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News Story
5/15/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A decades-long fight among powerful California interests is finally coming before voters, as the proponents of a push to increase the sum victims can recover in medical malpractice lawsuits announced Thursday that they've qualified for the November ballot. Supporters including Consumer Watchdog want to raise the $250,000 cap on pain and...
News Story
5/15/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
DANVILLE -- A voter initiative spurred by the drunk-driving deaths of two Danville siblings in 2003 has garnered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, the Secretary of State's office said Thursday. The Troy and Alana Pack Act, named for the son and daughter of Bob and Carmen Pack, would require random drug and alcohol testing...
News Story
5/15/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Measure to lift ceiling on medical malpractice judgments qualifies for California's November ballot - Voter initiative would require drug testing for doctors in California - California ballot measure rekindles fight between insurers, doctors and trial lawyers, consumer advocates What promises to be a hotly contested statewide voter...
News Story
5/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Peeved: A "Pee in the Cup" initiative to require random drug testing for doctors in California could qualify for the November ballot this week, setting up a battle royal between trial lawyers backing the measure and the medical industry. In addition to the drug-testing provision, the measure would lift the state's long-standing...
Video
5/9/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Imagine a Mother's Day without your kids. The moms in this video know too well what it feels like to miss a child on Mother's Day. Now they're doing something about it, and you can too. Watch their short and powerful video today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DigKdKblSl8 Every year, thousands of mothers lose their children to...
News Release
4/29/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – A suspension of legislative rules in the Assembly allowed a bill introduced five days ago to divert drunk and high doctors from discipline to confidential treatment to pass the Assembly Business, Professions, and Consumer Protections Committee today. The author of AB 2346, Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez, refused to...
Video
4/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Watch Tina Minasian testify to the California Assembly Business Professions, and Consumer Protections Committee today on AB 2346 (Gonzalez-D), which would divert drunk and high doctors from discipline to confidential treatment. Ms. Minasian, of Roseville, CA, was harmed by her physician when a botched surgery left her maimed and in years of pain....
News Release
4/28/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – After UCLA settled a whistleblower case for $10 million in which accusations of conflicts of interest between doctors and the medical device industry were ignored, Californians deserve an independent investigation to ensure that patients are not harmed when UC financial interests conflict with transparency in patient care...
News Release
4/16/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – A USA Today report finds that 103,000 medical professionals are abusing prescription drugs every year, yet most of the addicted doctors are never caught and place their patients at risk. California will be the first state in the nation to require random drug testing of doctors if voters approve an initiative measure that...
News Story
4/12/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
As California voters mull a proposed ballot initiative aimed at sniffing out malpractice and abuse, a Bakersfield OB-GYN has lost his license for allegedly writing prescriptions for "illegitimate uses." Dr. Richard Wallrath was already on probation from a 2009 complaint over problems with the way several patients were treated when new...