CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1997 |
With Gov. Pete Wilson's signing of Assembly Bill 206 on Sunday, Californians can now avoid weeks of waiting on the phone or dealing with snail mail when they want to express their frustrations with state agencies. The bill allows people to call up state Web sites and electronically file formal complaints or comments about particular state departments. Constituents also may lodge complaints against state workers the same way.
August 27, 1999 |
The National Consumer League's gripe report for the first half of 1999 shows a dramatic drop in complaints about cramming, the nickname for billing consumers for telephone services they never ordered. The telephone industry adopted voluntary guidelines in July 1998 giving consumers more protections. Several companies now block third-party vendors from billing consumers for services unless consumers specifically instruct the carrier to do so.
February 15, 2000 |
EBay Inc., the largest Internet auction operator, said it will assist the Federal Trade Commission and other law enforcement agencies combating the fastest-growing type of fraud by turning over complaints by its customers. The information that EBay will provide to the FTC can be used by more than 200 law enforcement agencies that are grappling with an explosion in Internet auction fraud. The announcement came as officials from the FTC, the Justice Department, the U.S.
September 22, 1998 |
The Teamsters union filed new complaints against Anheuser-Busch Cos. with the National Labor Relations Board and said it will challenge plans by the beer maker to start operating under its most recent contract offer. The Teamsters, representing more than 8,000, or about a third, of Anheuser-Busch's employees, said the company refuses to put proposals in writing and has stopped allowing union members to pay dues through payroll deduction.
May 25, 2000 |
A year after a legal case and a devastating internal report forced Kaiser Permanente to revamp its system of binding arbitration, complaints against the state's largest HMO are being heard sooner, according to a report issued by the independent attorney who now runs the program.
September 14, 1989 |
Japan's powerful trade ministry took the unprecedented step Wednesday of asking foreign companies how to increase imports, and it received a bushel of complaints about the system. Trade officials said executives at 83 companies from 10 countries in North America and Europe met Trade and Industry Minister Hikaru Matsunaga and other officials for a high-level dialogue on import promotion.
June 29, 1999 |
A Spanish-language commercial from Chevron Corp. that ran briefly on general-market television channels drew a small but vocal response from consumers angered by the use of a language other than English on general-market stations. "The fact is that we received a small number of positive and negative responses," said Chevron spokeswoman Bonnie Chaikind. "But the overall response was very, very small in relation to the total customer base of Chevron."
October 12, 1990 |
The U.S. Census Bureau has agreed to investigate the claims of 17% of the nation's cities, counties and towns--including the city of Los Angeles--that the 1990 preliminary census missed thousands of housing units across the country. In all, the bureau has accepted for review the challenges of 6,602 communities, including 128 in Southern California, while rejecting 983 challenges nationwide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1989 |
Public defenders in West Municipal Court in Westminster said Monday that cramped working conditions and heavy caseloads have made it increasingly difficult to adequately represent their clients. Because of limited office space, public defenders sometimes have to resort to interviewing clients in hallways and file rooms. "Under these conditions, client confidentiality goes out the window," said Deputy Public Defender Sharon Petrosino Monday. "It's hard to do our job this way."
December 29, 1989 |
Following is my annual select assortment of questionable products, services, pitches and practices, as reflected in one year's calls and letters from consumers. Many were already familiar, involving utilities, banks, insurance, time share properties, prize giveaway promotions, the IRS, retail service, credit cards, telemarketing and, of course, the invariable problems with new cars and car repairs.