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News Story
12/14/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Supreme Court said Monday that a class-action suit against satellite TV provider ­DirecTV over early-termination fees cannot go forward, because such complaints must be settled by private arbitration hearings. The court ruled 6 to 3 that its previous decisions on the subject mean that California consumers may not rely on a state law that...
Legal Update
12/14/2015
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
In the latest of a series of decisions closing the courthouse doors on consumers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning, 6 to 3, that DIRECTV customers in California who were illegally charged “cancellation fees” of up to $480 – often taken directly out of a consumer’s bank account or charged to a credit card without...
News Release
11/3/2015
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA -- The Department of Managed Health Care’s (DMHC) settlement announced today does not ensure that Blue Shield customers are fully reimbursed for the costs they incurred as a result of the company’s misrepresentations regarding its network of doctors and hospitals, according to Consumer Watchdog who along with The Arns...
News Story
11/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
California regulators fined two insurance giants for overstating their Obamacare doctor networks and said the companies will pay millions of dollars in refunds to patients who paid too much for care. The state’s Department of Managed Health Care levied fines of $350,000 against Blue Shield of California and $250,000 for Anthem Blue Cross. At...
News Story
10/29/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Anthem Blue Cross of California has agreed to pay $8.3 million to settle a pair of class action lawsuits challenging mid-year changes it made to customers’ deductibles in 2011, a consumer advocacy group announced Tuesday. The health insurer has also agreed not to make similar changes in the future, unless new laws or regulations specifically...
News Story
10/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to stop making mid-year changes that raise out-of-pocket costs for individual consumers -- and to refund $8.3 million to people who paid them in 2011. Announced Tuesday, the agreement settles a class action in Los Angeles County Superior Court that alleged breach of contract and unfair business practices that reduced...
News Story
10/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to refund $8.3 million to tens of thousands of its members in California to settle a class-action lawsuit over mid-year changes to its health plans, the Los Angeles Times reports (Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, 10/27). Background In mid-2011, the insurer increased annual deductibles, out-of-pocket limits and...
News Release
10/27/2015
Posted by Eddie B
Santa Monica, CA -- Under a class action settlement announced today, Anthem Blue Cross in California will no longer make mid-year changes to individual customers’ annual deductibles, co-pays, or other out-of-pocket costs and will refund $8.3 million to consumers.   The settlement resolves two lawsuits challenging mid-year changes Anthem...
News Story
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A state judge recommended Monday that one of California's largest utilities pay a nearly $17 million penalty for engaging in improper talks with regulators related to the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant. In a proposed decision, California Public Utilities Commission Administrative Law Judge Melanie Darling wrote...
News Story
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Anthem Blue Cross, one of the state's largest health insurers, has agreed to a class-action lawsuit settlement that requires it to refund $8.3 million to roughly 50,000 policyholders, and refrain from making mid-year changes to consumers' annual deductibles, co-pays and other out-of-pocket costs. The settlement resolves two lawsuits...