Jamie Court

Consumer Watchdog’s President and Chairman of the Board is an award-winning and nationally recognized consumer advocate.  Capitol Weekly, naming Jamie to its  “Top 100” list of unelected movers and shakers in California politics, wrote, “Court has made a career of battling all comers in the interest of the public, and his take-no-prisoners approach has earned him plenty of enemies.”

Jamie’s latest book is The Progressive’s Guide To Raising Hell: How To Win Grassroots Campaigns, Pass Ballot Box Laws And Get The Change You Voted For (Chelsea Green, 2010). “Americans angry about the state of their government might find in Court’s persuasive manifesto a cause for action,” Publishers Weekly writes. “With great accessibility and a fired-up attitude, Court brings his lessons in empowerment to the people.” He is also the author of Corporateering: How Corporate Power Steals Your Freedom And What You Can Do About It (Tarcher Putnam, 2003) and co-author of Making A Killing: HMOs and the Threat To Your Health (Common Courage Press, 1999).

Jamie has led dozens of major corporate and political campaigns to reform insurers, banks, technology companies, oil companies, utilities and political practices. He helped to pioneer the HMO patients’ rights movement in the United States, sponsoring successful laws in California and aiding them elsewhere, and was an early champion of many of the most important consumer protections in the federal Affordable Care Act years before they were enacted.  He authored the health insurance rate regulation reform Proposition 45 on the November 2014 California ballot.

A frequent media commentator and op-ed contributor, Jamie is a high-profile and stalwart defender of consumers’ rights.  The Los Angeles Times calls him “a tireless consumer advocate.” The Wall Street Journal writes, “He’s notorious for his dramatic, sharp-tongued attacks on the health- and auto-insurance industries, and on any politician who takes their campaign cash.”

His public interest career began as an advocate for the homeless and as a community organizer.  Jamie’s Alma mater is Pomona College, where he graduated with a BA in History in 1989.

Jamie Court

CNBC – Jamie Court Speaks About The Bill That Would Penalize Oil Refineries For Price Gouging

The bill would give Californians the ability to set a penalty level in which the oil refineries would pay a penalty for making too much off their per-gallon profits, the gross refining margin.

CA Senate Passes Gasoline Price Gouging Penalty And Oil Refinery Transparency Bill, Goes to Assembly  

Sacramento, CA -- A landmark measure to rein in skyrocketing California gasoline prices has cleared the California Senate by a vote of 30 to...

Price gouging Penalty Passes First Hurdle; Consumer Watchdog Testifies In Assembly About Need for Penalty and Transparency Reforms, $590 Million Oil Exec Stock Grab

SBx1 2, the newly amended proposal for a price gouging penalty and oil refiner transparency, passed its first test in the California Senate Utilities, Energy and Commerce Committee

KXTV-SAC (ABC) – Sacramento, CA; Governor Gavin Newsom Announced A New Deal With Lawmakers To Take On Big Oil

President of Consumer Watchdog, Jamie Court, speaks about Governor Gavin Newsom's deal with the legislature to enact a price gouging penalty on big oil companies.

Governor and Legislature Strike Deal on Price Gouging Penalty And Oil Refiner Transparency

Making California First State In America To Rein In Oil Refiner Greed and Profiteering Los Angeles, CA – Governor Newsom and California legislature leaders have reached...

More Transparency For California Gas Markets

This morning the Los Angeles Times published my commentary on why we need more transparency in California’s gas markets. Let's hope the powers that...

The Los Angeles Times – Opinion: Who profits from Southern California’s high gas bills? The problem is we don’t know

By Jamie Court, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2023-03-13/natural-gas-price-socalgas The doubling and in some cases quadrupling of Southern Californians' natural gas bills in recent months stemmed from rapid price...

Misnomers In Legislative Debate Over Price Gouging Penalty

When the California Senate Energy Committee took on the price gouging penalty for the first time recently, economists with a track record working for the oil industry tried...


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