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News Release
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Pamela Pressley
Santa Monica, CA -- In the latest of a series of decisions closing the courthouse doors on consumers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning, 6 to 3, that DIRECTV customers in California who were illegally charged “cancellation fees” of up to $480 – often taken directly out of a consumer’s bank account or charged to a...
News Release
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA -- The Department of Managed Health Care’s (DMHC) settlement announced today does not ensure that Blue Shield customers are fully reimbursed for the costs they incurred as a result of the company’s misrepresentations regarding its network of doctors and hospitals, according to Consumer Watchdog who along with The Arns...
SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Anthem Blue Cross will refund $8.3 million to approximately 50,000 subscribers and stop making mid-year changes to annual deductibles, co-pays, and other out-of-pocket costs as part of a class action settlement announced Tuesday. Two lawsuits filed in 2011 by Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP and...
News Release
CONTACT Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA -- Under a class action settlement announced today, Anthem Blue Cross in California will no longer make mid-year changes to individual customers’ annual deductibles, co-pays, or other out-of-pocket costs and will refund $8.3 million to consumers.   The settlement resolves two lawsuits challenging mid-year changes Anthem...
Legal Update
By Jamie Court
Our attorneys' report from the US Supreme Court is that this morning’s oral argument didn’t reveal which way the majority was leaning in Imburgia v. DIRECTV. At issue is whether millions of consumers who paid exorbitant early termination fees can go to court in our class action, or are stuck in one-on-one mandatory arbitrations...
Legal Update
By Harvey Rosenfield
Seven years ago, Consumer Watchdog’s legal team brought a class action lawsuit against DIRECTV on behalf of California customers who were charged unlawful early cancellation fees of up to $480 – often taken directly out of a consumer’s bank account or charged to a credit card without the customer’s permission. Next month,...
News Release
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan & Edith Kallas
Fort Lauderdale, FL -- CIGNA, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, is discriminating against patients with HIV/AIDS and attempting to circumvent the central reform of the Affordable Care Act, according to a national class action lawsuit filed late yesterday. The lawsuit, JOHN DOE v. CIGNA was brought by a Ft. Lauderdale resident. The...
News Release
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog, the California-based non-profit that sued DIRECTV for abusive practices 7 years ago on behalf of overcharged consumers, hailed the Federal Trade Commission’s decision to take legal action against the satellite company for similar anti-consumer practices. And it said the FTC’s sister agency,...
Randy Paige with KCBS TV-2 details how an actress claims Health Net’s “bait and switch” tactics forced her to pay $12,000 out-of-pocket for cancer treatment, an accusation echoed by at least two more women who are part of a class-action lawsuit against the insurance company.
News Release
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan, Consumer Watchdog & Travis Corby, Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP
Santa Monica, CA – In advance of a California legislative hearing on health care “costs” not scheduled to include testimony from consumers, consumer advocates will discuss the real financial threat patients face in a class-action lawsuit against Health Net for misrepresenting their physician and hospital networks.  The...