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9/11/2014
Jamie Court, Carmen Balber, & Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA — The largest health insurance companies in California have contributed $37 million to defeat Proposition 45, but are hiding from voters in deceptive new campaign advertising that violates disclosure laws and should be pulled from the radio, said Consumer Watchdog. Campaign disclosure law requires initiative committees to disclose the economic interests of their largest...
News Release
9/11/2014
Bob Pack & Jamie Court
Danville, CA --- Today Bob Pack, the author of Proposition 46, called on California television and radio stations to recall No on 46 ads because they mislead voters by claiming “patients” instead of insurance companies are behind the campaign.  Pack filed a formal complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission that No on 46 has violated California campaign disclosure laws...
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9/11/2014
Proposition 45 reached the footsteps of Blue Shield's office in San Francisco. Prop 45 supporters are upset Blue Shield bought a luxury sky box for 49ers games, and they say the nonprofit health insurer should not be spending money on luxury suites.
Blog Post
9/10/2014
By John M. Simpson
I don’t often agree with Google, but today I must admit that the Internet giant said exactly the right thing and came out strongly in support of net neutrality. Net neutrality is the idea that all traffic is treated equally on the Internet.  The Federal Communications Commission is in the process of considering rules that could allow Internet service providers to offer priority...
Blog Post
9/8/2014
By John M. Simpson
The European Commission’s Competition Commissioner said over the weekend that Google’s proposed antitrust settlement is inadequate and added he would seek further concessions from the Internet giant. It’s clear to me that settlement talks will prove fruitless and that after almost four years of investigation and negotiation, it’s time for the competition authorities to...
Blog Post
8/29/2014
By John M. Simpson
An $8.5 million settlement  in a class action privacy lawsuit against Google “doesn’t pass the smell test” a federal judge said at a fairness hearing on the proposed deal Friday in San Jose, CA, indicating he will likely reject it. Five consumer privacy groups — Consumer Watchdog, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, The Center for Digital Democracy, Privacy...
News Release
9/11/2014
Jamie Court, Carmen Balber, & Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA — The largest health insurance companies in California have contributed $37 million to defeat Proposition 45, but are hiding from voters in deceptive new campaign advertising that violates disclosure laws and should be pulled from the radio, said Consumer Watchdog. Campaign disclosure law requires initiative committees to disclose the economic interests of their largest...
News Release
9/11/2014
Bob Pack & Jamie Court
Danville, CA --- Today Bob Pack, the author of Proposition 46, called on California television and radio stations to recall No on 46 ads because they mislead voters by claiming “patients” instead of insurance companies are behind the campaign.  Pack filed a formal complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission that No on 46 has violated California campaign disclosure laws...
News Release
9/10/2014
Jerry Flanagan & Edith Kallas
Santa Monica, CA -- Patients with HIV and AIDS enrolled in health coverage provided by United Healthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer, may now “opt-out” of a requirement that they obtain their medications by mail-order if they have privacy or delivery concerns, or if they have difficulty discussing their HIV medications over the phone.  The settlement providing the...
Legal Update
6/16/2014
By Jerry Flanagan
Over the weekend, one of our federal employee "John Doe" clients received a nice surprise from his health insurer: the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association ("BCBS") will no longer charge higher (discriminatory) co-pays for HIV drugs and has taken HIV drugs off its mandatory mail-order drug list, which threatened patient health, safety, and privacy. Read the letter from BCBS here...
Legal Update
3/6/2014
By Laura Antonini
Attorneys at Consumer Watchdog and a group of law firms representing owners of Hyundai and Kia vehicles whose fuel economy (miles per gallon) was misrepresented by Hyundai and Kia say the terms of a proposed settlement between the vehicle manufacturers and two other plaintiffs’ law firms should be improved, according to a lengthy analysis prepared by the Consumer Watchdog team. The analysis...
Legal Update
3/6/2014
By Laura Antonini
On March 19, 2014, the California Court of Appeal will hold a hearing on DIRECTV’s attempt to force its customers who were wrongly charged early cancellation penalties to bring claims individually before private arbitrators rather than proceed in court as a class action. The class action lawsuit, brought by Consumer Watchdog’s attorneys on behalf of DIRECTV customers, claims that...
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9/11/2014
Proposition 45 reached the footsteps of Blue Shield's office in San Francisco. Prop 45 supporters are upset Blue Shield bought a luxury sky box for 49ers games, and they say the nonprofit health insurer should not be spending money on luxury suites.
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9/3/2014
Prop 46 pushes to increase malpractice liability for doctors.
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8/24/2014
Dr. Loyd is an Internal Medicine physician and medical educator in Tennessee with expertise in proper prescribing of controlled substances and substance use disorders.  He is in recovery from his own prescription opioid and benzodiazepine disorder and now regularly lectures and educates health care professionals, law enforcement, policymakers, and others on the dangers of prescription...

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