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Consumer Watchdog's experts and advocates are quoted every day in the printed press, online, and on TV and radio. Below are selections from our appearances in the news.

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3/25/2014
By Paul Jones, THE DAILY JOURNAL OF LOS ANGELES
Consumer attorneys, medical industry have not reach deal yet to raise MICRA limit Despite what consumer attorneys say was a willingness on their part to compromise on a push to raise California's cap on medical malpractice lawsuit payouts and avoid a costly ballot measure fight, they appeared almost certain late Monday to push forward with a...
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3/25/2014
By Jeremy Thomas, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
A Danville couple who lost two children to a drunken and drugged driver joined other victims of medical negligence on Monday to deliver signatures for a ballot measure partly aimed at curbing "doctor shopping" for prescription pills. Bob and Carmen Pack, whose 10-year-old son Troy and 7-year-old daughter Alana died in 2003, appeared at...
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3/25/2014
By Kathy Robertson, SACRAMENTO BUSINESS JOURNAL
Consumer Watchdog and bereaved parents who lost two children to medical negligence turned in 840,000 signatures Monday to qualify an initiative for the November ballot that would raise the $250,000 state cap on damages for pain and suffering to more than $1 million. Proponents need 504,760 verified signatures to land the measure on the Nov. 5...
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3/25/2014
By Susan Abram, THE DAILY NEWS OF LOS ANGELES
NORWALK >> Thousands of signatures on a controversial ballot initiative that would raise the malpractice cap on California’s negligent doctors were delivered to the Los Angeles County Clerk’s Office Monday. Standing behind piles of boxes filled with signature slips outside the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk building in Norwalk,...
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3/25/2014
By Dan Walters, SACRAMENTO BEE
The first serious kerfuffle to confront a newly inaugurated Gov. Jerry Brown in 1975 was a crisis – whether real or contrived is still being debated – over medical malpractice insurance. Doctors and insurers complained that outrageously high damage awards, especially in obstetrics cases, were making insurance unaffordable and demanded...
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3/25/2014
By Jim Barthold, FIERCE CABLE
Deep pockets for lobbying, political connections that cross borders from municipalities to the federal government, and just plain political savvy could help Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) overcome opposition from consumer groups to its proposed multi-billion-dollar acquisition of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC). The latest group to oppose the transaction,...
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3/24/2014
By Paul Jones, THE DAILY JOURNAL OF LOS ANGELES
Ballot measure to lift pain, suffering cap set to clear signature hurdle SACRAMENTO - In addition to lobbying lawmakers, tort lawyers last year threatened they'd turn to voters to raise the cap on medical malpractice suite payouts. Some observers initially greeted the move as a bluff, but as time wore on, it became increasingly clear that...
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3/24/2014
By Staff Writers, CENTRAL VALLEY BUSINESS TIMES
•  May make it to the November ballot •  “Doctor drug testing will become a standard all across America, just as it already is for pilots” Californians may be asked when they vote in November to determine if doctors should be tested for drug abuse. The requirement is contained in a proposed initiative for which more...
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3/24/2014
By Christina Cocca and Conan Nolan, KNBC TV-4 LOS ANGELES
Emotional families whose loved ones died as a result of medical negligence spoke out Monday and delivered enough signatures to get it on the November ballot Families who lost loved ones to medical negligence delivered thousands of signatures on Monday for a ballot measure that would require California doctors to undergo random drug testing. The...
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3/24/2014
By Melanie Mason, LOS ANGELES TIMES POLITICAL BLOG
SACRAMENTO -- Proponents of a measure to raise the cap on some medical malpractice damages submitted signatures Monday afternoon to qualify for the November ballot, paving the way for a costly initiative fight. The measure would change a 1975 California law that has limited pain and suffering damages in malpractice cases to $250,000. The law...