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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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10/9/1999
Lynda Gledhill
New state law allows bad-faith suitsSan Francisco Chronicle In a move praised by consumer advocates, Gov. Gray Davis signed legislation yesterday that restores the right of people injured in accidents to sue insurance companies. The legislation, sponsored by the trial lawyers, applies to all liability insurance, including auto and home. For...
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10/9/1999
Dan Smith
Sacramento Bee Closing an unusual legislative chapter involving the year's most heavily lobbied issue, Gov. Gray Davis on Friday signed two measures giving accident victims the right to sue insurance companies for "bad faith" handling of claims. California insurance companies, which bitterly fought the bills -- SB 1237 by Sen. Martha Escutia, D...
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10/8/1999
John Howard
Associated Press SACRAMENTO-- Gov. Gray Davis on Friday signed the trial lawyers' prized legislation of the year - a multibillion-dollar reinstatement of an accident victim's right to sue a rival insurance company for bad faith. The governor's action, culminating more than a decade of intense lobbying by the insurers and trial lawyers, largely...
News Story
9/29/1999
Alissa J. Rubin
CASE IS ONE OF SEVERAL INVOLVING RESPONSIBILITY FOR INJURIES TO PATIENTS. LOWER COURT UPHELD RIGHT TO SUE DESPITE FEDERAL BAR.Los Angeles Times Patients and the managed health care industry will soon face off in the U.S. Supreme Court over whether patients can sue a health plan that puts its bottom line ahead of patient care. The high court...
News Story
9/28/1999
James Sterngold
New York Times Gov. Gray Davis signed a package of bills today that will give patients a variety of new rights in their relationship with health maintenance organizations in California and could well influence managed health care coverage across the country. Most important, the broad set of bills, hammered out between advocates on both sides...
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9/28/1999
Steven A. Capps
Sacramento Bee Establishing a system that consumer advocates say will put California at the forefront of the patients' rights movement, Gov. Gray Davis on Monday signed a sweeping package of health care reforms, topped by a measure that will let patients sue their HMOs for denying them medically necessary treatment. The 21-bill legislative...
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9/28/1999
Scott Lindlaw
Associated Press A wide-ranging new package of health care laws that grants Californians the right to sue HMOs for damages has raised hopes among consumer advocates and Democratic officials that the federal government will follow suit. "Now that the state that pioneered HMOs is pioneering HMO liability reform, there's very little objection...
News Story
9/27/1999
Jim Moret and Charles Feldman
SHOW: CNN THE WORLD TODAY 20:00 pm ETTranscript # 99092710V23CNN California governor Gray Davis signed legislation earlier today allowing many patients to sue health insurers if they can prove they've been harmed by decisions about treatment. The reform package also entitles patients to appeal denials of treatment to independent reviewers. THIS...
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9/24/1999
Daniel B. Wood
Christian Science Monitor In an ambitious health-care reform package expected to spur similar changes nationwide, California will soon offer medical consumers a wide range of new benefits - including access to second medical opinions and the right to sue health-maintenance organizations for punitive damages. Some states have already passed...
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9/13/1999
Robert L. Sharp
Agreements giving 'an advantage to any party' would be outlawedThe Legal Intelligencer A court reporter hired by a litigant would no longer be allowed to give that client preferential treatment under proposed legislation in Pennsylvania. The bill would ban court reporters from offering their clients price discounts, more timely service or other...