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Feb 27, 2015, 20:53 ET

White House Privacy Bill Fails To Give Adequate Protection, Consumer Watchdog Says

 The proposed Privacy Bill of Rights Act released by the White House today fails to adequately protect consumer privacy and allows industry to...

Feb 27, 2015, 19:24 ET

ALERT: LA Gas Prices Jump 17 Cents, Largest Overnight Spike in Two Years, as Consumer Watchdog Calls for Senate Subpoena of Tesoro CEO

 Gas prices have jumped up 80 cents a gallon in California since refinery shutdowns and slowdowns began on February 1, and 17 cents in Los...

Feb 26, 2015, 19:18 ET

Senate Lawmakers to Hold Hearings on Possible Refinery Manipulation of Gas Prices Via Shutdowns and Slowdowns, Answering Call from Consumer Watchdog

Consumer Watchdog said it looked forward to working with Senate lawmakers who today set hearings for March on possible refinery price manipulation,...

Feb 25, 2015, 17:21 ET

Consumer Watchdog Calls On FCC Not To Back Down From Regulating Google And Other "Edge Provider" Connections To Internet In Wake Of Lobbying By Internet Giant

 The Federal Communication Commission should protect consumer privacy and regulate connections between the Internet and so-called "edge...

Feb 25, 2015, 16:22 ET

ALERT: CA Refinery Profits Fatten On 60-Cent Gas Price Spike Since Shutdowns and Slowdowns, Says Consumer Watchdog

California refinery shutdowns and slowdowns are boosting refinery profit margins by as much as 72 percent, according to a key indicator called...

Feb 25, 2015, 09:00 ET

FCC Should Prohibit DIRECTV's Anti-Consumer Practices By Freezing Rates and Banning Excessive Fees, Or Block $49 Billion AT&T Merger, Says Consumer Watchdog

Consumer Watchdog today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject AT&T's proposed purchase of the satellite television...

Feb 24, 2015, 15:52 ET

Consumer Watchdog Calls for Release of Documents on Psychotropic Medication Prescribing in Foster Care, Ban on Big Pharma Payments to Doctors

 Saying the public has a right to know, Consumer Watchdog called upon Senators Mike McGuire and Jim Beall to subpoena Department of Health Care...

Feb 23, 2015, 15:17 ET

ALERT: California Gas Prices Up More Than 50 Cents Since Tesoro Martinez Refinery Shutdown, Consumer Watchdog Calls For Legislative Hearings into Price Manipulation

 Consumer Watchdog said today that the retail price per gallon of gas in California has soared 53 cents between February 2, when Tesoro began...

Feb 20, 2015, 16:07 ET

ALERT: Los Angeles Gas Spot Price Rises A Quarter Since Tuesday's Refinery Fire, Consumer Watchdog Continues Call For Investigation Into Price Manipulation

Consumer Watchdog announced today that spot gas prices in Los Angeles have risen 25 cents since Tuesday when an explosion rocked Exxon's Torrance...

Feb 19, 2015, 18:47 ET

Price Of Gas Up A Dime, State Investigators Still Mum On Consumer Watchdog Request To Rule Out Refinery Price Manipulation

 Consumer Watchdog said today that the spot price of gas leapt a dime overnight, as the group had predicted in the wake of two refinery...

Feb 18, 2015, 14:29 ET

Two Refineries Down, Gas Prices Up: Consumer Watchdog Calls For On-Site Inspections To Investigate Price Manipulation

Responding to a shutdown of two refineries that produce 16 percent of the state's gasoline, Consumer Watchdog called on state officials to send...

Feb 18, 2015, 13:43 ET

California Hospitals Fined $700,000 for Horrific Injuries and Preventable Deaths Must Be Audited Says Consumer Watchdog

 The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog called upon Governor Jerry Brown and government regulators to audit ten hospitals that the California...

Feb 13, 2015, 14:23 ET

Consumer Watchdog Urges President To Seek Mandatory Encryption Of Sensitive Data

 Consumer Watchdog today called on President Obama to back mandatory encryption of sensitive data like health records to prevent damaging data...

Feb 06, 2015, 17:38 ET

Consumer Watchdog Urges CA Attorney General and Regulators to Investigate Tesoro's Martinez Refinery Shutdown to Rule Out Gasoline Price Manipulation

Consumer Watchdog today sent a letter to California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Robert Weisenmiller, Chair of the California Energy...

Feb 06, 2015, 14:44 ET

Google Right To Be Forgotten Report Self-Serving Publicity Stunt, Consumer Watchdog Says; Group Says Privacy Right Should Be Adapted For United States, Not Just Europe

A Google-commissioned report advising that the Internet giant implement the right to be forgotten only in Europe is little more than a self-serving...

Feb 05, 2015, 15:57 ET

FCC Chairman Wheeler Follows Consumer Watchdog's Call, Includes Key Consumer And Privacy Protections In Plan For Open Internet And Regulation Like Public Utility

Answering Consumer Watchdog's call, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is invoking key sections of the Communications Act that will provide the basis for...

Feb 05, 2015, 15:30 ET

Anthem Hack Exposes Privacy Failings At Health Information Exchange Created By Health Insurers, says Consumer Watchdog

The day after Anthem Blue Cross revealed that millions of customers' information had been hacked, Consumer Watchdog and Patient Privacy Rights...

Feb 03, 2015, 14:44 ET

Health Net Sued for 'Bait & Switch' of Doctor and Hospital Networks, Consumer Pays $12,000 Out-of-Pocket for Cancer Treatment, Says Consumer Watchdog

In advance of a California legislative hearing on health care "costs" not scheduled to include testimony from consumers, consumer advocates will...

Jan 30, 2015, 17:49 ET

Consumer Watchdog Calls on Senator Richard Pan to Tackle Drunk Emergency Room Physicians

 Consumer Watchdog today called upon California State Senator Richard Pan to introduce legislation addressing the ongoing problem of drug- and...

Jan 28, 2015, 20:01 ET

Top Toxics Regulator Levies No Fines On Exide For Fresh Violations In Signal It Plans To Grant Serial Polluter A Permit, Says Consumer Watchdog

 Far from turning over a new leaf, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) listed eight violations inspectors discovered at Exide...