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News Story
9/20/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The health insurer, accused of dumping sick policyholders, says it will alter procedures. Blue Cross of California said Tuesday that it would change some of its procedures for canceling individual health insurance policies, after allegations that it illegally dumped sick policyholders to avoid expensive claims. The state's largest health insurer...
News Story
7/7/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Former AT&T Wireless customers say they are being overcharged for using a new network. Former AT&T Wireless customers accused Cingular Wireless in a lawsuit Thursday of misleading them about the benefits of combining the two companies and overcharging them for upgrading service. Despite a "massive marketing campaign" that...
News Story
5/16/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
TALLAHASSEE, FL -- Two Mercury General Corp. subsidiaries have been ordered to pay more than $2 million in refunds to policyholders for engaging in improper claims settlements and charging rates not approved by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, the OIR said. The consent order from the OIR came after a lengthy market-conduct examination...
News Story
4/28/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Customers of Blue Cross and Blue Shield say they were dumped after incurring medical costs. In 13 lawsuits filed Thursday, former policyholders complained that two health plan operators systematically dumped members after receiving bills for their medical care. The complaints, filed in Los Angeles, Ventura and Sonoma counties, join 10 lawsuits...
Blog Post
7/19/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Arnold's contempt for Californians may soon have an official sanction. Today Sacramento Superior Court Judge Judy Hersher ordered the Gov and top officials to appear in court August 17th to explain why they should not be held in contempt of court for willfully violating an order requiring implementation of safe hospital staffing rules. Following...
News Release
5/23/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Court Says FTCR Can't Sue Cell Phone Company Under New Ballot Measure Los Angeles, CA -- Nextel used a 2004 ballot measure that voters were told would stop "shakedown" lawsuits to get a lawsuit charging the cell phone company with unfair billing practices thrown out of court today. The case was brought against Nextel in 2003 by the...
News Story
4/1/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Big Business Succeeds in Gutting California's Landmark Consumer Protection Law Multinational Monitor Vol.26 March/April California's Unfair Competition Law was the strongest consumer protection law of its kind in the United States when Proposition 64 drastically scaled it back this past November. The initiative, which passed by a 59-to-41 percent...
Blog Post
3/3/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Last December, Arnold shamelessly bragged that he was kicking nurses' butts in Sacramento after he threw out patient protection rules guaranteeing that hospitals have enough nurses on duty. But a tentative court ruling today canned the governor's order, saving the butts of countless California patients. The result was predictable given the...
News Story
6/23/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Opinion: The Supreme Court seems to have made the right legal judgment this week when it ruled that patients cannot sue in state courts when their managed care plans refuse to pay for treatments ordered by doctors. The nine justices' unanimous decision, expressed in majority and concurring opinions, left no room for doubt that a federal law known...
News Story
11/17/1996
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Health maintenance organizations, which care for more than 60 million people, are telling courts across the country that they cannot be held responsible for medical malpractice in cases involving patients who receive care through employer-sponsored health plans. The H.M.O.'s argue that they are protected against malpractice claims and lawsuits by...