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California Officials Ready to Spank Oil Companies

Jamie Court | Posted 12.16.2014 | Green
Jamie Court

I have been watching oil companies get away with price gouging for so many years that it was refreshing to see California's top political leaders let the oil companies know that they're going to be on the hot seat if they try to undermine California's landmark environmental laws taking effect in January.

No Bull: Vote YES on CA Propositions 45 & 46!

Ellen Snortland | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Ellen Snortland

Don't be fooled by insurance companies and the obscene amounts of money they're spending to defeat these measures.

Insurers Spending Cash, Spreading Fear In High-Stakes California Showdown

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

As I predicted two months ago, California voters have been bombarded by a group with a consumer-friendly name warning that a vote for a ballot initiative tomorrow would allow "one politician" to "interfere" with their health care treatment options.

B.S. Alert: Health Insurance Robber Barons Spend $56 Million vs. Prop 45's Rate Regulation in California Without a Single Public Comment

Jamie Court | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Jamie Court

Insurance companies have unleashed a torrent of deceptive advertising but have remarkably refused to issue a single comment to the news media on Prop 45, including in today's New York Times.

Health Insurers Using Playbook Again to Protect Profits at Expense of Consumers

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

About 35 states have given their insurance departments the legal power of prior approval of proposed health insurance rate changes. California is not among them, and advocates believe the state's residents are paying more for their health insurance coverage than necessary.

What's the Point, WellPoint? Could It Be to Satisfy Wall Street?

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Executives at health insurance giant WellPoint are predicting they will have to implement "double-digit plus" rate increases next year, demonstrating once again just how politically tone deaf and profit-obsessed they apparently are.

Whether in Cookies or Cars: Buyer Beware

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.22.2014 | Business
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The stuff we buy has been shrinking, shrinking, shrinking over the years.The more companies tell consumers they love us, the more they show us that they don't. Some say that modern retail is really a 'war to con consumers.'

Creating Influence, Success and Happiness Susan Wornick Style

Stacey Alcorn | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Stacey Alcorn

Rarely does one get the opportunity to sit with a legend in the broadcast television world. When opportunity knocks, my motto is REACH! Grab it! Lean In!

Big Consumer Win: Gmail Judge Rules For Privacy In Email

Jamie Court | Posted 11.26.2013 | Technology
Jamie Court

The ruling will have lasting impact beyond Google. This is a very big consumer victory for the right to use the Internet without having to give up one's privacy.

JPMorgan To Refund Over 2 Million Credit Card Customers

The Huffington Post/ Reuters | Posted 09.19.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. bank regulators on Thursday ordered JPMorgan Chase & Co to correct its debt collection and other credit card procedures a...

Google Glass: 'No Legitimate Expectation of Privacy' Either?

Jamie Court | Posted 11.05.2013 | Technology
Jamie Court

If we are going to let cloud-based computers operate like our eyes and ears, and allow for videos and recordings to be fed to Google's corporate cloud without the public's knowledge, invasion of privacy laws better apply.

Beware of Google's Mouthpieces About Google Glasses

Jamie Court | Posted 05.14.2013 | Technology
Jamie Court

Google Glass opens a Pandora's box for society that will forever change it unless the public gets the right to hit delete and turn on its "Do Not Track Me" option.

Go To The Mattresses

Jamie Court | Posted 02.10.2013 | Books
Jamie Court

If you're a fan of the Godfather, you have to love any book that says all you have to know about managing a crisis you already learned from Vito Corle...

Congress Needs to Close Loopholes in Obamacare Insurers Are Using to Boost Profits

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

I've often said that the Affordable Care Act is the end of the beginning of health reform. It addresses many problems associated with health insurance, but more must be done to control costs and access real universal coverage. And flaws in the law need to be fixed.

A Letter to the President Can Matter: Ours Changed Hyundai's MPG Claims And Evened the Playing Field For US Carmakers

Jamie Court | Posted 01.03.2013 | Politics
Jamie Court

If you doubt that writing the White House can make a difference, just look at the letter my Consumer Watchdog colleague Judy Dugan and I wrote to the President in January calling for an audit of the inflated MPG claims for the Hyundai Elantra.

Jim Crow Insurance: CA Proposition 33 Turns Back The Clock To Price Discrimination In Auto Insurance

Jamie Court | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Jamie Court

Revelations of discrimination by insurance companies are always shocking, but when they come out just days before a vote on an industry-sponsored ballot measure that would legalize unfair price increases and prejudice in auto insurance, Californians should pay particular attention.

Watchdog To 'Stop Discrimination In Its Tracks'

Reuters | Posted 06.18.2012 | Money

By Dave Clarke WASHINGTON, April 18 (Reuters) - The new U.S. consumer financial watchdog said on Wednesday it will aggressively pursue...

The 10 Most Fraudulent States

24/7 Wall St. | Michael B. Sauter | Posted 02.13.2014 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: When times are hard, fraud often gets worse. Americans are under great financial pressure, and there is no shortage of criminals w...

Taking the Initiative in a Struggle Against Excessive Rate Increases

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

When insurers behave this way, they are demonstrating that they care more about their bottom lines than their policyholders. Which makes it all the more imperative for California voters to sign those petitions and vote for the ballot initiative this fall.

Will Patients Beat Blue Shield Again... This Time With the First Online Ballot Petition for Rate Regulation?

Jamie Court | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Jamie Court

Shouldn't the CEOs of health insurance companies like Blue Shield have to sign under penalty of perjury that their rate hikes are justified? Californians will vote on that proposition in November, and are almost sure to approve.

A Determined Dog Goes After Insurers Again to Save Consumers Billions

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If there is one organization that insurers despise and fear more than any other, it surely must be Consumer Watchdog.

Jerry Brown Sends Birthday Present to the 99% on 100th Anniversary of Ballot Initiative Process

Jamie Court | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

With a simple signature, Brown has struck a blow for populism in the ballot initiative process by signing a new law to clarify that all ballot initiatives be voted on in November, when twice the number of voters show up, rather than in primary elections.

Friday Talking Points -- Long Live Steve Jobs

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

[Note: Today's column is seriously disjointed. If you're already sick of hearing what a wonderful guy Steve Jobs was, then I strongly advise you to j...

Andrea Stone

Kids, Veterans, Police Charities Get Failing Grades In Watchdog Ranking

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 09.26.2011 | Impact

WASHINGTON -- A new charity rating guide by the watchdog American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP), has handed out 'F' grades to dozens of poorly run o...

Facebook May Face Antitrust Probe

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 08.29.2011 | Technology

Facebook Credits let you buy as many bushels of virtual zucchini as you'd like. They may also violate antitrust law. Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit...