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Blog Post
6/29/2016
By Jamie Court
It takes hubris befitting a king for the US Supreme Court to rule, on the eve of celebrating the Declaration of Independence, our founding screed against political corruption, that a jury cannot convict a governor for taking $177,000 in loans and favors from a donor he used his political office to help. Forget that trial by jury was one of the...
News Release
10/31/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog and the Public Patent Foundation today asked the U.S Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s decision and allow the two public interest groups to seek the cancellation of a patent on human embryonic stem cells held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). In its petition, Consumer...
Blog Post
12/26/2012
By Jamie Court
Can you remember another year when consumers' voices have been heard so loudly? We're one step closer to fair health insurance rates: Consumer Watchdog Campaign qualified a ballot measure for the next California general election that forces health insurance companies to justify and get permission before raising rates, and also provides...
News Release
6/28/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The ballot measure to require health insurance companies to get approval before raising their rates narrowly missed qualifying for November’s ballot by Thursday’s deadline, receiving 109% of the signatures necessary to qualify on a random sample verification rather than the required 110%. Elections officials...
News Release
6/28/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Washington, DC & Santa Monica, CA – Today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act and its mandate that individuals purchase health insurance makes rate regulation the next essential phase of health reform, said Consumer Watchdog today. Consumer Watchdog praised the court for requiring...
News Release
3/22/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross will raise health insurance rates for nearly 600,000 Californians by as much as 20% on May 1. A ballot initiative to make health insurance more affordable by regulating premium increases is necessary to protect Californians from excessive rate hikes, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today. Friday is...
Blog Post
10/21/2011
By Jamie Court
In a remarkable act of either stupidity or brinksmanship, the Obama Administration challenged the US Supreme Court to either keep the federal individual mandate to buy health insurance or throw it out with some of the most important consumer protections in the federal health care overhaul.  The Justice Department argues in a brief to...
Blog Post
9/29/2011
By Jamie Court
The Kaiser Family Foundation reported this week that health insurance premiums spiked 9% last year and surpassed $15,000 per year for a family of four. Employees are paying 168% more for their employer-sponsored health insurance than 13 years ago (vs 38% for inflation). Yet another painful reminder of the need to rein in California's...
News Release
4/27/2011
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Todd Foreman
Santa Monica, CA -- Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion, invalidating California’s protections against unfair provisions in contracts effectively eliminates the right of consumers to join together to fight powerful corporations in court and will lead to enormous abuses of consumers by...