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Sep 18, 2017, 13:21 ET Consumer Watchdog Kicks Off Campaign To Fire LADWP Ratepayer Advocate Fred Pickel; Launches "Can The Pickel" Video And Ratepayer Action Against Runaway Rates at Los Angeles City Hall Rally Today

Consumer Watchdog, Food & Water Watch, DWP ratepayers and other advocacy groups rally today in front of City Hall to urge the Los Angeles City...


Sep 14, 2017, 14:39 ET Consumer Watchdog Tells Google, Facebook Executives to Testify on Internet Law and Not Hide

Consumer Watchdog today called upon the executives of Google and Facebook to testify at a Senate hearing next week – rather than hide – and explain...


Sep 13, 2017, 18:21 ET Legislature Pulls Brown's Electric Deregulation Plan Ramrod After Public Backlash

A public backlash against Governor Brown's eleventh-hour attempt to give Western energy barons and Trump officials power over California's energy...


Sep 13, 2017, 16:32 ET Consumer Watchdog Praises 21st Century Fox for Backing Amendment to Internet Law to Stop Online Sex Trafficking; Tech Firms Oracle and CoStar Group Already Support Bipartisan Measure

Consumer Watchdog today praised 21st Century Fox for joining Tech giant Oracle and CoStar Group in supporting a bipartisan Congressional effort to...


Sep 12, 2017, 17:59 ET Governor Brown's Former Cabinet Secretary Secretly Lobbying for California's Grid Operator, With No Disclosure, To Ram Through Bill Jeopardizing California's Clean Energy Future, Consumer Watchdog Says

Governor Brown's former cabinet secretary, and former executive for Pacific Gas & Electric, Dana Williamson, is said to be lobbying in the...


Sep 12, 2017, 15:50 ET NTSB Finding That Tesla's Autopilot Played Key Role in Deadly Florida Crash Shows Need for Enforceable Federal Safety Standards; NHTSA Asleep at the Wheel, Consumer Watchdog Says

The National Transportation Safety Board's finding that Tesla's Autopilot shares the blame for a fatal crash with a truck in Florida last year...


Sep 12, 2017, 13:32 ET New Federal Robot Car Guidelines Threaten Highway Safety, Consumer Watchdog Warns

The new Federal autonomous vehicle policy released today poses a threat to highway safety, Consumer Watchdog warned and the nonpartisan nonprofit...


Sep 11, 2017, 16:34 ET Google Appears to Be Manipulating Its Search Engine Results to Defend Internet Law that Enables Sex Trafficking, Consumer Watchdog Finds

Internet giant Google appears to be manipulating its search engine results to favor opposition to bipartisan efforts seeking to amend a key...


Sep 11, 2017, 15:07 ET Watchdog Warns Gov. Brown's 11th Hour Western Grid Proposal Will Let Trump Gut CA Laws, Tells Legislature Reauthorization of De-regulation era Market Will Live In Infamy

Consumer Watchdog today wrote the California Senate that a proposal backed by Governor Brown for a regional electricity market would allow Donald...


Sep 08, 2017, 16:12 ET Equifax's Data Breach Response, Credit Monitoring Offer May Violate California Law, Consumer Watchdog Says; Group Calls for Attorney General to Investigate

Giant credit bureau Equifax's response to a data breach and its offer for free credit monitoring for victims may violate California law, Consumer...


Sep 07, 2017, 09:00 ET Consumer Watchdog Praises Tech Giant Oracle Support for Amending Internet Law to Stop Sex Trafficking; Challenges Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Yelp! to Act in Public's Interest

Consumer Watchdog today praised Tech giant Oracle for breaking ranks with the rest of the industry and supporting bipartisan Congressional efforts...


Sep 06, 2017, 15:31 ET House "Bipartisan" Robot Car Bill Threatens Highway Safety, Consumer Watchdog Warns

A bill covering autonomous vehicles that the House of Representatives rushed to pass today threatens highway safety and leaves a regulatory void...


Aug 29, 2017, 15:00 ET Consumer Watchdog Calls On LA City Council To Fire LADWP Ratepayer Advocate Based On His Backing Of Unnecessary Delta Tunnels As Last Straw In String Of Ratepayer Betrayals

The Los Angeles City Council should reject a recommendation by Fred Pickel, Director of the Office of Public Accountability at the LADWP, that the...


Aug 24, 2017, 13:08 ET Consumer Watchdog Takes Fight Against Online Giant Amazon's Deceptive Pricing to 11 States

Consumer Watchdog took the fight against Amazon's deceptive pricing practices to the state level today after the Federal Trade Commission approved...


Aug 23, 2017, 14:36 ET Public Interest Groups Urge CA Senate To Deny Gov's Point Man Confirmation To PUC After He Fired Tough Oil Well Safety Regulators & Weakened Safety Rules

Public interest groups are urging the California Senate Rules Committee to demand answers about oil and gas well safety breaches from Governor...


Aug 21, 2017, 11:30 ET Consumer Watchdog Backs Banning Robot Cars in Chicago Until Feds Act on Safety Regulations; Public Interest Group Says Testing Autonomous Vehicles OK with Test Drivers, Steering Wheels

Consumer Watchdog today backed a proposed city ordinance that would ban self-driving robot cars from the streets of Chicago unless the federal...


Aug 08, 2017, 09:00 ET Consumer Watchdog Says Google Steps Out Of Shadows To Press Congress to Keep Law Which May Also Shield Online Child Sex-Trafficking

Internet giant Google, which claims the motto "Don't Be Evil," is leaning on US lawmakers to oppose legislation fixing a key Internet law...


Aug 01, 2017, 14:17 ET Governor's Sister Kathleen Brown Makes More Than $1 Million Dollars From Sempra Board Work, And Stands To Make More, As Regulators Favor Company And Resume Injections At Aliso Canyon Gas Reserve, Reports Consumer Watchdog

Sempra shareholders have profited wildly from the favorable decisions taken by Jerry Brown's appointees since the Governor was elected, and his...


Aug 01, 2017, 13:50 ET Consumer Watchdog Warns Big Tech Is Trying to Pull End Run Around New Bipartisan Congressional Efforts to Hold Backpage.com Accountable; Industry Pressing Trump Administration for New NAFTA Internet Deal That Could Protect Child Sex-trafficking

Consumer Watchdog today warned that the tech industry is pressing the Trump Administration to adopt language in a new North American Free Trade...


Jul 27, 2017, 12:48 ET Consumer Watchdog Warns Bill Pre-empting State Robot Car Laws Approved by House Commerce Committee Would Leave Dangerous Regulatory Void Threatening Highway Safety

Consumer Watchdog warned that a bill approved today by the House Commerce Committee that would pre-empt state autonomous vehicle safety regulations...


Jul 20, 2017, 09:00 ET Consumer Watchdog Calls for Immediate Congressional Hearings on Bipartisan Bill to Change Internet Law So Child Sex Trafficking Websites like Backpage.com Can Be Held Accountable

Consumer Watchdog today called on the House Commerce Committee and Judiciary Committee to hold immediate hearings on a bill amending a key Internet...


Jul 19, 2017, 08:30 ET Consumer Watchdog Calls on California Representatives to Oppose Congressional Robot Car Legislation That Would Undermine California's Safety Protections on Testing Self-Driving Cars

Consumer Watchdog today called on California's seven members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to block proposed federal legislation that...


Jul 11, 2017, 19:02 ET Governor Brown Betrays Californians With Massive Giveaway To Big Oil In Cap-And-Trade Program, Reports Consumer Watchdog

Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch oppose Assembly Bill 398, brokered by Governor Jerry Brown to extend California's cap-and-trade...


Jul 11, 2017, 13:30 ET NHTSA Must Quickly Enact Enforceable Safety Standards for Robot Cars or States Must Move If Feds Fail to Do Their Job, Consumer Watchdog Tells "Automated Vehicles Symposium 2017"

Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to promptly adopt enforceable federal safety standards...


Jul 07, 2017, 13:18 ET Consumer Watchdog Report Shows Pricing Problems May Slime Amazon on "Prime Day;" Group Asks Federal Antitrust Regulators to Block $14 billion Whole Foods Deal Until Deceptive Pricing Issues Fixed

Consumer Watchdog today warned consumers about Amazon's deceptive pricing practices and called on antitrust authorities to block Amazon's proposed...