warns; Public Interest Group Asks Department to Begin Immediate Rulemaking To Cover Robot Trucks

New regulations formally proposed today by the California Department of Motor Vehicles covering deployment of robot cars and testing of...


08 Mar, 2017, 18:37 ET California DMV Grants Uber Permit to Test Robot Cars in State; Consumer Watchdog Warns Cars Shouldn't Carry Passengers While Being Tested

Uber today received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test its robot cars in the state and Consumer Watchdog warned that...


08 Mar, 2017, 16:12 ET Robot Cars Pose Unprecedented Risks to Consumers, Consumer Watchdog Tells CA Senate Committee

"Self-driving" vehicles will pose unprecedented safety, security, and privacy risks, and insurance companies and auto makers will try to shift the...


27 Feb, 2017, 12:00 ET Medical Board Oversight of California Doctors Remains Broken, Consumer Watchdog Will Testify Today at Legislative Hearing into Board's Future

Physician oversight remains broken four years after a legislative review committee considered shutting down the Medical Board of California if it...


23 Feb, 2017, 12:33 ET Sen. Edward J. Markey, Public Interest Groups Oppose Congressional Plan to Kill Privacy Protections for Internet service customers, announces Consumer Watchdog and other special interest groups

What: Sen. Edward J. Markey and representatives from five public interest groups will speak in opposition to Congressional plans to use the...