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News Story
3/25/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumers' growing appetite for healthier fare is pushing together two of the world's largest processed-food companies — a deal that would combine an extensive shopping list of household names including Heinz Ketchup, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Oscar Mayer Wieners and Jell-O. H.J. Heinz Co.'s plan to buy Kraft Foods Group Inc....
News Release
3/20/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Trade Commission to re-open its antitrust investigation of Google and urged the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee to hold a hearing probing how the Internet giant escaped prosecution for its anticompetitive practices. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group acted in...
News Story
3/20/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Yet the FTC publicly announced the exact opposite conclusion. The Wall Street Journal has acquired and released internal Federal Trade Commission documents that raise some interesting questions about the FTC's official handling of an antitrust investigation into Google's practices. Specifically, FTC staff members...
News Release
3/13/2015
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog, the California-based non-profit that sued DIRECTV for abusive practices 7 years ago on behalf of overcharged consumers, hailed the Federal Trade Commission’s decision to take legal action against the satellite company for similar anti-consumer practices. And it said the FTC’s sister agency,...
News Story
2/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Health Net used bait-and-switch tactics to enroll Californians into its inferior health plans under the federal Affordable Care Act, a class claims in court. Rebecca Lehman, of Los Angeles County, and Heather Womick, of Orange County, filed the complaint on December 19 in Los Angeles Superior Court against Health Net of California Inc., and its...
Video
2/4/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Randy Paige with KCBS TV-2 details how an actress claims Health Net’s “bait and switch” tactics forced her to pay $12,000 out-of-pocket for cancer treatment, an accusation echoed by at least two more women who are part of a class-action lawsuit against the insurance company.
News Release
2/3/2015
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA – In advance of a California legislative hearing on health care “costs” not scheduled to include testimony from consumers, consumer advocates will discuss the real financial threat patients face in a class-action lawsuit against Health Net for misrepresenting their physician and hospital networks.  The...
News Story
2/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — An actress claims Health Net’s “bait and switch” tactics forced her to pay $12,000 out-of-pocket for cancer treatment, an accusation echoed by at least two more women who are part of a class-action lawsuit against the insurance company. The lawsuit, which was filed late in 2014 and will...
Courtroom Case
2/3/2015
Posted by Laura Antonini
Lehman, et al. v. Health Net of California, Inc. et al, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC567361 Consumer Watchdog has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of thousands of California consumers against Health Net for misrepresenting its physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales during the Affordable Care Act’s...
News Release
1/21/2015
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento Superior Court has rejected an attack by Mercury and other insurance companies on state regulations that prevent insurance companies from making their policyholders pay for non-insurance expenses like political lobbying and sporting event sponsorships. The regulation is part of the landmark Prop 103 insurance...