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News Release
8/15/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Fifteen women and mothers whose lives have been devastated by medical negligence wrote to the CEOs of Planned Parenthood today asking them to reverse a position that is devastating to women’s health and access to justice in California. The letter asked the CEOs to reverse their position on a proposed ballot measure...
News Story
7/20/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
In the spring of 1975, physicians in the Bay Area walked off the job. The strike, triggered by a fourfold increase in malpractice insurance premiums, soon spread across the state. Doctors, hospitals and patients were shaken. With two major insurers threatening to cancel negligence policies in the state, the Legislature met in special session and...
News Story
5/20/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Drug testing for California doctors? They’re calling it the “Pee in the Cup’’ initiative — a proposed state ballot measure that would require doctors to be randomly subjected to drug and alcohol testing, the same way bus drivers are. It’s being pushed by a tech mogul who’s on a very personal crusade...
News Story
5/20/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A proposed state ballot measure in California would require doctors to be randomly subjected to drug and alcohol testing. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/10PKfJP ) the "Pee in the Cup" initiative is being pushed by Bob Pack, a technology mogul and former executive at AOL Inc. and NetZero...
News Release
5/10/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Medical Board took four years to suspend the license of a Central Valley doctor who gave drugs and alcohol to minors, more evidence that doctors are unaccountable when they harm patients and the public in California, said Consumer Watchdog.   A Dinuba family medicine physician, Dr. Ronald Ruminson,...
News Release
5/8/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica & Danville, CA – California’s Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg told injured patients and their families gathered on the Capitol sidewalk last week that he would hold hearings into the state’s nearly 38-year-old cap on victims’ recovery. Jerry Brown signed the $250,000 cap on how much injured...
News Story
5/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
An initiative is in the works for the November 2014 ballot that seeks to repeal the $250,000 cap on damages in medical malpractice cases and overhaul the Medical Board of California. The measure is being drafted by Consumer Watchdog and the Troy and Alana Pack Foundation, a Danville-based nonprofit started after the Pack family lost their young...
News Story
5/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
An effort to lift the state's 38-year cap on medical malpractice lawsuit payouts through a 2014 ballot initiative may be little more than an attempt to pressure the state Legislature to act on the matter, according to capitol sources and critics of the proposal. But the coalition behind an as-of-yet unwritten ballot initiative says it intends...
Blog Post
5/3/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Since 1975 the value of everything has gone up, except the value of my son’s life under California law. Yesterday my son, Steven and I went to Sacramento to say “38 years is too late.” We announced a ballot initiative to create stronger patient safety laws and adjust this nearly 38 year-old law.  You can join our efforts by...