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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.

News Story
12/2/2014
By Staff Writers, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
Last week, the California Supreme Court agreed to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of the state's cap on pain-and-suffering awards in medical malpractice lawsuits, Modern Healthcare reports. Background on Cap Under California's 1975 Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act -- or MICRA -- pain-and-suffering damages are limited...
News Story
11/28/2014
By Wendy Lee, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Mark Daiss’ smartphone is more knowledgeable than the average device. It memorizes the Yahoo employee’s habits and where he lives and works. It can guess his next move and help him find the way to his next meeting. When he plugs in his headphones, it knows he wants to listen to music. At any moment, his phone will suggest what he...
News Story
11/28/2014
EDITORIAL, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
"Follow the money" is the rule in politics for figuring out the real reason something not quite logical is happening.     It appears to apply as well to the overdrugging of California foster youths, based on the latest in Bay Area News Group reporter Karen de Sá's ongoing series, "Drugging Our Kids" --...
News Story
11/27/2014
By Marc Pinter-Krainer, ONE NEWS PAGE
European Parliament vote sends clear message to regulators to go tough on Google Internet giant Google, already found guilty of abusing its dominant market share in online search to give its own products and services an unfair competitive advantage, has been given a clear signal of disapproval from Europe. The European Parliament on Thursday...
News Story
11/25/2014
By Staff Writers, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
Following an investigative report on medical errors at California hospitals, Consumer Watchdog sent a letter urging Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to audit the state's hospitals for such adverse events, FierceHealthcare reports (Budryk, FierceHealthcare, 11/24). Background An NBC Bay Area investigative report that found California hospitals in the last...
News Story
11/24/2014
By Karen de Sá, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
Scrutiny of doctors who prescribe psychotropic drugs to California foster children intensified Monday, with growing calls for regulators to consider whether financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies may be driving the excessive use of medication. Drugging Our Kids Read the Bay Area News Group investigation about psychiatric drugs...
News Story
11/24/2014
By Zack Budryk, FIERCE HEALTHCARE
A watchdog group called on California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to audit hospitals for medical errors in the wake of a local news report that found details on such events are not readily available. In a letter released last week, Consumer Watchdog told Brown, California Health and Human Services Secretary Diane Dooley and Department of Public Health...
News Story
11/21/2014
By Grant Gross, PCWORLD.COM
Members of the European Parliament are readying a motion calling for the break-up of Google, by separating its search engine functionality from other commercial services, according to news reports. A draft resolution calling for the break-up should be finalized early next week, with a vote potentially on Thursday, according to a report from The...
News Story
11/20/2014
By Steve Gorman, REUTERS
Nov 20 (Reuters) - AT&T Inc will pay $52 million in civil penalties and environmental compliance as part of a settlement with California over illegal dumping of hazardous waste but won't be required to clean up the resulting contamination, state officials said on Thursday. State officials said it marked the first enforcement action in...
News Story
11/20/2014
By Curt Barry, INSIDE CAL EPA
Barbara Lee, the new director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, is vowing against a need to "change anything or shake anything up in a big way" in the department's management or programs in the short-term, prompting concern from advocates who have urged a major overhaul of DTSC to fix what they claim is a flawed...