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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...


16 Feb, 2017, 09:00 ET Consumer Groups Propose 10 Steps FTC Must Take to Ensure Consumer Protection

Five public interest groups have joined in proposing 10 key steps to the Federal Trade Commission that they said the agency must take to ensure the...


14 Feb, 2017, 15:58 ET Anthem Consumers in California Discover Health Plans No Longer Provide Out-of-Network Coverage After End of 2017 Enrollment Period, says Consumer Watchdog

Consumers are just beginning to discover that Anthem eliminated coverage for out-of-network doctors now that the Affordable Care Act "Open...


13 Feb, 2017, 19:25 ET Court of Appeal Rejects Insurance Industry Challenge to Prop 103 Insurance Rate Protections, Reports Consumer Watchdog

In a published decision issued Friday afternoon, the California Court of Appeal in Sacramento has rejected a sweeping legal assault brought by...


08 Feb, 2017, 14:04 ET Consumer Watchdog Petitions CA Insurance Commissioner to End Job-Based Auto Insurance Price Discrimination By GEICO and Progressive

Consumer Watchdog has petitioned the Department of Insurance to reject GEICO's and Progressive's use of occupation in setting auto insurance rates....


08 Feb, 2017, 13:33 ET Consumer Watchdog Calls on California DMV to Stop Otto's Robot Truck Testing; Also Asks Agency to Revoke Uber's Self-Driving Car Registrations Because Firm Cannot Be Trusted

Consumer Watchdog today called on the Department of Motor Vehicles to revoke Otto's robot truck registrations and seek appropriate charges against...


06 Feb, 2017, 15:30 ET 12 Public Interest Groups Find Governor Jerry Brown Is Not So Green; Lays Blame for Excess CA Electricity At His Door

As Governor Jerry Brown's regulators race to reopen Aliso Canyon without knowing what caused the biggest methane leak in U.S. history, a...


01 Feb, 2017, 15:53 ET California Robot Car Disengagement Reports Show Technology Not Ready for Safe Deployment Without Human Driver Behind Steering Wheel to Take Control, Consumer Watchdog Says

Disengagement reports from companies testing robot cars on California's public roads released today by the Department of Motor Vehicles show the...


30 Jan, 2017, 09:00 ET Consumer Watchdog Calls on SF Mayor Lee to Direct City Police to Monitor Uber's Robot Cars as Vehicles Return; Asks Public to Note and Report All Violations by Renegade Company

Consumer Watchdog today called on San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to ask Police Chief Bill Scott to have police closely monitor Uber's activities as it...


26 Jan, 2017, 20:28 ET Court Once Again Denies State Farm's Attempt to Block Rate Decreases, Says Consumer Watchdog

This morning, Judge Katherine Bacal denied State Farm's request to block millions of dollars worth of insurance rate decreases from going into...


25 Jan, 2017, 13:21 ET Public Interest Advocates Urge CA Attorney General and LA City Attorney to Investigate Natural Gas Supply Manipulation To Justify Reopening Dangerous Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility

Consumer Watchdog, Food & Water Watch, and Bill Powers of Powers Engineering today urged CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra and LA City...


24 Jan, 2017, 16:14 ET Consumer Watchdog Report: Keystone XL Pipeline Would Increase Gas Prices While Bringing Few Jobs

As President Trump revived the Keystone XL Pipeline, Consumer Watchdog pointed to its 2013 analysis that found that the pipeline would increase...