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4/23/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA –Health insurance giants Kaiser, Blue Shield, Wellpoint/Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net, United Health and the California Association of Health Plans have now given over $25 million of policyholder money, including nearly $12 million this month, to the campaign against a November 2014 ballot measure that will prevent...
News Release
4/22/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Google spent $3.82 million lobbying federal lawmakers and regulators during the first quarter of 2014, making it the top spender among 15 top technology and telecommunications companies, according to an analysis of lobbying disclosure forms Consumer Watchdog said today. According to lobbying disclosure forms filed this week...
News Release
4/16/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – The California Medical Board must institute new protections against drug-using doctors after waiting years to revoke the medical license of a Bakersfield doctor who was using and selling drugs while on probation, wrote a father harmed by drug abuse and patient safety advocates in a letter today.   Bob Pack, who lost...
News Release
4/16/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – A USA Today report finds that 103,000 medical professionals are abusing prescription drugs every year, yet most of the addicted doctors are never caught and place their patients at risk. California will be the first state in the nation to require random drug testing of doctors if voters approve an initiative measure that...
News Release
4/15/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
  SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today released a report detailing the privacy invasive features and potential harms of Google Glass, the Internet giant’s wearable computing device and offered a list of the top ten reasons not to be a “Glasshole.” The report can be read at: www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/...
News Release
4/10/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Leaders of the California Medical Association, who are fighting a ballot measure to increase public accountability for dangerous doctors, received nearly $5 million from taxpayers in Medicare payments, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.   A database at the New York Times...
News Release
4/8/2014
CONTACT Pamela Pressley & Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA — DIRECTV’s arbitration clause does not bar DIRECTV customers from suing the company for illegal early termination fees, the California Court of Appeal ruled Monday afternoon. The decision allows the case to proceed to trial. The class action lawsuit, filed in September 2008, charges that DIRECTV imposes unlawful early...
News Release
4/8/2014
CONTACT Liza Tucker (CWD) & Penny Newman (CCAEJ)
Santa Monica, CA— A new report released today by leading environmental advocate Penny Newman and residents of the poisoned Wildomar community shows that state toxics regulators doctored data in a preliminary investigation of the Autumnwood housing complex to avoid pinpointing what has poisoned the Riverside County residents and skip any...
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...
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...