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Jul 10, 2014, 15:43 ET

Congress of California Seniors Endorses Proposition 46 To Protect Patient Safety And Save Lives, says Consumer Watchdog Campaign

The Congress of California Seniors, representing organizations serving hundreds of thousands of Californians, announced its endorsement of...

Jul 09, 2014, 14:19 ET

Consumer Watchdog: Blue Cross Sued for 'Bait & Switch' Misrepresentations of Doctor and Hospital Networks, and Delaying Enrollment in Affordable Care Act Plans

Blue Cross vastly misrepresented the size of its physician and hospital networks and other key health plan contract terms in order to increase...

Jul 02, 2014, 14:09 ET

Policyholders Supporting Prop 45 Detail Health Insurance Price-Gouging, says Consumer Watchdog Campaign

 Policyholders who faced extreme health insurance premium hikes rallied with nurses from the California Nurses Association, Consumer Watchdog,...

Jun 30, 2014, 15:36 ET

Facebook Secret Research On Users' Emotions Is Unethical, Consumer Watchdog Says

 A 2012 secret experiment in which Facebook manipulated users' news feed to see whether certain kinds of content made users happy or sad,...

Jun 16, 2014, 17:11 ET

VICTORY! Blue Cross Blue Shield To End Discrimination Against Federal Employees With HIV/AIDS, Says Consumer Watchdog

Responding to mounting patient complaints, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association ("BCBS") has announced it will soon end its discriminatory HIV...

Jun 13, 2014, 15:34 ET

Court Rejects Industry Challenge To Insurance Rate Review Rules, Says Consumer Watchdog

A sweeping legal assault by Mercury Insurance and various insurance company lobbying groups on rate review regulations...

Jun 10, 2014, 14:38 ET

New Website "YourHealthInsuranceCompanySucksWhen.org" Channels Consumer Horror Stories Conversation

A new website launched this week by Consumer Watchdog, www.YourHealthInsuranceCompanySucksWhen.org, has unleashed an intense conversation by...

Jun 10, 2014, 09:00 ET

Consumer Watchdog Warns DMV Not To Let Google Rush Driverless Car Deployment

Consumer Watchdog today warned the California Department of Motor Vehicles not to succumb to pressure from Google and others with a vested interest...

Jun 05, 2014, 14:02 ET

New Report Exposes Boeing Influence Peddling That Derailed Cleanup of a Partial Nuclear Meltdown Site Near L.A., Says Consumer Watchdog

 A new report released by Consumer Watchdog today documents how Boeing and its influential fixers derailed the cleanup of a partial nuclear...

Jun 03, 2014, 13:21 ET

Consumer Advocates Urge Court to Reject Proposed Hyundai/Kia MPG Class Action Settlement, says Consumer Watchdog

A class action settlement negotiated by Hyundai and Kia following the companies' 2012 admission that they lowballed fuel economy numbers for over a...

May 22, 2014, 12:15 ET

Report: DUI Football Doctor Responsible For Death of Chargers Star Seau? Consumer Watchdog: Revoke License, NFL Players Support Doctor Drug Testing

In response to an investigative report that former Chargers head team physician and known alcohol-abuser Dr. David Chao could be responsible for...

May 15, 2014, 18:34 ET

Landmark Patient Safety Act Qualifies for November California Ballot, says Consumer Watchdog Campaign

More than 840,000 voter signatures turned in by consumer advocates and families victimized by medical negligence have qualified a landmark patient...

May 13, 2014, 15:32 ET

Consumer Watchdog Praises EU's "Right To Be Forgotten" Ruling As Privacy Victory

Consumer Watchdog today praised the highest European court's ruling that people have a "right to be forgotten" and can have online search results...

May 13, 2014, 14:01 ET

Consumer Savings From Public Rate Challenge Process Tops $3 Billion In 12 Years, Says Consumer Watchdog

 Public challenges to auto, home, medical malpractice and earthquake rate hikes proposed by insurance companies but proven excessive have...

May 12, 2014, 09:00 ET

Consumer Watchdog Asks NY Joint Commission On Public Ethics To Remove Google's Chairman Eric Schmidt From State's Smart Schools Commission For Conflict of Interest

Consumer Watchdog today filed a formal complaint asking the New York Joint Commission On Public Ethics to remove Google Executive Chairman Eric...

May 08, 2014, 15:58 ET

Consumer Watchdog Calls Health Insurance Industry-Funded Study "Insurance Fraud"; Scare Tactic By Industry Trying To Avoid Billions In Savings For Consumers

 The four big health insurance companies that control 94% of customers on California's health care exchange paid $50,000 for a deceptive study,...

May 06, 2014, 14:48 ET

California Nurses Rally Against Kaiser's $21.7 Billion In Excess Reserve And Endorse Health Insurance Rate Regulation Initiative To Return Billions Of Dollars To Patients, Says Consumer Watchdog Campaign

At a rally and press conference today, Kaiser nurses and consumer advocates exposed the fact that Kaiser Permanente has accumulated a reserve that...

May 01, 2014, 15:19 ET

Consumer Watchdog Backs 6 Policy Recommendations In White House Big Data Report

 Consumer Watchdog today backed six broad policy recommendations outlined in the White House report on Big Data and praised the report for...

Apr 30, 2014, 16:28 ET

Google Stops Reading Students' Gmail After Legal Questions Are Raised; Internet Giant's Culture Shows Why Its Chairman Is Poor Choice As Government Advisor, Says Consumer Watchdog

 Google said it will stop reading the Gmail accounts of 30 million students who use Google Apps For Education, spinning the announcement as...

Apr 30, 2014, 14:25 ET

California Medical Industry Gave $110 Million On Initiative Campaigns This Election Cycle - Half Of The $223M Spent On Initiatives Over The Previous Decade, Says Consumer Watchdog Campaign

The California medical insurance industry has committed $110 million to three November 2014 ballot initiative campaigns, half of the amount it gave...

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