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Feature
8/25/2014
By Mark Reback
Lloyd Monserratt was a UCLA grad, a rising star in California politics, a Latino Vote Director for the DCCC, a Director at NALEO, a Chief of Staff to a LA City Councilmember and LAUSD School Board Member, and a consultant to elected officials.  He and his fiancée were planning their wedding. But his promising life ended at age 36...
News Release
8/6/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Proposition 45 is projected to bring up to $1 billion per year – $612 per family – in savings to California consumers reeling from years of devastating health care premium increases, according to a new analysis released by Consumer Watchdog today. Click here to read the Prop 45 savings analysis. “...
News Release
4/24/2014
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan & Fred Woocher
Santa Monica, CA - Parents of autistic children scored a major victory in a California Court of Appeal decision issued late yesterday, which now bars state regulators and health insurers from discriminating against children on the basis of whether treatment providers hold state licenses.  The state regulator’s discriminatory policy led...
Video
4/4/2014
A lawsuit brought by the family of Maria de Jesus Arroyo alleges that the 80-year-old grandmother woke in the morgue after being declared dead at White Memorial Medical Center. She struggled to escape before finally freezing to death, according to a pathologist who reviewed the case. In cases of negligence not involving wage loss or ongoing...
News Release
4/4/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – In another case of medical negligence almost too gruesome to believe, a hospital accused of letting a patient freeze to death in the morgue will never be held fully accountable because of a 38-year-old cap on malpractice damages in California. The cap that limits accountability for negligence in cases involving the death...
Feature
4/2/2014
By Mark Reback
Mara Douglas - Bonita, CA Mara Douglas was a devout Catholic, admired in her community for her selflessness and generosity of spirit. After raising three children, she was doting on her two grandchildren. Then her world collapsed. She fell into a medical nightmare and died of pancreatic cancer on January 26, just four months after her diagnosis....
News Release
4/1/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Bob Pack
SANTA MONICA, CA – The proponent of a ballot measure that would require doctors to undergo random drug testing called on the California Medical Board today to disclose the names of the 2,000 California physicians it has acknowledged have an active drug or alcohol addiction problem.   The Medical Board acknowledged that 1-2% of...
Video
2/18/2014
The California Assembly Judiciary and Assembly Banking and Finance Committees gathered today to discuss the data breaches atcompanies such as Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels. Target and Neiman Marcus refused to attend. Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, appears before the committees to talk about why it happened and what can be done.
Blog Post
2/18/2014
By Jamie Court
110 million Americans had their personal financial information breached at Target. That 's one out of two adult Americans. I was in Sacramento today to testify in front of a joint California Assembly committee hearing investigating the breach. And yet Target did not send a single representative to Sacramento today to answer questions about...
News Release
11/5/2013
CONTACT Jamie Court or Carmen Balber
Santa Monica -- In response to the news that Blue Shield is delaying its cancellation of policies for 90 days, following a demand by the Department of Insurance, Consumer Watchdog called on all other health insurance companies in California who cancelled approximately 900,000 policies this month to follow suit. Consumer Watchdog also asked Covered...