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News Story
8/20/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
A ballot-measure battle over medical-malpractice awards and drug testing of doctors arrived on the airwaves Tuesday, with opponents of the initiative rolling out statewide television and radio ads. The ad buys mark the first major salvo in the contest over Proposition 46, which is primed to be one of the costliest fights of the November election....
News Story
8/20/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
WASHINGTON -- Just hours after Facebook officially went public on the New York Stock Exchange on May 18, 2012, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) signed a bill that granted the multibillion-dollar company an enormous tax break on its data center in Prineville, Oregon. The legislation, dubbed the "Facebook bill" by local media, changed the...
News Release
8/19/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
SANTA MONICA, CA – Medical malpractice and health insurance companies have given $45 million, or 77%, of the $58 million to the campaign against Proposition 46 as they rake in profits at the expense of doctor and patient policyholders, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today. The No on 46 campaign released its first ads this week, claiming...
News Story
8/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this report. In a California Healthline report by Kenny Goldberg, experts discussed the arguments surrounding Proposition 46, a November ballot measure designed to improve patient safety by targeting physicians -- raising the pain-and-suffering limit on malpractice lawsuits, requiring drug-testing of...
News Release
8/4/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – Six health insurance companies financing the No on Proposition 45 committee have donated $37.3 million through June 30, 2014 against the ballot measure to regulate health insurance rates in California, according to campaign finance reports filed recently with the Secretary of State. This is more than three times the $12...
News Story
7/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Responding to his predecessor's ethically controversial departure, the president and chief executive of California's stem cell agency said Thursday he is taking legal steps to minimize conflicts of interests with those who have business before the agency. C. Randal Mills said he will not take a job with any company funded by the...
News Story
7/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of the former president of California's stem cell research funding agency jumping to the board of a company the agency funded, his successor declared he will not accept a job with any company funded by the agency within a year of leaving the post or accept gifts or travel from any company, institution or individual that receives...
News Release
4/28/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog, a national public interest group, today expressed deep concern about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s appointment of Google Chairman Eric Schmidt to the New York Smart Schools Commission to advise the state on how to invest proceeds from the proposed $2 billion bond act and bring technology into classrooms...
News Story
4/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of a $10-million payout to a whistleblower, UCLA's School of Medicine is drawing more scrutiny over its financial ties to industry and the possibility that they compromised patient care. A new study in this month's Journal of the American Medical Assn. raised a red flag generally about university officials such as Eugene...
News Story
4/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
More than 1,000 physicians on the North Coast received upward of $114 million in Medicare payments in 2012, according a new federal database that gives consumers an unprecedented look inside their doctors' practices. The amount is part of $77 billion Medicare paid out to more than 880,000 doctors across the United States under the Medicare...