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News Release
9/30/2014
Jamie Court, Carmen Balber & Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Small businesses in California have seen $250 million in health insurance rate hikes that regulators deemed unreasonable, but were powerless to stop without the rate regulation in Prop 45.  Nonetheless California’s big health insurance companies have begun running a deceptive new television advertisement against Proposition 45’s rate protections that features...
News Release
9/29/2014
Bob Pack & Carmen Balber
SACRAMENTO, CA – Bob Pack, who lost his two young children to a doctor-shopping driver, today called on the California Medical Association to immediately cease airing a television ad from opponents of Proposition 46 that the San Jose Mercury News called “shamelessly deceptive” and of which the LA Times said “practically everything it wants voters to believe about the...
News Release
9/29/2014
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today endorsed a new website, “Focus on the User” and a downloadable “widget” available on the site that demonstrates how Google favors its own services in local search results. View the web site here: http://focusontheuser.eu/ “Consumer Watchdog endorses the ‘Focus on the User’ project as an important way to...
Blog Post
9/10/2014
By John M. Simpson
I don’t often agree with Google, but today I must admit that the Internet giant said exactly the right thing and came out strongly in support of net neutrality. Net neutrality is the idea that all traffic is treated equally on the Internet.  The Federal Communications Commission is in the process of considering rules that could allow Internet service providers to offer priority...
Blog Post
9/8/2014
By John M. Simpson
The European Commission’s Competition Commissioner said over the weekend that Google’s proposed antitrust settlement is inadequate and added he would seek further concessions from the Internet giant. It’s clear to me that settlement talks will prove fruitless and that after almost four years of investigation and negotiation, it’s time for the competition authorities to...
Blog Post
8/29/2014
By John M. Simpson
An $8.5 million settlement  in a class action privacy lawsuit against Google “doesn’t pass the smell test” a federal judge said at a fairness hearing on the proposed deal Friday in San Jose, CA, indicating he will likely reject it. Five consumer privacy groups — Consumer Watchdog, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, The Center for Digital Democracy, Privacy...
News Release
9/30/2014
Jamie Court, Carmen Balber & Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Small businesses in California have seen $250 million in health insurance rate hikes that regulators deemed unreasonable, but were powerless to stop without the rate regulation in Prop 45.  Nonetheless California’s big health insurance companies have begun running a deceptive new television advertisement against Proposition 45’s rate protections that features...
News Release
9/29/2014
Bob Pack & Carmen Balber
SACRAMENTO, CA – Bob Pack, who lost his two young children to a doctor-shopping driver, today called on the California Medical Association to immediately cease airing a television ad from opponents of Proposition 46 that the San Jose Mercury News called “shamelessly deceptive” and of which the LA Times said “practically everything it wants voters to believe about the...
News Release
9/29/2014
John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today endorsed a new website, “Focus on the User” and a downloadable “widget” available on the site that demonstrates how Google favors its own services in local search results. View the web site here: http://focusontheuser.eu/ “Consumer Watchdog endorses the ‘Focus on the User’ project as an important way to...
Legal Update
6/16/2014
By Jerry Flanagan
Over the weekend, one of our federal employee "John Doe" clients received a nice surprise from his health insurer: the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association ("BCBS") will no longer charge higher (discriminatory) co-pays for HIV drugs and has taken HIV drugs off its mandatory mail-order drug list, which threatened patient health, safety, and privacy. Read the letter from BCBS here...
Legal Update
3/6/2014
By Laura Antonini
Attorneys at Consumer Watchdog and a group of law firms representing owners of Hyundai and Kia vehicles whose fuel economy (miles per gallon) was misrepresented by Hyundai and Kia say the terms of a proposed settlement between the vehicle manufacturers and two other plaintiffs’ law firms should be improved, according to a lengthy analysis prepared by the Consumer Watchdog team. The analysis...
Legal Update
3/6/2014
By Laura Antonini
On March 19, 2014, the California Court of Appeal will hold a hearing on DIRECTV’s attempt to force its customers who were wrongly charged early cancellation penalties to bring claims individually before private arbitrators rather than proceed in court as a class action. The class action lawsuit, brought by Consumer Watchdog’s attorneys on behalf of DIRECTV customers, claims that...
Video
9/26/2014
Consumer advocates filed two separate lawsuits against Cigna and Blue Shield of California for misrepresenting their physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales during the Affordable Care Act’s ‘open enrollment period’ that ended on March 31. “Blue Shield and Cigna lied to patients about the most important aspect of their health care plans: which doctors and...
Video
9/26/2014
Consumer advocates filed two separate lawsuits against Cigna and Blue Shield of California for misrepresenting their physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales during the Affordable Care Act’s ‘open enrollment period’ that ended on March 31. “Blue Shield and Cigna lied to patients about the most important aspect of their health care plans: which doctors and...
Video
9/26/2014
Consumer advocates filed two separate lawsuits against Cigna and Blue Shield of California for misrepresenting their physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales during the Affordable Care Act’s ‘open enrollment period’ that ended on March 31. “Blue Shield and Cigna lied to patients about the most important aspect of their health care plans: which doctors and...

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