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Jul 07, 2020, 15:35 ET Insurance Industry Gives CA Senators $2.35 Million To Win Right To Raise Homeowners' Rates, According To Consumer Watchdog

Members of the California State Senate have taken $2,353,000 in campaign contributions from insurance companies and insurance industry trade...


Jun 23, 2020, 13:46 ET CA Governor Exempts Supermarkets From Bottle Deposit Refunds For Another 60 Days In Loss For Consumers And The Environment, Says Consumer Watchdog

Governor Gavin Newsom gave supermarkets and other dealers of beverages carrying a five or ten cent deposit another 60-day reprieve on refunding...


Jun 11, 2020, 14:03 ET US Senators Call Out NHTSA For Failure To Protect Americans From Risk Of Internet Connected Cars, Demand Answers, Says Consumer Watchdog

Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), members of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, today sent a...


Jun 08, 2020, 13:50 ET Sneak Insurance Industry Power Play In Sacramento Threatens To Jack Up Home Insurance Rates In Violation of Voter-Enacted Insurance Rate Regulation

Consumer Watchdog warned today that homeowners could pay billions more for their home insurance under a sneak insurance industry legislative attack...


Jun 04, 2020, 17:39 ET Proof of Harm To CA's Unborn From Proximity To Oil Wells Proves Need For Barrier Between Wells And People, Says Consumer Watchdog

The first definitive study showing perinatal harm from oil production in California to pregnant mothers proves that the state must institute a...


Jun 03, 2020, 14:59 ET Medical Board of California Allows Doctor Responsible for the Death and Injury of Eight Bakersfield Patients to Keep Medical License, Says Consumer Watchdog

The Medical Board of California's decision to allow Dr. Arthur Park to continue practicing, despite a 20-year track record of negligence causing...


May 29, 2020, 14:52 ET Shocking COVID Cover-up: Hollywood Nursing Home Forged Death Certificate To Hide Its COVID Problem; Family Sues For Accountability, says Consumer Watchdog

84-year old Vincent Martin died of COVID-19 on April 4, 2020 at Hollywood Premier Healthcare Center ("HPHC") (a/k/a Serrano North Convalescent...


May 20, 2020, 14:40 ET No New Wells Without Oil Company Bonding For Permits, Says Consumer Watchdog

Consumer Watchdog called upon Governor Gavin Newsom to prevent oil companies from receiving approvals for new oil wells without first requiring full...


May 08, 2020, 13:43 ET Mother's Day Edition: Know Your Heath Care Rights

Consumer Watchdog released "Know Your Rights When Your Family is in the Hospital" tips that every consumer should know sharing the recent changes...


May 07, 2020, 21:53 ET Assembly Insurance Committee Approves Bills to Let Insurers Raise Homeowners' Rates By Skirting Price-Gouging Protections, says Consumer Watchdog

The Assembly Insurance Committee voted today to allow insurance companies to raise rates on homeowners and renters in violation of voter-approved...


May 07, 2020, 16:01 ET CA Oil Well Permits Under Gov. Newsom Outpace First Quarter Last Year In Loss For Public Health, Consumer Watchdog and FracTracker Alliance Report

As the Covid-19 pandemic unfolded, new oil well permits under Gov. Gavin Newsom rose 7.8% in the first quarter of 2020 through April 4, compared to...


May 06, 2020, 16:47 ET Insurance Industry Pushes Legislation to Increase Homeowners Insurance Rates, Derail Public Protections Against Price Gouging, in Guise of Wildfire Response, Says Consumer Watchdog

While the rest of the state is sheltering at home, lobbyists for the insurance industry are busy promoting legislation, scheduled for a hearing...


Apr 30, 2020, 14:43 ET Survivors of Medical Negligence Push CA Ballot Initiative Vote from 2020 to 2022

The survivors of medical negligence behind a California ballot measure to adjust California's 45-year-old cap on quality of life and survivor damages ...


Apr 23, 2020, 13:32 ET State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara Should Stop All Auto Insurance Rate Increases During Pandemic, Says Consumer Watchdog

Consumer Watchdog today called on Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara to suspend all increases in auto insurance rates through September 1, or the...


Apr 07, 2020, 14:39 ET Consumer Watchdog: Transamerica Settles Lawsuit Concerning Increases in "Cost of Insurance" Charges

Transamerica Life Insurance Company has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of policyholders across the United States alleging...


Apr 02, 2020, 16:08 ET Know Your Health Care Rights: 6 Tips for California Consumers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Consumer Watchdog released a "Know Your Rights" tip sheet today outlining 6 things consumers should know about their health care cost and access...


Mar 31, 2020, 15:31 ET Commissioner Lara Should Reject Farmers' Auto Insurance Rate Hikes and Stop Surcharges Aimed At COVID-19 First Responders and Emergency Workers, Says Consumer Watchdog

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara should reject Farmers Insurance Group's proposed 6.5–6.9% auto insurance rate increases and its 3-tiered rating...


Mar 10, 2020, 15:25 ET Insurance Lobbyists Launch Propaganda Campaign to Protect Their Ability To Overcharge Poor & Minority Drivers, Says Consumer Watchdog

The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) has launched a deceptive website, at www.protectourdiscounts.org, and advertising...


Mar 02, 2020, 16:05 ET Proposed Rule Moves Department of Insurance Closer to Banning Illegal Price Discrimination Against Low-Income Drivers and Communities of Color, Says Consumer Watchdog

Consumer Watchdog called for key amendments to draft rules proposed by the California Department of Insurance in order to stop auto insurance...


Feb 18, 2020, 16:26 ET Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara Sued for Failure to Provide Public Records of Dealings With Insurance Executives in Pay-to-Play Scandal, Says Consumer Watchdog

A non-profit consumer group filed a lawsuit to compel California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and the Department of Insurance to hand over...


Feb 18, 2020, 16:13 ET Number Of Oil And Gas Well Permits Issued By Newsom Administration In 2019 Rivals Number Issued In Gov. Jerry Brown's Last Year In Office, Says Consumer Watchdog

The total number of oil and gas well permits issued in 2019 under the Newsom Administration rivals the number issued in 2018 during the last year in...


Feb 06, 2020, 13:32 ET Pacific Specialty Insurance Company to Cut California Homeowners and Renters Insurance Rates by Over $800,000, Says Consumer Watchdog

As a result of Consumer Watchdog's challenge to Pacific Specialty's proposed rate increases on its manufactured homes, condominiums and renters'...


Feb 03, 2020, 16:21 ET Consumer Watchdog Applauds Departure of Another Regulator Who Protected Big Oil As Hopeful Sign Of Major Reform Under Gov. Newsom

Consumer Watchdog hailed the imminent departure of the Department of Conservation's Chief Deputy Director, widely seen as an impediment to...


Jan 30, 2020, 14:29 ET Wine & Beverage Industry Stops Bill To Overhaul and Expand Bottle Deposit System On Senate Floor, Says Consumer Watchdog

A major reform bill to fix California's broken bottle deposit system and get consumers back hundreds of millions in unredeemed deposits failed in the ...


Jan 27, 2020, 15:31 ET Insurance Commissioner Lara Should Not Approve Proposed Rate Increase Charging Low-Income, Less-Educated, Drivers More, Says Consumer Watchdog

Consumer Watchdog said in a letter today that Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara should reject a proposed 5% auto insurance rate increase by Mercury ...