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2/17/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Letter to Senate Rules Committee February 17, 2004 Honorable John Burton, Chair Senate Rules Committee State Capitol, Room 113 Sacramento, CA 95814 Re: Questions About Senator Perata's Personal Enrichment Should Be Investigated Dear Senator Burton: The possibility that a California State Senator may have funneled contributions through a...
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2/16/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
David Horowitz, the former television reporter who took over $136,000 from California utility companies to defend electricity deregulation in 1998 as the "way to cut our electric bills," is back on television. This time, he's backing a $20 billion consumer and taxpayer bailout of the utilities' deregulation disaster that has forced...
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2/15/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
'Environmental Group' Supports Utility Companies' Bailout of Nuclear Power; Gets $70,000 from Utilities When FTCR and other consumer organizations placed Proposition 9 on the November, 1998, ballot in California, the state's three private utility companies -- Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric...
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2/13/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
He supports the Insurance Industry, and it supports him Nothing conveys the impression of authority and objectivity better than academic credentials. That is why University of Virginia Law Professor Jeffrey O'Connell's role in the insurance reform debate is so troubling. O'Connell is known as "the father of no fault" based on his early and...
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2/12/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Academic aura for insurance propaganda organ. In its continuing quest to cloak its efforts in a more consumer-friendly disguise, the insurance industry has recruited numerous academic institutions and professors to front for it. But in the process of accepting insurance industry money, the recipients almost always destroy their own credibility as...
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2/11/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Group Would Decimate Jury System, Consumer Access to Court Common Good, a self-professed "legal reform" organization in the midst of a "radio tour" to promote changes in the law it claims will benefit average citizens, is in fact a stalking horse for powerful corporate interests, according to a report released by the non-profit, non-partisan...
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12/17/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
An Injured Worker & Price Grouged Patient's Message To The Gov Gov. Schwarzenegger: Please come outside to talk to me. Jodi Greggs, Sacramento, California Five years ago, Jodi Greggs, then a 38-year-old, much-in-demand Licensed Vocational Nurse, went to provide a "standby assist" for a 200-pound patient from his bed to his wheelchair. In...
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10/28/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In most states, laws require insurance companies to pay claims promptly and for the full amount covered by the policy. However, as most consumers know, getting an insurance company to pay your claim can be a difficult and stressful experience. The following checklist offers suggestions on how you can protect your rights if a fire, earthquake or...
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7/2/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SB 841 contains an exemption for soldiers sent abroad, but will cause many others to pay an average 38% more for auto insurance, including' 1. Poor people who can't afford to keep continuous insurance coverage. 2. The woman moving from welfare to work who now needs to drive. 3. An injured worker who can't drive for an extended period of time 4....
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5/21/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mercury Insurance, the sixth largest auto insurer in California, sells more than a billion dollars worth of insurance policies in California each year. Mercury has averaged an annual profit of $93 million over the past three years. But it's the small share of those profits that Mercury spends in Sacramento that may be the most important....