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5/30/2013
Alejandra Gonzalez-Chavez, Special to Consumer Watchdog
Written by Alejandra Gonzelez-Chavez, Special to Consumer Watchdog My baby Mia died in a hospital at just 6 weeks of age from whooping cough in the middle of a whooping cough epidemic because doctors didn't give her a simple test. A 38-year-old law says her life is only worth $250,000 - that is the value of a child in California when they...
News Release
5/29/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – New documents reveal that, contrary to its public statements, the state’s top toxics regulator knew about lead and arsenic emissions at Exide Technologies for years but looked the other way, Consumer Watchdog said today. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) suspended Exide’s operations on April 24...
News Release
5/21/2013
CONTACT Bob Pack, Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Danville, CA -- The father of a seven and ten year old killed by a drug addicted driver who received thousands of pills she should never have had called on the California Medical Association to apologize for calling the effort by families injured by medical negligence to tell their stories and seek stronger patient safety laws “an ill-fated...
News Release
5/13/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- After a complaint by Consumer Watchdog to the state about investments made in companies she regulates, Odette Madriago, chief deputy director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), has stepped down from her position and will retire at the end of the year, the group has learned. Consumer Watchdog brought a...
News Release
5/10/2013
CONTACT 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
CONTACT Carmen Balber, Jamie Court & Bob Pack
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 Release
5/8/2013
CONTACT Douglas Heller & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Casualty Company must implement an 8% rate decrease to its homeowners insurance rates as required by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, according to a ruling issued by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene L. Balonon on Tuesday, denying Mercury’s request to delay the decrease from taking effect....
Blog Post
5/3/2013
Kathy Olsen, Special to Consumer Watchdog
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...
News Release
5/2/2013
CONTACT Bob Pack, Jamie Court and Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA --- Family members and victims of medical negligence announced a patient safety ballot measure in front of the state Capitol that will lift a nearly 38-year-old cap on victims’ recovery signed by Governor Brown in 1975.   The “38 is too late” group challenged the Legislature to deal with the problem or...
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5/2/2013
Victims of medical negligence went to Sacramento Thursday to demand changes to a 38 year old law that has denied them justice and announced a ballot measure to lift a $250,000 cap on recovery set in 1975 by Governor Brown in his first term.