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Blog Post
5/18/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The corporate attack on California consumer protection laws suffered a setback today. The California Supreme Court rejected the tobacco industry’s attempt to gut consumers’ ability to bring class actions under one of the state’s consumer protection laws (known as the Unfair Competition Law or “UCL”). The case stems...
Blog Post
5/18/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Here's the latest from the Associated Press about a new California Supreme Court case allowing a false advertising case against the tobacco industry to proceed and clarifying guidelines for future cases: The California Supreme Court has revived a class action lawsuit against the tobacco industry alleging its advertisements misled consumers into...
News Release
5/1/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Lawsuit Seeking Refunds for Violations of Proposition 103 Will Proceed   Santa Monica, CA ­– Safeco Insurance Company will be required to disclose which customers it surcharged due to their lack of prior continuous automobile insurance coverage, the California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles has ruled.  Plaintiffs allege that...
Blog Post
3/3/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Five years ago, AIG's then-Chairman, Hank Greenberg, compared lawyers who sue corporations on behalf of injured plaintiffs with terrorists.   Back in 2004, The Washington Post reported: "It's almost like fighting the war on terrorists," Greenberg told Boston College's Chief Executives' Club. "I call the plaintiff's bar...
News Release
2/20/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Groups Want Reversal On Ruling That Companies Can Continue Illegal Practices Until Someone Gets Hurt   Santa Monica, CA -- In an extraordinary request made late yesterday, eight public interest organizations asked the California Supreme Court to scrap its recent decision barring consumers from going to court to block unlawful terms in a...
News Story
3/10/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LOS ANGELES, CA -- California insurance companies must comply with state regulations requiring them to pay the legal and expert fees of consumers or groups that challenge a proposed rate change if the challenge impacts the end result, whether a formal hearing takes place or not, according to a Los Angeles Superior Court ruling. The March 7 ruling...
News Story
12/29/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LetterChamp writes wrongs When Theo Brown scored a high-end, newly released computer on Dell's Web site for less than $2,000 in 2006, he was jubilant at getting a good deal. But his mood soured when he got an e-mail saying delivery would be delayed indefinitely. "I called customer service and got put on hold, then went through voice mail hell...
Feature
3/18/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Medical malpractice insurance companies have made an art form out of deflecting responsibility for doctors' high insurance rates. The insurers claim, in the court of public opinion, that if patients' legal rights are limited - typically with a cap on noneconomic damages in malpractice lawsuits - then doctors' premiums will drop......