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News Release
7/31/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog Campaign said that the smaller than usual rate hikes announced by Covered California today are good news for consumers and resulted in part from the presence of Proposition 45 on the ballot, which would require health insurance companies to get state approval before raising rates as they must in 35 other...
News Release
7/30/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court, Carmen Balber & Rob Leonard
Santa Monica, CA --- The Proposition 45 campaign today said that WellPoint’s massive $731.1 million second quarter profit underscores the need for Proposition 45’s protections against health insurance price gouging. The profit report comes a day after the California Insurance Commissioner reported steep health insurance rate hikes for...
News Release
7/30/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
Sacramento, Calif. – The medical malpractice insurance industry and hospitals are the biggest force bankrolling the campaign against a patient safety initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot, pumping in more than two-thirds of the $41 million war chest amassed by Proposition 46 foes, according to campaign finance disclosure documents. After profiting...
News Release
7/29/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
Sacramento, CA – Two powerful labor groups, the California Teamsters Public Affairs Council and the California Conference Board–Amalgamated Transit Union, have joined the growing list of organizations and individuals that support Proposition 46, the patient safety initiative on California’s Nov. 4 ballot. “Patient safety is...
Blog Post
7/24/2014
By John M. Simpson
Remember back in 2011 when Google settled  with the U.S. Department of Justice on charges that it was knowingly selling advertising on its site to Canadian pharmacies that led to illegal importation of prescription drugs? The Internet giant paid $500 million as a penalty.  Apparently the settlement didn’t have a tremendous impact...
News Release
7/24/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Michael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA – A record high 46 doctors were disciplined for substance abuse last year according to a report prepared for a meeting of the California Medical Board today. Yet that record-breaking number represents just a fraction of the number of doctors likely to be abusing substances in California at any given time, said advocates with...
News Release
7/24/2014
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Laura Antonini
Santa Monica, CA - Consumer Watchdog attorneys representing consumers dissatisfied with the proposed nationwide settlement of a class action against Hyundai and Kia over misrepresenting the fuel economy of their vehicles are continuing their advocacy this morning in federal court in Los Angeles, seeking additional improvements in the settlement....
Blog Post
7/23/2014
By John M. Simpson
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.VA.) has sent a blistering letter to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA.), chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform, accusing him of “using heavy-handed, bullying tactics to undermine due process and to inappropriately assist the defendant, LabMD” by calling a hearing Thursday about the Federal Trade...
News Release
7/23/2014
CONTACT Pamela Pressley
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog has petitioned Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to hold public hearings on the excessive rates of three top homeowners insurers – Allstate, CSAA, and Liberty Mutual. Additionally, Consumer Watchdog petitioned the Commissioner to reject CSAA’s (Northern California Auto Club) request to hike...
News Release
7/22/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google spent $5.03 million on lobbying in the second quarter of 2014, matching a company record and well ahead of spending by 14 other technology and communications companies, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Google’s spending matched...