By Frank Mottek, KABC 790AM LA
September 9, 2021
Frank chats with Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court on why California's latest attempt to revamp it's broken bottle and can recycling system failed due to lobbying from the industry. Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment.
By Staff Reporters, REPAIR DRIVEN NEWS
September 6, 2021
Consumer groups analyzing insurers’ underwriting performance from 2020 have concluded that auto insurers reaped billions of dollars in excess profits due to reduced accidents during the lockdowns, and say consumers are still owed billions in additional refunds.
By Alan Ohnsman, FORBES
August 16, 2021
U.S. regulators have opened up the biggest review of Tesla’s Autopilot since the driving-assistance feature was introduced, centered around a string of collisions with emergency vehicles that resulted in numerous injuries and at least one fatality.
By Sasha Hupka, LOS ANGELES TIMES
August 11, 2021
WASHINGTON — Alana Voechting, a 27-year-old nursing student, had never heard of Klarna when she noticed its bright pink logo while checking out at Sephora.com with $165 in skincare products.
By Saul Elbein, THE HILL
August 4, 2021
Years of destructive wildfires are leaving millions of Californians at risk of losing their homeowner's insurance — underscoring fears that climate change could soon make parts of the country uninhabitable for financial reasons.
By Adam Raskin, KGTV ABC TV-10 San Diego, CA
July 30 2021
San Diego (KGTV) — Throughout the state, homeowners are preparing for what could be another long wildfire season.
By Andrew Sheeler, CAPITOL ALERT - SACRAMENTO BEE
July 27, 2021
Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog reports that permit approvals for new or reworked oil wells dropped by 64% in the first six months of 2021, while the number of permit applications from oil and gas companies fell by 52%.
By J. D. Morris, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
July 22, 2021
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said Wednesday that it wants to bury 10,000 miles of its power lines in the coming years, hoping that such a far-reaching and expensive effort will finally turn the company's disastrous track record around.
By Kyle Barnett, UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
July 22, 2021
The largest utility in California is planning to bury 10,000 miles of power lines in an effort to prevent fires in the drought-stricken state.
Pacific Gas & Electric said the move is intended to "further harden its system" to prevent accidental outbreaks of wildfires. Several fires in California have been attributed to PG&E equipment over the years.
By Sonseeahary Tonsall, Eric Rucker, Ian McDonald, KXTL FOX TV-40, Sacramento, CA
July 21, 2021
CHICO, Calif. (KTXL) — Pacific Gas and Electric announced on Wednesday that it plans to bury 10,000 miles of lines in parts of the state with higher fire danger.
By Victoria Colliver, POLITICO PRO
July 19, 2021
A medical malpractice company based in Napa dropped $5 million into the fight against a November 2022 ballot measure to increase California’s medical malpractice compensation cap.
By Barbara Feder Ostrov, CALMATTERS
July 19 2021
Federal conspiracy charges against dialysis giant DaVita and its former CEO have cast one of Sacramento’s biggest political spenders in an unflattering light.
By Blaise Scemama, THE DAILY JOURNAL
July 16, 2021
The report released this week named prominent attorneys it said had "violated the ethical rules against dishonesty, deceit, and collusion and violated their ethical duties to ... the court in violation of Rules of Professional Conduct."
By Carly Olson, LOS ANGELES TIMES
July 14, 2021
Nurses at two USC hospitals that handle some of the country’s most challenging medical cases are protesting working conditions they say put both medical staff and hospital-goers at risk, the latest in a series of strikes by nurses nationwide that have spotlighted hospital safety.
Consumer Watchdog says California needs to build its own infrastructure and not rely on outside power companies
By Kurt Rivera, KXTV ABC TV-10 Sacramento, CA
July 12, 2021
By Dan Bacher, RED GREEN & BLUE
July 10, 2021
“This is the first permit denial of this scale for reasons related to public health and climate,” according to a statement from the Food and Water Watch.
By Trenton Straube, POZ
July 7, 2021
Can health plans force clients to get HIV meds via mail or at a specific pharmacy in order to keep discounts?
By Alexis Shanes, LAW 360
July 2, 2021
Law360 (July 2, 2021, 2:17 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court said Friday it will review the revival of an Affordable Care Act case alleging CVS Pharmacy's mail-delivery drug program discriminates against HIV and AIDS patients.
By Craig Fiegener, KNX 1070 AM Los Angeles, CA
July 1, 2021
Carmen Balber with Consumer Watchdog explains how insurance companies still owe Californians refunds due to the pandemic.
By Lyle Adriano, INSURANCE BUSINESS AMERICA
June 30, 2021
Despite the majority of Californians driving less last year, most auto insurance companies operating in the state continued to charge pre-pandemic rates, managing to collect a windfall of about $5.5 billion, new analysis by Consumer Watchdog has found.
By Miranda Green, CALMATTERS
June 30, 2021
In hard-hit Napa Valley, which has burned multiple times this last decade, successful winemakers and longtime residents are weighing their options to rebuild or move out entirely simply by looking at their property insurance policies.
By Emily Valdes, KNX 1070 AM Los Angeles, CA
June 29, 2021
Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court explains how West LA's Richard Bloom has a bill in the state Assembly that is bad for consumers trying to recycle their bottles and cans.
By Mike DeWald, KCBS AM, San Francisco, CA
June 29, 2021
Consumer Watchdog's Carmen Balber explains how insurance companies have not fully refund the amount they are legally required to return to consumers after the Covid pandemic.
By Staff Reporters, INSURANCE JOURNAL
June 29, 2021
Most California insurance companies continued to charge pre-pandemic auto insurance rates despite a vast majority of Californians driving far less last year, according to an analysis by Consumer Watchdog on Tuesday.
The report shows auto insurers reaped “a windfall of about $5.5 billion.”