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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
8/19/1999
Bill Ainsworth
The San Diego Union-Tribune SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Gray Davis yesterday proposed a vast new set of rights for managed-care patients, including second opinions, an independent system for challenging HMO decisions and more help investigating complaints from a new consumer-friendly agency. Davis' plan also would allow patients to sue their health...
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8/19/1999
CARL INGRAM and MARK GLADSTONE
PROPOSALS INCLUDE GIVING PATIENTS LIMITED ABILITY TO SUELos Angeles Times Setting the terms of engagement on health care reform, Gov. Gray Davis on Wednesday outlined what he would accept in new HMO regulation, including letting patients sue their health plans and submit disputed medical decisions to independent reviewers. Davis, criticized for...
News Story
8/16/1999
Noel Brinkerhoff
State Net Capitol Journal Despite the change from two-party to one-party control of both policy-making branches of government, the traditional end-crunch of activity is shaping up no different -- and some say worst -- from past years when Democrats regularly sparred with Republican governors. In part that's because of the recent tensions between...
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8/10/1999
James Ridgeway
Courting DisasterVillage Voice Accident victims and others who seek damages in court occasionally doubt the independence of the judge, but who would have thought that they need to be wary of the most innocent-seeming of courtroom workers: the court reporter bent over the little machine taking down what's been said? According to the code of...
News Story
8/6/1999
Consumer Watchdog
Associated Press SACRAMENTO -- A group of HMO patients asked Gov. Gray Davis on Friday to meet with them to discuss their concerns about managed-care legislation. Last month, a group of business and labor leaders met with Davis behind closed doors to discuss proposed changes in California's HMO oversight. The Legislature is considering dozens...
News Story
7/30/1999
Consumer Watchdog
Associated Press BOSTON -- Some court reporters enter contracts with insurers and large corporate defendants that give those litigants an advantage in court, according to study released Friday by a consumer advocacy group. The study by the Foundation for Taxpayers and Consumer Rights indicates that though court reporters are supposed to be...
News Story
7/29/1999
Sacha Pfeiffer, Globe Correspondent
Partnerships raise ethical issueThe Boston Globe This week, hundreds of court reporters from across the country have gathered in Boston for the centennial anniversary of their role as silent observers who, methodically and unobtrusively, record every word uttered in courtroom proceedings and pretrial depositions. But amid the celebration and...
News Story
7/24/1999
John Howard
Associated Press Sacramento-- Even the well-heeled partisans in the fight over the year's major bill, a billion-dollar expansion of the right to file bad-faith lawsuits against insurers and others, don't have a clue about what's happening to the legislation, which was dumped into Capitol limbo after the Senate approved it two weeks ago. The...
News Story
7/19/1999
Scott Lindlaw
Associated Press SACRAMENTO -- Consumer-rights activist Ralph Nader scolded Gov. Gray Davis on Monday for providing ``the antithesis of leadership'' on health care, contending the governor's judgment has been clouded by campaign donations from HMOs. Nader, based in Washington, D.C., injected himself into California's increasingly acrimonious...
News Story
7/9/1999
Amy Pyle
Los Angeles Times Sacramento-- Consumers would have added recourse against insurance companies through a controversial measure that passed the Assembly on Thursday. The bill, SB 1237 by Sen. Martha Escutia (D-Whittier), would allow consumers to sue for bad faith when they think insurers have unfairly delayed or reduced settlements. Republicans...