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News Story
5/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
On Thursday, a measure that would alter California law to increase the limits on medical malpractice compensation to about $1.1 million and mandate random drug testing for doctors in the state qualified for the November ballot, the Los Angeles Times' "PolitiCal" reports (Mason, "PolitiCal," Los Angeles Times, 5/15). The...
News Story
5/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California in November will vote on whether to raise a four-decade-old cap on medical malpractice awards to $1.1 million, from $250,000, officials said on Thursday, likely ensuring a bitter and costly fight between lawyers backing the measure and doctors who oppose it. Representatives of patients have tried for at least...
News Release
5/15/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Sacramento, CA  – More than 840,000 voter signatures turned in by consumer advocates and families victimized by medical negligence have qualified a landmark patient safety ballot measure for the November 2014 California ballot, according to the Secretary of State’s office.  Voters will have a chance then to enact the Troy and...
News Story
5/15/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A decades-long fight among powerful California interests is finally coming before voters, as the proponents of a push to increase the sum victims can recover in medical malpractice lawsuits announced Thursday that they've qualified for the November ballot. Supporters including Consumer Watchdog want to raise the $250,000 cap on pain and...
News Story
5/15/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
DANVILLE -- A voter initiative spurred by the drunk-driving deaths of two Danville siblings in 2003 has garnered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, the Secretary of State's office said Thursday. The Troy and Alana Pack Act, named for the son and daughter of Bob and Carmen Pack, would require random drug and alcohol testing...
News Story
5/15/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Measure to lift ceiling on medical malpractice judgments qualifies for California's November ballot - Voter initiative would require drug testing for doctors in California - California ballot measure rekindles fight between insurers, doctors and trial lawyers, consumer advocates What promises to be a hotly contested statewide voter...
News Story
5/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Peeved: A "Pee in the Cup" initiative to require random drug testing for doctors in California could qualify for the November ballot this week, setting up a battle royal between trial lawyers backing the measure and the medical industry. In addition to the drug-testing provision, the measure would lift the state's long-standing...
Video
5/9/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Imagine a Mother's Day without your kids. The moms in this video know too well what it feels like to miss a child on Mother's Day. Now they're doing something about it, and you can too. Watch their short and powerful video today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DigKdKblSl8 Every year, thousands of mothers lose their children to...
News Release
4/16/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – A USA Today report finds that 103,000 medical professionals are abusing prescription drugs every year, yet most of the addicted doctors are never caught and place their patients at risk. California will be the first state in the nation to require random drug testing of doctors if voters approve an initiative measure that...
News Release
4/10/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Santa Monica, CA – Leaders of the California Medical Association, who are fighting a ballot measure to increase public accountability for dangerous doctors, received nearly $5 million from taxpayers in Medicare payments, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.   A database at the New York Times...