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May 08, 2018, 17:40 ET Current and Former Health Net Members in California May Submit Claims for Out-of-Network Medical Visits in 2014, Reports Consumer Watchdog

Consumers who were enrolled in an individual or family Health Net Preferred Provider Organization ("PPO") health plan in 2014, and received...


May 01, 2018, 09:00 ET Consumer Watchdog Backs California DMV's Call For Eight Robot Car Manufacturers To Explain Details about Failures in Robot Car Technology in Required Public Disengagement Reports

Consumer Watchdog today backed the Californian Department of Motor Vehicle's effort that in effect told eight robot car manufacturers to stop...


Apr 25, 2018, 09:00 ET Consumer Watchdog Calls on DMV to Open Robot Car Application Process to Public after Waymo Application Is Deemed Ready for Review

Consumer Watchdog today called on the Department of Motor Vehicles to open its application process for granting permits to test driverless robot...


Apr 24, 2018, 16:57 ET Lawmakers Vote to Lift Veil of Secrecy About Physician Sexual Assault & Other Doctor Misconduct Causing Patient Harm, Reports Consumer Watchdog

Doctors on probation for sexually assaulting their patients and for other serious misconduct causing patient harm would be required to disclose...


Apr 23, 2018, 15:48 ET Consumer Watchdog Warns CA Legislators New Utility Bailout Will Leave Gray Davis Stain

In a letter to the 120 members of the California legislature, Consumer Watchdog president Jamie Court warned that a bailout of California's three...


Apr 23, 2018, 14:28 ET Consumer Watchdog: Google's First-Quarter Lobbying Expenditures top $5 million; AT&T, Comcast Each Surpass $4 Million

Google's lobbying expenditures in the first quarter of this year topped $5 million, as the Internet giant sought to influence federal policymakers...


Apr 19, 2018, 16:53 ET Patients With Medical Horror Stories Demand the California Medical Board Back Patient Bill of Rights Requiring Transparency, Accountability To Prevent Patient Harm, Reports Consumer Watchdog

Patients who were sexually assaulted by doctors and lost loved ones to doctors' negligence shared their medical horror stories today and pressed...


Apr 16, 2018, 18:22 ET DMV Says First Application for Testing Robot Cars Without Driver Lacked Needed Information, Consumer Watchdog Reports

The California Department of Motor Vehicles confirmed today that the first application to test robot cars without a driver lacked necessary...


Apr 12, 2018, 14:03 ET Consumer Watchdog Calls on Google, Verizon, Comcast and AT&T to Follow Facebook and Drop Opposition to Privacy Ballot Initiative; Calls on Mark Zuckerberg to Become Face of Campaign

Consumer Watchdog today called on tech giants Google, Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to follow Facebook's lead and drop their opposition to a...


Apr 11, 2018, 15:12 ET Consumer Watchdog Calls on Congress to Act to Regulate Facebook and Protect Online Privacy, Not Merely Act as Enabler for CEO Mark Zuckerberg's PR-Driven Apology Tour

Consumer Watchdog today called on Congress to enact legislation that would protect consumers' online privacy and not merely facilitate Facebook CEO...


Apr 11, 2018, 12:30 ET "Governor Brown, Please Step Up": More Than 750 Public Interest Groups Call On Governor Brown To Halt New Dirty Oil And Gas Projects, Protect Californians' Health And Prevent Climate Change

More than 750 public interest groups from California and around the world kicked off a campaign today urging Governor Jerry Brown to stop the...


Apr 03, 2018, 15:05 ET Sexual Assault Allegations Against Salinas Doctor Go Unaddressed By Hospital and Regulators

The nonprofit patient advocacy group Consumer Watchdog called on state regulators to immediately suspend the license of a Salinas doctor being...


Mar 28, 2018, 10:00 ET Consumer Groups to Zuckerberg: Stop Electioneering; Let Jimmy Carter Monitor Facebook

A coalition of privacy and consumer groups today warned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that the integrity of elections, in this country and...


Mar 22, 2018, 09:00 ET Consumer Watchdog Challenges Facebook's Zuckerberg to Put His Money Where His Mouth Is and Fund California Privacy Ballot Initiative; Must Also Tell Users If Their Data Was Breached.

Consumer Watchdog today challenged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to put his money where his mouth is and help fund a California privacy ballot...


Mar 21, 2018, 16:51 ET Consumer Watchdog Praises Senate for Passing Bill to Stop Internet Sex Trafficking; Calls on Trump to Sign Measure That Would Enable Victims to Hold Sites Like Backpage Accountable

Consumer Watchdog today praised the U.S. Senate for passing a bipartisan bill amending a key Internet law that would hold rogue websites...


Mar 20, 2018, 15:49 ET Consumer Watchdog Says NHTSA Needs More Data Before Paving the Road For Unregulated Robot Cars, Tells Federal Agency It is Creating A Hobson's Choice For Auto Safety Advocates

Shortly following the death of a pedestrian killed by a robot car over the weekend in Tempe, Arizona, Consumer Watchdog called on the...


Mar 19, 2018, 16:24 ET Consumer Watchdog Calls for National Moratorium on Robot Car Testing After Self-Driving Uber Kills Arizona Woman

Consumer Watchdog today called for a national moratorium on robot car testing on public highways, after an Arizona woman was killed by a...


Mar 19, 2018, 09:00 ET Consumer Watchdog Joins Coalition Demanding DOT Exercise Strong Oversight of Robot Cars

Consumer Watchdog has joined a broad coalition representing public health and safety professionals, bicyclists, pedestrians, smart growth...


Mar 14, 2018, 14:28 ET New Report: LADWP's Ratepayer Advocate Is Costing Angelenos Nearly $7 Billion Extra And Should Be Fired

Instead of pushing the country's largest municipal utility to be leaner, greener, and meaner, Fred Pickel, the first ratepayer advocate ever...


Feb 28, 2018, 18:03 ET New Analysis Shows Limiting Oil Drilling In California Is Critical To GHG Emissions Cuts, Consumer Watchdog Says

New analysis released today by the Stockholm Environment Institute finds that limiting oil production in California would lead to substantial...


Feb 28, 2018, 15:47 ET Consumer Watchdog Demands That State Oil Regulators Publicly Reveal Leaking California Oil Wells That Are Counted But Not Disclosed

Consumer Watchdog urged Governor Jerry Brown to direct state oil regulators to publicly post all oil well leaks in the state after learning that...


Feb 27, 2018, 19:10 ET Consumer Watchdog Praises House for Passing Bill to Stop Internet Sex Trafficking; Calls on Senate to Pass Its Measure That Would Enable Victims to Hold Sites Like Backpage Accountable

Consumer Watchdog today praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a bipartisan bill amending a key Internet law so rogue websites like...


Feb 26, 2018, 19:48 ET New California Autonomous Vehicle Rules Make Video Game Out of Testing Robot Cars, Threatening Highway Safety, Consumer Watchdog Says

New California autonomous vehicle regulations released today by the Department of Motor Vehicles will turn testing robot cars into a deadly video...


Feb 21, 2018, 18:21 ET Consumer Watchdog Praises Apparent Agreement in Congress on Bill to Amend Internet Law to Stop Sex Trafficking; Rogue Websites Like Backpage Could Be Held Accountable for Abuses

Consumer Watchdog today praised an apparent agreement that would combine language from U.S. Senate and House bills that would allow rogue websites...


Feb 20, 2018, 15:08 ET Consumer Watchdog: US Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Mercury Insurance Challenge to Prop 103 Insurance Rules that Saved California Motorists Over $100 Billion

The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected a challenge brought by Mercury Insurance, State Farm and other insurance companies across the United States...