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Sep 03, 2015, 14:51 ET

Labor Day CA Gouging Gap At Pump Rises To $5.3 Billion Since February: Oil Refiners Exporting Amid Gasoline Supply Shortage, says Consumer Watchdog

A new analysis by Consumer Watchdog shows Californians have paid $5.3 billion extra for their gasoline due to the higher amount Californians are...

Sep 02, 2015, 14:54 ET

Governor Signs Misguided Bill Creating Another Financial Hurdle For Public's Access to Direct Democracy, Says Consumer Watchdog

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed misguided legislation hiking the ballot initiative filing fee to $2,000 from $200 that will do nothing to stop...

Aug 20, 2015, 14:30 ET

Consumer Watchdog Tells DMV Police Must Investigate Robot Car Crashes; Crash Data And Video Should Be Provided To Department For Release To Public, Group Says

 Consumer Watchdog today called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to amend its Autonomous Vehicle Regulation to require that...

Aug 18, 2015, 09:00 ET

Consumer Watchdog Asks NASA to End Special Drone Testing Deal With Google Giving Internet Giant Unfair Advantage Over Competitors At Taxpayer Expense

Consumer Watchdog today asked NASA's Inspector General to end a special NASA-Google deal to test unmanned drones over private land because it gives...

Aug 17, 2015, 20:22 ET

Consumer Watchdog Disappointed California Senate Chose Hiking an Initiative Filing Fee Over Protecting Direct Democracy

Consumer Watchdog said today it was disappointed that the California Senate passed AB 1100, by Evan Low, D-Campbell, and Richard Bloom, D-Santa...

Aug 10, 2015, 18:49 ET

Google's New Corporate Structure Changes Nothing About Company's Impact On Consumers' Privacy; It's Still The Internet Giant, Consumer Watchdog Says

Google's announcement today that it is creating a new holding company called "Alphabet" changes nothing about the company's impact and challenges...

Aug 10, 2015, 13:40 ET

Consumer Watchdog Calls On Justice Department To Block Expedia-Orbitz Merger

 Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Justice to block the proposed $1.3 billion merger of online travel agents Expedia and...

Aug 05, 2015, 19:32 ET

Tesoro Reports Record California Profits After California Price Spike, Says Consumer Watchdog

 Analysis of Tesoro's earnings released today showed that the company made more California refining profit in the second quarter than ever in...

Aug 05, 2015, 13:53 ET

Consumer Watchdog Reports Gas Price Spike Costs Californians Record $1.2 Billion More In July; Oil Refiners Take Home $1.61 Per Gallon

California has broken all records for the biggest gap between what consumers here have paid so far versus the rest of the nation for gas at the...

Jul 31, 2015, 15:56 ET

Ad Association Misses The Point Of Right To Be Forgotten, Says Consumer Watchdog; Public Interest Group Says Consumer Privacy Protections Are Not Censorship

Consumer Watchdog today said an advertising association's letter to the Federal Trade Commission misunderstands the Right To Be Forgotten and added...

Jul 30, 2015, 14:23 ET

Refiner Valero's Second Quarter California Profits 10X Higher Than Same Quarter Last Year Due to Market Manipulation and Gasoline Price Spike, Says Consumer Watchdog

Valero reported $294 million in second quarter California profits, more than ten times higher than the same quarter last year when the Texas...

Jul 28, 2015, 15:57 ET

Study Shows Requiring Prescription Drug Database Use Before Prescribing Powerful, Addictive Medications Critical In Ending Growing Epidemic, says Consumer Watchdog

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kentucky's dramatic decline in prescription drug abuse and doctor shopping after a...

Jul 27, 2015, 19:23 ET

Covered California Announces Rate Increases for 2016; Consumers Should Consider "Hidden Premium" From Narrow Networks, High Deductibles, When Shopping For Insurance Says Consumer Watchdog

 Consumers should review new health insurance policies closely for "hidden premiums," including narrow provider networks, high deductibles and...

Jul 27, 2015, 09:00 ET

U.S. Public Interest Group Warns European Commission About Apple's Dominance of Streaming Music; Calls For Limiting Apple Tactics To Drive Out 'Freemium' Music

The U.S. public interest group Consumer Watchdog today wrote European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager asking the Commission to...

Jul 22, 2015, 09:00 ET

Consumer Watchdog Warns Federal Regulators About Apple's Dominance of Streaming Music; Calls For Limiting Apple Tactics To Drive Out 'Freemium' Music

 The nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog today wrote the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Justice Department asking them to investigate...

Jul 21, 2015, 14:28 ET

California Lags Behind On Requiring Physicians To Check Database Before Prescribing Powerful, Addictive Medications As New Jersey Becomes Tenth State To Make It Mandatory, Says Consumer Watchdog

 New Jersey has become the tenth state that requires physicians to check a state prescription database before prescribing the most addictive...

Jul 20, 2015, 21:02 ET

Google Trims 2nd Quarter Spending, But Still Leads Tech Firms' Lobbying Expenditures; Facebook posts Record $2.69 Million While Amazon Outlay Soars 103 Percent, Says Consumer Watchdog

Google trimmed its spending on lobbying in the second quarter by 13 percent to $4.62 million, according to disclosure forms filed today with the...

Jul 15, 2015, 16:22 ET

Consumer Watchdog Says Director of Top Toxics Regulator Should Not Be Confirmed in Wake of Exide Mismanagement, Refusal to House Clean Agency

The Senate should not confirm Barbara Lee as Director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) based on her handling of serial polluter...

Jul 15, 2015, 14:00 ET

Father Of Woman Whose Graphic Crash Photos Remain Linked To Internet Search Results Joins Consumer Watchdog's Call To Offer 'Right To Be Forgotten' In U.S.

The father of a California woman whose family name remains linked in Internet search results to graphic leaked police photos of her fatal car...

Jul 13, 2015, 19:00 ET

Oil Refiner Profiteering Behind Huge Gasoline Price Run-up; Watchdog Questions Exports of Fuel To South and Central America

Consumer Watchdog today said the recent sixty cents increase at Southern California gasoline pumps is the result of profiteering by California oil...