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Feature
4/18/2016
Alicia Cole - LA, CA
Alicia Cole was a successful actress in Los Angeles for decades.  A Los Angeles native, she had spent many years working in the entertainment industry and 19 years as a member of the Screen Actors’ Guild.  But after the discovery of uterine fibroids she worried how an invasive surgery would affect her career.  After learning...
Feature
4/18/2016
Mia Chavez - La Puente, CA
The death of a six-week-old child from an illness that could have been easily diagnosed and successfully treated is tragic enough.  For the life of that child to be valued at no more than $250,000 is unforgivable.      Six-week-old Alexandra Mia Chavez, the third child of Alejandra Gonzalez and Mario Chavez, began coughing...
Feature
4/18/2016
Alex Smick - Downey, CA
Alex Smick had a wonderful life mapped out for himself.  At 20, he was studying to be a surgical technician.  He was Atheltic, played guitar, and had a loving and supportive network of friends and family in his suburban L.A. community of Dowey.  He couldn’t wait to graduate and get a job to start saving money for an engagement...
Feature
4/8/2016
Cali Andrist - Burbank, CA
Cali Andrist was a 58-year-old mentally disabled woman. In 2012, she woke with terrible stomach pain, and that evening her brother, Eric who was her full-time caregiver, took her to the ER at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA.  After she revived a CT scan doctors admitted her with what they thought was a small bowel...
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4/8/2016
Daphne McClendon-Ricks - Fresno, CA
Around their Fresno neighborhood, Daphne McClendon-Ricks was known to all the kids simply as “mom”.  She was the shoulder to lean on, the unbreakable woman who salved wounds and gave good advice, and the friendly neighbor who helped mow a lawn or gave away vegetables from her bountiful backyard garden.  She was a vigorous 59...
News Release
11/26/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Pamela Pressley
SANTA MONICA, CA: The California Supreme Court said today it will review the constitutionality of the state’s arbitrary 39-year-old damages cap of $250,000 in medical malpractice cases in Hughes v. Pham. Last week, Consumer Watchdog wrote an amicus letter asking the Court to review Hughes and overturn this decades-old injustice. Read the...
News Release
11/20/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Pamela Pressley
SANTA MONICA, CA: Consumer Watchdog has joined the plaintiffs in Hughes v. Pham in asking that the California Supreme Court review the constitutionality of the state’s arbitrary 39-year-old damages cap of $250,000 in medical malpractice cases. Even though a jury awarded the injured plaintiff millions in noneconomic damages for his permanent...
News Release
11/4/2014
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA - TV stations in a dozen California markets skipped coverage of consumer friendly Propositions 45 and 46, despite the fact that $100 million from insurance companies flooded stations with advertising revenue. The ballot measures hold insurance companies and dangerous doctors they insure accountable. “TV stations have been...
News Release
11/3/2014
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned voters that insurance companies had spent more than $100 million on deceptive advertising opposing pro-consumer Propositions 45 and 46.   “The $100 million campaigns bankrolled by insurance companies against Props 45 and 46 are meant to scare voters against initiatives that will...
Blog Post
11/3/2014
By Harvey Rosenfield
No candidate on the ballot this year can do as much for you as two propositions backed by Consumer Watchdog, Consumer Federation and other champions of the underdog.  YES ON PROP 45 will give us the power to stop price gouging by the health insurance companies. Congress requires us to buy health insurance, but they didn’...