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May 17, 2019, 13:13 ET Consumer Watchdog Applauds Governor Newsom's Energy Commission Report Taking on Gas Price Manipulation -- The Golden State Gouge

Consumer Watchdog said today that the California Energy Commission under Governor Gavin Newsom is finally taking steps to confront artificially high...


May 16, 2019, 16:12 ET Farmers Insurance Allegedly Overcharged Its Most Loyal Customers in Violation of Proposition 103, Asks Court to Stop Agency Investigation, Says Consumer Watchdog

Farmers Insurance systematically overcharged its most loyal, longtime California customers from 2008 to 2018, according to evidence uncovered as part ...


May 09, 2019, 15:56 ET Consumer Watchdog Calls on Federal Trade Commission to Investigate Amazon For Unfair and Deceptive Spying Practices

Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and take action against Amazon for deceptively recording consumers and...


May 07, 2019, 18:27 ET Consumer Watchdog and the Insurance Commissioner Prevail -- $27 Million Civil Penalty Against Mercury Upheld

An Orange County Court of Appeal has upheld $27 million in civil penalties imposed by former Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones against Mercury...


May 02, 2019, 15:30 ET CA Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara Receives "D" Average on Report Card From Consumer Watchdog

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, who has approved $292 million in auto and homeowners' insurance rate increases in his first four...


Apr 23, 2019, 16:39 ET Two Thirds Of LA Area Stores Obligated To Recycle And Refund Consumer Bottle Deposits Refuse, Consumer Watchdog Survey Finds

Two thirds of fifty Los Angeles-area grocery, convenience and drug stores that are required by the state to refund consumer deposits for empty...


Apr 23, 2019, 13:53 ET On Earth Day, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara Refuses to Lead on Global Warming; Denies Petition to Require Insurers to Disclose the Fossil Fuel Projects They Insure, Says Consumer Watchdog

On Earth Day, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara chose "collaboration" with the insurance industry over urgent climate action....


Apr 12, 2019, 16:08 ET Consumer Watchdog: Victims, Taxpayers and Ratepayers Shouldn't Be Forced To Pay For Felon's Negligence Under PG&E Bailout Plan; Politicians Should Give Back Utility Money

Consumer Watchdog said today that a California wildfire victims' relief fund could be important, but that the proposal put forth today by Governor...


Apr 04, 2019, 14:29 ET Assembly Insurance Committee Members Vote to Strip Insurance Consumers of their Privacy Rights; Pass Bill to Exempt Insurers From New Privacy Act says Consumer Watchdog

The members of the Assembly Insurance Committee voted unanimously today to pass AB 981 and exempt the entire insurance and financial services...


Mar 28, 2019, 15:56 ET Assembly Member Tom Daly pushes bill that exempts insurance companies and banks from California privacy law, says Consumer Watchdog

Today Consumer Watchdog called on Assembly Insurance Committee Chair Tom Daly to withdraw legislation (AB 891) that would exempt insurance companies...


Mar 26, 2019, 15:37 ET Insurance Commissioner Promises Hearings - But Sets No Timeline to Stop Auto Insurance Discrimination

Statement of Consumer Watchdog: "Thirty days ago, Consumer Watchdog and ten other organizations petitioned Insurance Commissioner Riccardo Lara to...


Mar 26, 2019, 15:34 ET LA City Attorney Failed to Disclose $242 Million DWP-funded City Slush Fund, Says Consumer Watchdog Legal Appeal

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer supported a deceptive notice to ratepayers in a class action settlement over the transfer of hundreds of...


Mar 21, 2019, 13:06 ET Public Interest Groups Seek Nation's First Rule Mandating Insurance Companies Disclose the Fossil Fuel Projects They Insure, says Consumer Watchdog

More than 60 environmental, consumer and social justice organizations petitioned California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara today seeking first...


Mar 01, 2019, 16:31 ET Watchdog Report Finds California Consumers Lose Half Of Every Nickel Bottle Deposit; Urges Recycling Reform To Stop More Than Half Billion Dollar Annual Cost To Consumers

For every nickel bottle or can deposit that California consumers pay in the grocery store checkout line, they only get back 2.65 cents, or 53%, of...


Feb 21, 2019, 16:29 ET Community Groups Petition California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara To Ban Use of Occupation and Education to Price Auto Insurance, Says Consumer Watchdog

Community organizations representing consumers, low-income workers and communities of color petitioned Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara today to...


Feb 14, 2019, 19:58 ET California reports show that robot cars love their drivers: Robot cars on average required a human takeover every 14 miles driven, says Consumer Watchdog

Updated reports required by the California Department of Motor Vehicles from companies testing robot cars on California public roads reveal a...


Feb 13, 2019, 15:40 ET State reports show that robot cars aren't ready for public roads

New reports required by the California Department of Motor Vehicles from companies testing robot cars on the state's public roads show the technology ...


Feb 01, 2019, 13:40 ET Consumer Watchdog: Patient Safety Advocates Say Overdose Death Investigations Critical To Protecting Patients and Reducing Dangerous Opioid Overprescribing

Patient safety advocates testified to the Medical Board of California today that its initiative to investigate excessive prescribing by doctors...


Jan 29, 2019, 13:57 ET Watchdog: PUC Must Go After Giving $6 Billion Credit Line To PG&E Pre-Bankruptcy, Raising Rates

Consumer Watchdog called for the ouster of the California Public Utilities Commission over its decision late Monday to extend a $6 billion credit...


Jan 14, 2019, 16:51 ET Consumer Watchdog: PG&E is No Victim, Governor Newsom Should Appoint Tough Regulator

Consumer Watchdog said today that PG&E prematurely filed bankruptcy protection to drive a political bailout of the company and gain leverage over...


Jan 09, 2019, 14:05 ET Consumer Watchdog To Legislative Leaders: Maui Utilities' Junket While Paradise Burned Should Spark New Rules For Real-time Disclosure of Lawmaker Trips

In a letter to California's legislative leaders, Consumer Watchdog today wrote that the shocking details of a utility junket in Maui with 12 state...


Jan 04, 2019, 13:53 ET Consumer Watchdog Applauds New California Rules Ending Gender-Based Discrimination in Auto Insurance Pricing

California auto insurers may no longer charge drivers more based on their gender under new rules just issued by the California Department of...


Dec 20, 2018, 15:35 ET Landmark California Consumer Privacy Act Would Have Let People Block Facebook's Sharing of Private Data, Consumer Watchdog says; Strong State Law Must Not Be Preempted by Congress

Facebook's latest revealed privacy invasion could have been thwarted if the landmark California Consumer Privacy Act were in effect and the strong...


Dec 10, 2018, 19:33 ET Google's Second Failure to Protect Data Security on Its Social Network Shows Need for California Privacy Law, Consumer Watchdog

Google's revelation today that its social network Google+ suffered a second major security lapse in less than a year makes clear the Internet giant...


Dec 06, 2018, 13:33 ET Consumer Watchdog Calls On Pelosi To Stop Lame-Duck Preemption of New California Privacy and Auto Safety Laws; Industry Deal Threatens To Undo CA's Robot Car and Privacy Standards

Consumer advocates today called on House Minority Leader and Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi to stop an effort by the auto industry in the lame duck...