February 24, 1999 |
Opponents of ATM surcharges may take their fight to the ballot box. The California Public Interest Research Group is considering a statewide initiative campaign after it failed last week in its attempt to get San Francisco's Board of Supervisors to ban such charges, which most banks levy on non-customers who use their automated teller machines. The fees, typically $1.50 to $2 per ATM visit, are charged on top of any fee that the ATM user's own bank levies for using a "foreign" ATM.
June 27, 2002 |
Three consumer advocacy groups sued to overturn a U.S. rule that gives auto makers a choice in how they meet a requirement to install tire-pressure monitors in all vehicles, saying it allows "an inferior system." Public Citizen, the Center for Auto Safety and the New York Public Interest Research Group filed a petition against the Transportation Department in U.S. appeals court in New York. The rule issued in May is arbitrary because it lets companies such as General Motors Corp.
September 2, 1998 |
Raising the specter of widespread shutdowns of ATMs, a group of major banks, retailers and ATM technology companies pressed senators to oppose an effort to outlaw double-charging on teller machine transactions. In a letter to all senators, the group maintained that the ban proposed by Banking Committee Chairman Alfonse M. D'Amato (R-N.Y.) is "anti-competitive" and a form of government price controls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1996
One day after two consumer organizations warned parents about hidden dangers in the county's and nation's playgrounds, an 8-year-old Reseda boy was knocked unconscious Friday after falling from an apparatus that may not meet the study's guidelines. The boy, who was scheduled for release after suffering a fractured leg, was airlifted from St. Francis Elementary School in Sherman Oaks to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
December 5, 1996 |
From Erector Sets to cars, consumer groups complained Wednesday about advertisements they said are misleading, but the companies fought back, defending the ads as accurate. "It makes me wonder who put them up to this," said Fred Hammond of Volvo, which was criticized for an ad comparing the handling of its station wagon with that of a BMW sedan. The Consumer Federation of America singled out a Volvo ad suggesting the car is faster and handles better than the BMW.
September 5, 1996 |
As much as 98% of the money raised by legislative candidates in 1994 races came from outside their districts, according to a study released Wednesday by a group trying to limit those donations. "Out-of-district, special interest money dominates California politics," said Mary Raftery of the California Public Interest Research Group. "The Legislature is beholden to those interests." CalPIRG, as the organization is called, is backing a Nov.
November 21, 1994 |
Report on Dangerous Toys: As the Christmas shopping season gets under way this week, the California Public Interest Research Group will release a list of toys it says could pose a risk to young children. The organization says 11 of the 24 toys on the list violate federal small-parts standards for toys designed for children younger than 3. Children could choke by swallowing such parts, CalPIRG said.
August 18, 1993 |
Of the 7,000 "major facilities" that the government monitors for discharges into the nation's waterways, nearly one in five violated federal water pollution laws, an environmental group said Tuesday. A review of Environmental Protection Agency data disclosed that 18% of the nation's industrial, municipal and federal facilities repeatedly violated the Clean Water Act, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a Washington-based nonprofit consumer and environmental organization.
February 1, 1990 |
Democrats on average take more money from special interests than Republicans, but both parties "are equally beholden to special interests," a consumer and environmental advocacy group says. The California Public Interest Research Group has released a study of last year's campaign contributions to legislators, which concludes that only 2% of their contributions were under $100.