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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
3/9/1999
Consumer Watchdog
City News Service Motorists and others injured in auto accidents have received steadily lower payments from insurance companies since a 1988 state Supreme Court decision, according to a study released today. The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights found that insurers have doled out lower health care, wage loss and injury payments to...
News Story
2/25/1999
Rebecca Smith
Critics Question Timing of 4-Year Study's ReleaseSan Francisco Chronicle Auto insurance rates have dropped an average of 11.3 percent in California during the past four years, Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush said yesterday. Critics said the reductions have been less than what consumers deserved. In a Los Angeles press conference,...
News Story
2/25/1999
Liz Pulliam
States Say its the Biggest Four-Year Decline Ever; Consumer Advocates Complain that Savings Should Be Even GreaterLos Angeles Times Auto insurance rates in California dropped 5.7% last year and are down 11.3% since 1995, the largest four-year decline ever, the state Department of Insurance said Wednesday. The announcement immediately triggered...
News Story
2/23/1999
Mike McKee
The Recorder Richard Huber made that mistake in a story published Jan. 22 in The Hartford Courant, two days after jurors in San Bernardino hit Aetna U.S. Healthcare of California with a $120.5 million judgment for refusing to cover an experimental treatment for David Goodrich, a former deputy district attorney who subsequently died of stomach...
News Story
2/20/1999
Consumer Watchdog
Hartford Courant Aetna's $1 billion deal to buy Prudential HealthCare isn't sailing through the U.S. Justice Department's antitrust review as quickly as Aetna's previous health-care acquisitions. Aetna reported late Friday that the agency has issued a second request for information from the company, instead of clearing the deal in 30 days as it...
News Story
2/19/1999
Ron Lent
Journal of Commerce Of the three companies, Fireman's Fund, Novato, Calif., agreed to issue the largest refund to customers, $76.25 million. Surety bond specialist Insco/Dico Group, of Irvine, Calif. was next at $1.6 million. Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company, Lansing, Mich., added $404,803 to its refunds, bringing its total to $1.3...
News Story
2/18/1999
Consumer Watchdog
Hartford Courant Connecticut insurance regulators will hold a public hearing Friday on Aetna's planned purchase of Prudential HealthCare, which is drawing protests from the state medical society and a California consumer group. The hearing will start at 10 a.m. at the Department of Insurance, 10th floor of 153 Market St., Hartford -- the rear...
News Story
2/4/1999
Editorial
Los Angeles Times All California motorists are required to carry auto insurance, but more than 3 million drive uninsured, either dropping coverage as soon as their cars are registered or driving without registration. Most are flouting the law because they can't afford to comply. Insurance rates are astronomical in many urban areas. Take the...
News Story
2/1/1999
Robert F. Howe
You Can Sue Your Boss. You Can Even Sue the President. But Most Americans Can't Sue Their Health Insurer. Reform is Afoot to Change That.Time Magazine Attorney David Goodrich held an almost religious belief in playing by the rules. Certainly his deference to protocol and respect for others were plainly evident on the day in June 1992 when, in...
News Story
1/27/1999
Consumer Watchdog
Opinion Editorial by Jamie CourtLos Angeles Times Should the life and death appeals of HMO patients really be in the hands of private reviewers who are hired by the HMO and use private protocols to reach their decisions? Privatization advocates have long tried to turn public control of our schools, courts, public assistance systems and...