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News Release
4/29/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said today that the abysmal patient safety record of California hospitals exposed in a national report card highlights the lack of legal deterrence and safeguards to protect consumers. The Leapfrog Group, an employer-backed...
Blog Post
4/28/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Check a patient’s medical record. It’s a simple fix to a tragic prescription drug epidemic. When you have an annual checkup, your doctor checks your vital signs and draws blood for testing. But before she even does that, what does she do? She checks your...
News Release
4/27/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today applauded a California Legislature committee for passing a bill that requires prescribers to check a state database before prescribing the most addictive medications – like OxyContin and other opioids – to help...
News Release
4/22/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross has, once again, failed to justify a rate increase on consumers, overcharging policyholders $33 million that California’s Insurance Commissioner should have the power to reject, said Consumer Watchdog today. Anthem has...
Video
2/13/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Can you believe the personal records of 80 million Americans were breached in the data hack health insurance company Anthem revealed last week? In the latest installment of our new short video segment, “Bite Back,”  we take on the Anthem hack and...
News Release
2/5/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – The day after Anthem Blue Cross revealed that millions of customers’ information had been hacked, Consumer Watchdog and Patient Privacy Rights called on Cal INDEX, the health information database created by Anthem and Blue Shield of...
News Release
1/12/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – State Senator Robert Hertzberg (San Fernando Valley) must disclose the clients he represents at his second job with a Los Angeles law firm to assure the public no conflict of interest exists, or will develop, between his public duties and...
News Release
12/15/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber

Oakland, CA – The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog released a report chronicling the tactics California oil companies are likely to use to undermine implementation of climate protection laws and warned state officials they include artificially hiking the price of...
Blog Post
12/2/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber

$312,000 a day or $114 million this year. That's how much Consumer Watchdog challenges to excessive auto and homeowners insurance rates saved California families in 2014. Since 2003, our legal team's insurance rate challenges have put more than $3 billion in...
News Release
11/26/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber

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...