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News Release
9/25/2014
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan, Consumer Watchdog; Travis Corby, Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP & Scott Glovsky, APC
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer advocates filed two separate lawsuits against Cigna and Blue Shield of California for misrepresenting their physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales during the Affordable Care Act’s ‘open enrollment period’ that ended on March 31. “Blue Shield and Cigna lied to patients about...
News Release
9/10/2014
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan & Edith Kallas
Santa Monica, CA -- Patients with HIV and AIDS enrolled in health coverage provided by United Healthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer, may now “opt-out” of a requirement that they obtain their medications by mail-order if they have privacy or delivery concerns, or if they have difficulty discussing their HIV medications...
Video
8/4/2014
CARLSBAD, Calif. - A woman called Team 10 after fighting for months to get repaid thousands of dollars by her insurance company.  Laura Schove of Carlsbad said she paid out-of-pocket for a procedure to help her continue to walk and function because she was never given an insurance card. var p = new anv_pl_def(); p.config = {}; p.config....
News Release
7/24/2014
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Laura Antonini
Santa Monica, CA - Consumer Watchdog attorneys representing consumers dissatisfied with the proposed nationwide settlement of a class action against Hyundai and Kia over misrepresenting the fuel economy of their vehicles are continuing their advocacy this morning in federal court in Los Angeles, seeking additional improvements in the settlement....
News Release
7/23/2014
CONTACT Pamela Pressley
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog has petitioned Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to hold public hearings on the excessive rates of three top homeowners insurers – Allstate, CSAA, and Liberty Mutual. Additionally, Consumer Watchdog petitioned the Commissioner to reject CSAA’s (Northern California Auto Club) request to hike...
News Release
7/9/2014
CONTACT Laura Antonini - Consumer Watchdog & Travis Corby - Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP
Santa Monica, CA - Blue Cross vastly misrepresented the size of its physician and hospital networks and other key health plan contract terms in order to increase sales during the Affordable Care Act’s ‘open enrollment period’ that ended on March 31, according to a new California class action lawsuit filed by Blue Cross customers...
Video
7/9/2014
A consumer group said Wednesday it has filed a class action lawsuit that accuses a top California health insurer of fraud and unfair business practices allegedly intended to lure customers into buying its health insurance plans.
Legal Update
6/16/2014
By Jerry Flanagan
Over the weekend, one of our federal employee "John Doe" clients received a nice surprise from his health insurer: the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association ("BCBS") will no longer charge higher (discriminatory) co-pays for HIV drugs and has taken HIV drugs off its mandatory mail-order drug list, which threatened patient health,...
News Release
6/16/2014
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA - Responding to mounting patient complaints, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (“BCBS”) has announced it will soon end its discriminatory HIV drug-pricing practices and has taken HIV/AIDS drugs off its mandatory mail-order drug list, which threatened patient health, safety, and privacy. Read the letter from BCBS...
News Release
6/13/2014
CONTACT Pamela Pressley
Santa Monica, CA - A sweeping legal assault by Mercury Insurance and various insurance company lobbying groups on rate review regulations that have saved California consumers over $100 billion since the passage of Proposition 103 in 1988 was rejected by the Sacramento Superior Court in a decision filed on June 11th. The court decision upholds a...