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Consumer Watchdog Urges California Supreme Court to Reaffirm “Organizational Standing” in Unfair Competition Cases

Consumer Watchdog filed a “friend of the court” brief urging the California Supreme Court to reaffirm the ability of non-profit organizations and other groups to bring lawsuits on behalf of the public under California’s landmark Unfair Competition Law. Consumer Watchdog filed its amicus brief on behalf of the plaintiff in the case, California Medical Association. […]

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Patients Embrace Legislative Deal to Update Malpractice Cap, Forestall Ballot Fight on Fairness for Injured Patients Act in November

Los Angeles, CA, April 27, 2022 – The California families harmed by medical negligence who launched the Patients for Fairness coalition (http://www.patientsforfairness.org) responded favorably to news of a potential legislative deal to raise the 47 year old cap on medical malpractice damages. The families said the legislation would eliminate the need for the Fairness for […]

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California Lawmakers Answer Injured Patients’ Call for Reform, Propose Nation’s First Public Member Majority Medical Board

Sacramento, CA, May 26, 2021 – California lawmakers have moved legislation to the Senate Floor to make California the first state in the nation whose Medical Board has a majority of public, not doctor, members. The bill follows months of calls for increased public representation from families harmed by medical negligence who have been denied […]

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Bill To Save Collapsing Bottle Deposit System Passes First Legislative Hurdle

Los Angeles, CA, March 15, 2021 — SB 38 (D- Wieckowski), a bill to save the collapsing bottle deposit system by putting the responsibility for recycling empty CRV containers onto the beverage industry, passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee today in a decisive first step towards modernizing California’s rigid and antiquated system, Consumer Watchdog said […]

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Consumer Bottle Redemption Rate Falls To 58%, Major Overhaul Of Container Recycling Program Inescapable

Los Angeles, CA, December 7, 2020 — Between July and September of 2020, the rate of consumer redemption of empty beverage containers fell another two percentage points to 58%, according to beverage sales data from CalRecycle, the state’s overseer of the bottle deposit program. That means 42% of annual consumer bottle deposits—or about $546 million […]

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Watchdog Urges Legislative Leaders To Reject Last Minute Raid By Waste Haulers On Consumer Bottle Deposit Funds

Los Angeles, CA, August 26, 2020 — Consumer Watchdog urged Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to shut down a last-minute attempt by waste haulers, grocers and recyclers to steal consumers’ bottle deposit refunds and make the system less available to them, the group said. “The last week of legislative […]

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Insurance Industry Pushes “Wildfire” Legislation to Increase Homeowners Insurance Rates

Los Angeles, CA, May 6, 2020 — While the rest of the state is sheltering at home, lobbyists for the insurance industry are busy promoting legislation, scheduled for a hearing tomorrow, that would allow them to boost insurance rates on homeowners and renters. The bill would derail voter-approved protections against insurance price-gouging and fails to address insurers’ growing refusal to sell insurance in wildfire […]

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Know Your Health Care Rights: 6 Tips for CA Consumers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Los Angeles, CA, April 2, 2020 –  Consumer Watchdog released a “Know Your Rights” tip sheet today outlining 6 things consumers should know about their health care cost and access rights during the COVID-19 pandemic. California consumers and patients should know their legal rights as COVID-19 is expected to heavily tax the resources of the health care system and may exceed capacity in some communities, potentially resulting […]

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Insurance Companies Use Occupation and Education to Segregate and Overcharge California Drivers

Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 1, 2019 – An analysis of new data obtained from insurance companies by the California Department of Insurance (“CDI”) confirms complaints by Consumer Watchdog and other citizen groups that insurance companies are surcharging motorists based on their occupation or educational status, in violation of insurance reform Proposition 103. The data show […]

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Insurance Companies Should Cut Ties with Fossil Fuels in the Wake of Climate-Related Rate Hikes, Policy Cancellations

Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 25, 2019 –  As the 2019 wildfire season begins, many homeowners in at-risk areas have once again seen their insurance rates go up, or their insurance policies dropped altogether. According to the California Department of Insurance, nearly 350,000 rural homeowners have had their coverage dropped in just the past four years. […]

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Release of Calendar and Public Records Suggest Lara Made First Contact In “Pay to Play” Insurance Scandal

LOS ANGELES, CA, Sept. 19, 2019 – Calendar entries, documents, and newly uncovered photographs reveal that Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, not his fundraiser, made first contact with an agent of a workers compensation insurance company offering political support in conjunction with seeking approval for a change of control in the company. New records, produced under […]

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Three Emergency Rules Ricardo Lara Can Issue Immediately to Protect Homeowners’ Access to Insurance Coverage

Los Angeles, CA, Aug. 27, 2019 – In a letter sent today, Consumer Watchdog called on Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara to use the full authority of his office to preserve Californians’ access to home insurance. “Homeowners insurance companies are imposing extreme rate hikes and abruptly non-renewing homeowners who live in areas at higher risk for […]

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Groups Urge DMV, AG, & FTC to Investigate Tesla After Another Autopilot-Related Death

Los Angeles, July 25, 2019 – Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Auto Safety today renewed their call to the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Motor Vehicles to investigate dangerously misleading and deceptive practices and representations of Tesla Motors, Inc. regarding the safety and capabilities of its Autopilot feature. Since the consumer groups called […]

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Groups Petition CA Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara To Ban Use of Occupation and Education to Price Auto Insurance

LOS ANGELES, CA, Feb. 21, 2019 – Community organizations representing consumers, low-income workers and communities of color petitioned Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara today to ban the use of occupation and education to set auto insurance premiums. Many California auto insurance companies charge lower-income and less-educated drivers up to 15% more in order to give discounts […]

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Landmark CA Consumer Privacy Act Would Have Let People Block Facebook’s Sharing of Private Data, Watchdog says

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20, 2018 – Facebook’s latest revealed privacy invasion could have been thwarted if the landmark California Consumer Privacy Act were in effect and the strong state law must not be preempted by weak federal privacy laws, Consumer Watchdog said today. For years, the New York Times reported this week, Facebook gave some […]