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News Release
1/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog, Dep't of Insurance Win Victory to Protect Prop 103, Save Policyholders Billions Santa Monica, CA – The California Court of Appeal has rejected an attempt by the insurance industry to cripple the right of the public, under Proposition 103, to scrutinize and challenge unjustified rate increases.  The Court agreed with...
News Story
12/21/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LOS ANGELES, CA -- A Superior Court judge has approved a $750,000 settlement between Nextel Communications Inc. and customers, putting an end to a six year-old lawsuit over charges for paper bills. Los Angeles County Judge John Shepard Wiley Jr., filling in for Judge Anthony J. Mohr, approved the settlement Thursday. Mohr is currently sitting by...
News Story
11/16/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The revised Google Books settlement agreement may quiet international opponents, but it still gives Google a monopoly on commercializing out-of-print books where the copyrights are unclaimed and fails to protect consumer privacy, opponents said on Monday. Google is scanning and digitizing books in libraries and publishers' catalogs so people can...
News Story
11/15/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The policy issue behind the hubbub surrounding the secret recordings made by Jerry Brown's ex-spokesman stretches back to 1984, when Gov. George Deukmejian signed California¿s proof of auto insurance law, making it easier to cite someone for driving uninsured. In 1985, civil rights and community groups sued to challenge the law, arguing that...
News Story
11/5/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Chipmaker Used Bribes, Coercion To Get PC Makers To Shun Its Rivals, Cuomo Says NEW YORK, NY -- New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo filed an antitrust suit against Intel on Wednesday, accusing the world's largest chipmaker of illegally threatening computer makers and paying them billions of dollars in kickbacks to stop using chips made by...
News Story
10/28/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LOS ANGELES, CA -- A lawsuit claiming the California Department of Managed Care improperly allowed health insurers to decline payment for autism treatments will proceed to trial after a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge rebuked the state in a preliminary ruling. In Consumer Watchdog et. al. vs. California Department of Managed Health Care et...
News Story
10/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A lawsuit alleging state regulators allow insurance companies to deny necessary but expensive treatment for autistic children in violation of state law has enough merit to proceed to trial, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ruled. The lawsuit, filed in July by Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog, seeks to compel the California Department of...
News Story
10/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LOS ANGELES, CA -- A lawsuit seeking health care coverage for the use of applied behavioral analysis in the treatment of autism has been cleared for trial by the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Consumer Watchdog et. al. vs. California Department of Managed Health Care et. al. involves Kaiser Permanente’s denial of coverage for a child...
News Release
10/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA – A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge issued a ruling finding that the Schwarzenegger Administration has illegally sided with health insurance companies that deny access to care for autistic children.  A memo circulated by the Schwarzenegger Administration to health insurers was also ruled to be an illegal “...
News Story
10/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Refusing to cover a costly behavioral therapy because the care provider lacks a state license violates California law, a Los Angeles County judge finds. A tactic used by insurance companies to deny expensive behavioral therapy to autistic children has been deemed illegal by a Los Angeles judge. In a preliminary ruling, Los Angeles County Superior...