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News Story
7/18/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Last week's announcement by UnitedHealth group, the nation's second largest health plan, that it will sell hundreds of thousands of its California patients to Blue Shield is much more than an innocuous business maneuver. The sale of "covered lives," as patients are called in the industry, without the sale of a company, a bankruptcy, or a merger...
News Release
7/6/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Group Sees Threat as an Attempt to Stifle Debate on an Important Civil Justice Issue The nation's largest court reporting company has threatened to sue a California consumer watchdog group over a white paper by the group that exposes the preferential nature of the company's contracts with insurers and other corporate defendants. Such contracts...
News Release
6/28/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Committee Accepts Key Amendments as Proposed by Consumer Group SB 877 (McPherson), a bill that would curb insurance company practices that seek to gain advantages over other parties in litigation through advantageous deals with court reporters cleared the Assembly Judiciary Committee Tuesday on a vote of 11-0. Amendments to strengthen the...
News Story
6/26/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Today's announcement of the mapping of the human genome by a private corporation and a public consortium should be met with suspicion as well as hope. The corporate bid to own and control information about the human genetic code is an omen of the next great struggle facing humanity. It makes real the question of whether corporations will be able...
News Story
6/26/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Los Angeles Times Longtime consumer TV show host David Horowitz's voice boomed through commercials last week as his piercing gaze adorned full-page newspaper ads and direct mailings, all railing against a Los Angeles City Council proposal to force cable TV companies to open their high-speed Internet lines to competitors.      ...
News Story
6/14/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
This week's unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling, that an HMO cannot be held accountable in federal court when its financial incentives to doctors for limiting treatment injure a patient, is only the latest blow in the ongoing assault on the rights and options of consumers to challenge repugnant, bedrock corporate practices. Justice David H....
News Story
5/17/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Fee Deals Put Focus On Court ReportersNewsday The notion that parties on both sides of a legal case come before a court that weighs the merits of each presentation to render a verdict is perhaps the most sacrosanct principle of the judicial system. But some observers say that special arrangements between companies and court reporters -sworn...
News Release
5/10/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Group Says Other States Should Follow Suit Joining several other states, the Montana Supreme Court has ruled that insurance companies' billing and practice rules that impose restrictions on an attorney's ability to fairly represent policyholders violate attorneys' ethical duties.1 The insurer's billing plan imposed a system of prior...
News Story
5/3/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Two years after Elensys Care Services Inc. ran into an explosion of disapproval over its use of pharmacies' confidential prescription records, the Massachusetts database-management company has taken an unusual approach to public relations. It went away. Without issuing a news release, Elensys dropped its old name and, in state documents filed last...
News Story
4/17/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Preferential treatment for companies weakens justice systemSan Francisco Chronicle Insurance companies have spent millions to weaken safety laws, attack our civil jury system and persuade the public that lawsuits by injured consumers need to be scaled back. They have continually misled the public and policymakers with the lie that if insurers...