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News Story
12/30/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Top Republicans say a medical malpractice crisis is threatening U.S. health care: Frivolous lawsuits are driving up malpractice insurance premiums and forcing physicians out of business. Doctors and hospitals live in fear of litigation, ordering excessive tests and treatments that make health care unaffordable for Americans. That’s why House...
News Story
12/5/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A Northern California lawmaker reintroduced legislation Monday intended to reform the state utilities commission, the powerful regulatory panel that has been under criminal investigation since 2014. The bill from state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would impose a series of changes at the California Public Utilities Commission that failed to...
News Release
10/22/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Lawmakers should overhaul the state Medical Board to create an all-public member board, wrote Consumer Watchdog in a letter to lawmakers today, and ensure physician oversight is conducted to protect the public interest, not doctors. The letter urged Senator Hill and Assembly Member Bonilla, chairs of the Senate and...
News Story
10/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
California has leaped to the forefront of protecting digital privacy -- from Big Brother, big business and even your Smart TV -- as Gov. Jerry Brown signed a raft of bills aimed at taming a world of increasingly surreptitious technology.     The new laws will prevent state and local law enforcement from snooping on emails without a...
Blog Post
8/26/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
The future of the Earth, and California's dependence on Big Oil, could be determined in these last three weeks of the Legislative session.     That’s one of the reasons we launched Capitol Watchdog, our new project to pull back the curtain on corporate corruption in the Capitol. These are some of the questions that will be...
News Release
7/8/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA. – Consumer Watchdog strongly supports the Consumer Privacy Protection Act introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. David N. Cicilline, D-RI, and co-sponsored by eleven other Democrats.  “This is a strong bill that provides important protections for consumers’ data,” said John M....
News Story
7/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A new bill introduced in the House on Wednesday would require companies to notify consumers within 30 days if hackers obtain “sensitive” information -- including photos, geolocation data and medical information. The Consumer Privacy Protection Act, introduced by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I. ) and backed by other Democrats, is a...
News Release
6/18/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – A California bill will implement the recommendation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s injury prevention report card that states require doctors to use state prescription drug databases as one of ten key factors to prevent injury deaths. “Drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury death in America, but...
News Release
4/30/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog strongly supports the Consumer Privacy Protection Act introduced today by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and five other Democratic Senators. “This is a strong bill that provides important protections for consumers’ data,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer...
Blog Post
4/28/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Check a patient’s medical record. It’s a simple fix to a tragic prescription drug epidemic. When you have an annual checkup, your doctor checks your vital signs and draws blood for testing. But before she even does that, what does she do? She checks your medical record. And yet, 90 percent of California doctors who prescribe strong,...