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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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3/31/2014
By Thomas Halleck, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is considering a bill pay feature for Google Now, the company’s digital personal assistant. A framework for the potential feature was uncovered in lines of code that appeared in a recent software update (version 3.3) to Google’s main Search app for Android devices, uncovered by tech blog AndroidPolice....
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3/31/2014
By Josh Richman, BAY AREA NEWS GROUP POLITICAL BLOTTER BLOG
A ballot measure to raise California’s decades-old limit on medical-negligence lawsuit awards has gained a high-profile supporter: U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer. Bob and Carmen Pack of Danville, whose two children were killed by a drugged driver in 2003, submitted 840,000 signatures a week ago to qualify their measure for November’s ballot...
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3/31/2014
By Sharon Bernstein, REUTERS
(Reuters) - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer endorsed a proposed California ballot initiative on Monday to raise the state's cap on medical malpractice awards, the first salvo in a political fight between lawyers backing the measure and doctors who oppose it. Consumer advocates in the most populous U.S. state submitted signatures last week to place...
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3/29/2014
By Kathleen Pender, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Getting a single traffic ticket on your license could raise your auto insurance premiums, in some cases substantially, according to a study released last week by InsuranceQuotes. This is especially true in California, where your driving-safety record by law must be the most important factor in determining your rate. Even though...
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3/28/2014
By David Nather, POLITICO
Time’s up, Obamacare. Ready for your grades? After six months, the first enrollment season is coming to an end. So it’s time to take stock, with POLITICO’s report card that covers the highs and lows of the rollout. If you’re a supporter of the law, you might be cringing right now — you know the areas where the grade...
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3/26/2014
By Catherine Rauch, OAKLAND MAGAZINE
Driven around Oakland lately, and noticed anything, well, large and troubling? That would be a billboard at 22nd Street, almost at Grand, boldly declaring that 2 in 10 doctors will be alcohol or drug impaired, with a toll-free number to report suspected abusers. Say what? That’s 20 percent. And what does “will be … impaired...
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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,...