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News Release
6/23/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog

Consumer and Environmental Groups Blast Faulty Electricity Deregulation SAN FRANCISCO, CA --David Brower, a founder of the modern environmental movement and the first Executive Director of the Sierra Club, joined consumer advocates around the country in calling for...
Archived Article
6/22/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog

Phyllis Cannon - Oklahoma City, OK Phyllis Cannon's health insurer delayed her medically appropriate cancer treatment for three months. By that time her cancer had developed beyond treatment, and she died weeks later. According to court records: In 1991, Phyllis...
Archived Article
6/19/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog

Casey Patelski - Iowa According to personal reports: Casey Patelski was a dedicated employee of a leading aerospace manufacturer for 28 years. He helped to design spacecraft and directed U.S. astronauts at Mission Control in Houston. His future appeared secure when...
News Release
6/19/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog

Consumer and Civil Rights Organizations Joined by Cities of Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco in Lawsuits Against Insurance Commissioner An Alameda Superior Court judge will hear oral arguments on Friday that insurance companies are continuing to illegally use...
Archived Article
6/18/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog

Edward Mycek - La Quinta, CA As told by Edward Mycek: In November of 1997, I found out that I had prostate cancer. After discussing treatment and recovery options, my doctor advocated surgery to remove the prostate. I decided to get another opinion. After consulting...
Archived Article
6/17/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog

Glenn Nealy - New York According to suit filed by the Nealy family: In March 1992, 35-year-old Glenn Nealy, the father of two young boys, was notified by his employer that there would be a change in his health care coverage and that he could elect coverage under one...
Archived Article
6/16/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog

Linda DeBenedictis - Norwood, MA As told by Linda DeBenedictis: Unfortunately, I had received my health care through my husband's private employer in the mid 1980s. We were unable to conceive a child. I had been covered by the insurance company for invitro...
Archived Article
6/15/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog

Alexander Giles, 9 - Houston, TX Alex Giles' managed care plan doctor failed to give him crucial cardiac tests and to refer him to a cardiologist, resulting in the needless death of the athletic nine-year-old, according to a lawsuit filed by his family. Bridget Giles,...
News Story
6/12/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog

117 POLICYHOLDERS SUE OVER QUAKE COVERAGEChicago Tribune LOS ANGELES, CA -- State Farm Insurance Co. quietly paid $100 million to a small number of policyholders in California to settle a lawsuit brought against the Illinois firm for allegedly reducing earthquake...
Archived Article
6/12/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog

William Pratt - Vacaville, CA As told by William's wife, Patricia: My husband, William Pratt, was diagnosed by his HMO with acute pancreatitis and treated for a year and a half. On January 26, 1995, he died of cancer. In the weeks before his death, we...