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News Story
11/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
For the second time this year, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge held off on giving preliminary approval to a legal settlement that could credit or refund tens of millions of dollars to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers who were overcharged after the bungled rollout of a new billing system. At a Tuesday hearing, Judge Elihu...
News Story
11/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A judge once again Tuesday declined to accept a proposed settlement meant to resolve tens of millions of dollars in overpayment by Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers amid the agency’s troubled $181 million billing system overhaul. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle suggested about a dozen revisions to the...
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 Release
11/2/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
Los Angeles, CA -- Consumer Watchdog and overbilled ratepayers today urged Los Angeles City leaders to immediately fix or withdraw a “breathtakingly anti-consumer settlement agreement” over tens of millions of dollars in overbilling at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). In a letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti and City...
News Story
11/2/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Los Angeles customers overcharged by the Department of Water and Power's flawed new billing system would be ill-served by a $44 million settlement on their behalf,  a consumer advocacy group said Monday. Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court called on Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Attorney's office to re-negotiate the DWP's...
Video
11/2/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Randy Paige reports on how Consumer Watchdog and ratepayers today urged L.A. city leaders to fix or withdraw what they call a bad settlement over millions in overbilling by the LADWP.
News Story
11/2/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) – Consumer advocates held a news conference in Santa Monica Monday to urge the Mayor of Los Angeles and the city attorney to renegotiate the proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The proposed settlement promises to pay back DWP customers who were...
News Story
11/2/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A ruling is expected Tuesday on a proposed lawsuit settlement over faulty bills sent to thousands of customers by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. But highlighting the discord in the case, attorneys representing ratepayers in different lawsuits against the DWP disagree about whether the settlement is fair. Also, a consumer watchdog...
News Story
11/2/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Consumer advocates are asking Los Angeles city leaders to reject a proposed settlement for thousands of customers overcharged by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Jaime Court with Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica-based consumer advocacy group, said the settlement will not help get customers the money they are...
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...