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News Release
11/18/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA. – Google’s $17 million settlement with states attorneys general demonstrates the Internet giant’s business strategy of doing whatever it wants and then buying its way out of trouble when caught breaking the rules, Consumer Watchdog said today. “Google hacked around the privacy settings on Apple’s...
Legal Update
10/30/2013
By Liza Tucker
Over the weekend, Boeing misled the media on a preliminary injunction request by Consumer Watchdog in Sacramento Superior Court last Friday afternoon. We’d asked a judge to stop the state from letting Boeing demolish and dispose of radioactive debris from radionuclide-impregnated buildings in one area of its Santa Susana rocket and nuclear...
News Release
10/16/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and three other public interest groups today in re-iterating their opposition to a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users’ search data because proposed recipients of...
Legal Update
10/11/2013
By Jerry Flanagan
This week the California Court of Appeal granted Consumer Watchdog's petition for rehearing in its seminal lawsuit against the Department of Managed Health Care over treatment for autistic children. Consumer Watchdog scored a major victory in the recent decision, which bars state regulators and HMOs from discriminating against children in the...
Legal Update
9/27/2013
Jerry Flanagan
This week Consumer Watchdog filed a brief urging the California Court of Appeal to reconsider part of a recent ruling ending autism discrimination that could be read to put behavior analysts at risk of being prosecuted for the "unlicensed practice of psychology" for care provided prior to the passage of a recent state autism law....
Legal Update
9/11/2013
Jerry Flanagan
We're very proud of the legal team's recent victory in a lawsuit to bar discrimination against children. The California Court of Appeal's decision ended the Department of Managed Health Care’s discriminatory practice of allowing HMOs to deny treatment for autistic children on the basis that such treatment can only be administered...
News Release
9/11/2013
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan, Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- In a complex opinion issued yesterday, the California Court of Appeal ended the Department of Managed Health Care’s (DMHC) discriminatory practice of allowing HMOs to deny treatment for autistic children of state employees and low-income families enrolled in the Healthy Families program on the basis that such treatment...
News Release
9/10/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A federal appeals court ruled today that Google’s interception of messages from private Wi-Fi networks is not exempt from federal wiretap laws, opening the way for a class action suit in the Wi-Spy case to move forward with possible damages amounting to billions of dollars. A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of...
News Release
9/5/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog and Strumwasser & Woocher have filed a motion in Sacramento Superior Court for a preliminary injunction freezing all of Boeing’s demolition of structures and disposal of radioactive waste at the Santa Susana Field Lab in Simi Valley—including a plutonium fuel fabrication building. The...
News Release
9/3/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Dan Ravicher, or Jeanne Loring
WASHINGTON, DC – A patent on human embryonic stem cells held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) “covers ineligible subject matter and was anticipated by and obvious” in view of earlier research, Consumer Watchdog and the Public Patent Foundation have told a federal appeals court. In a reply brief filed late last...