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8/20/2012
By Sarah Glover
Adam Glover - Los Gatos, CA   Our son Adam was 12 in 2008 when he went on a glorious camping and hiking trip in Yosemite with his Dad. The pair of them hiked, climbed and biked together. But seven days into the vacation, Adam died, the victim of preventable errors and inattention after an emergency appendectomy at a Modesto hospital. Yet...
Legal Update
11/23/2010
By Doug Heller
As the Daily Journal reports today: Battle lines are being drawn between consumer activists and the California Department of Insurance on one side and the insurance industry on the other concerning a state appellate court decision whose opponents say immunizes insurers for using illegal underwriting criteria to determine rates. On...
Blog Post
10/5/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
70 million Americans who get health insurance through their employer cannot take their insurance company to court when the insurer doesn't provide the benefits it promised, even if the insurer's decision to delay or deny life-saving treatment results in an employee's death. Now the federal health reform law requires every American to prove they...
Blog Post
10/27/2009
Posted by Carmen Balber
My blackberry picture is a little too blurry to do them justice, but this is Scott, Steve and Kathy Olsen at a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol building last week (you can see the Supreme Court building in the background) to urge members of Congress to keep limits on patients’ legal rights out of the health care bill... My...
Blog Post
8/14/2009
Posted by Carmen Balber
You may remember the Civil Justice Association of California from decades of attacks on consumer rights such as Proposition 64, the ballot initiative that let companies off the hook under California's unfair competition law for any harm that is not measured in dollars, like loss of health, environmental damage or consumer deception. Companies used...
Blog Post
7/8/2009
Posted by Jamie Court
I never thought I would own GM, or even a piece of it, when I was an eight year old kid playing in my dad's parked, sky blue Oldsmobile Cutlass. But all of us Americans are inches from owning the new GM with a bankruptcy court ruling approving the deal. It's more than ironic that right after the 4th of July, as we celebrate the rule of law and the...
Blog Post
6/17/2009
Posted by Doug Heller
In a stunning show of fealty to insurance giant Safeco, 14 Republican state Senators and 11 Assemblymembers have asked the California Supreme Court to overturn an appellate ruling that Safeco Insurance has to disclose the names of policyholders it may have cheated.  Considering that state lawmakers are supposed to be spending their time...
Feature
5/19/2009
By Pam Pressley & Harvey Rosenfield
In re Tobacco II Cases, ___ Cal.4th ___ (May 18, 2009) In a 4-3 decision, the California Supreme Court today reversed a lower court ruling in a false advertising class action pending for more than a decade against the tobacco companies that would have severely restricted consumers’ ability to bring lawsuits under the state’s Unfair...
Blog Post
5/18/2009
Posted by Pam Pressley
The corporate attack on California consumer protection laws suffered a setback today. The California Supreme Court rejected the tobacco industry’s attempt to gut consumers’ ability to bring class actions under one of the state’s consumer protection laws (known as the Unfair Competition Law or “UCL”). The case stems...
Blog Post
5/18/2009
Posted by Jamie Court
Here's the latest from the Associated Press about a new California Supreme Court case allowing a false advertising case against the tobacco industry to proceed and clarifying guidelines for future cases: The California Supreme Court has revived a class action lawsuit against the tobacco industry alleging its advertisements misled consumers into...