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2014-03-03 16:25:23

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following new allegations in Sunday's Fresno Bee, that a heart surgeon repeatedly left surgeries before closing up patients' chests, Consumer Watchdog called upon the state's medical board and attorney general to act against the doctor and hospital involved. "The California public cannot feel safe about their medical care if heart surgeons are free to go to lunch before finishing open heart surgeries, then face no...

2014-02-10 08:33:03

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog, a U.S. public interest group, has objected to the European Union's College of Commissioners over the antitrust settlement deal with Google that was announced last week by the Commissioner for Competition, Vice President Joaquin Almunia, the group said today. In separate letters addressed to the Commission's Secretary-General and 27 of the 28 commissioners, John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's Privacy...

2014-01-31 16:23:28

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Anthem Blue Cross and its parent company WellPoint have given $12.9 million to defeat a California ballot initiative that would require health insurance companies to get approval for rate hikes, like the increase of up to 25% Anthem proposes for over 306,000 Californians on April 1. If approved on this November's ballot, the measure will allow the state insurance commissioner to order refunds to consumers of excessive...

2013-12-18 20:21:12

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After learning that the hospital where a 13-year-old girl is on life support after routine tonsil-removal surgery has refused to release her medical records to the family, Consumer Watchdog today called on California Attorney General, Alameda County District Attorney and California Medical Board to take over the investigation into the case. Children's Hospital of Oakland sought to remove the child, Jahi McMath, from life support...

2013-12-18 08:34:01

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Google has allowed its social network to become a virtual playground for online predators and explicit sexual content, a seven-month study by a tech industry whistleblower has found, and Consumer Watchdog today called on the Internet giant "to take immediate action to police and clean up your social network, Google+." In a letter to Google CEO Larry Page and Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Consumer Watchdog President...

2013-11-21 20:21:52

In the news release, Covered California Blocks Obama's Plan to Delay Cancellations, Rate Hikes for 50% of Cancelled Californians, Says Consumer Watchdog, issued 21-Nov-2013 by Consumer Watchdog over PR Newswire, we are advised by the organization that in the second paragraph, first sentence, the number of people who will face higher rates on January 1 is 450,000 rather than 300,000 as originally issued inadvertently. The complete, corrected release follows: Covered California Blocks...

2013-11-21 20:21:49

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leaders of California's health insurance marketplace today voted to block a reprieve on health insurance cancellations proposed by President Obama last week and to allow health insurance companies to hike rates on 300,000 Californians without improving their health plans. The move shows the need for regulation of health insurance prices in California, a reform voters will have the chance to enact through a ballot...

2013-11-18 16:31:49

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Google's $17 million settlement with states attorneys general demonstrates the Internet giant's business strategy of doing whatever it wants and then buying its way out of trouble when caught breaking the rules, Consumer Watchdog said today. "Google hacked around the privacy settings on Apple's Safari web browser, set tracking cookies and lied about what it was doing. Now Google pays the states $17 million, doesn't even...

2013-11-14 16:25:17

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today applauded President Obama's move to delay cancellations of health insurance plans for millions of Americans, one week after the nonprofit group called for a moratorium, but expressed concern that consumers will still face steep rate hikes in January. Consumer Watchdog called on the President to endorse reforms to require health insurance companies to publicly justify and get approval for rate hikes,...

2013-11-06 08:36:51

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog has challenged Google to make public its latest proposal to settle the European Commission's antitrust investigation by 5 p.m. Wednesday, or the public interest group said it would release the proposed deal itself. "I am writing on behalf of Consumer Watchdog to challenge you to hold your company to the same standards of behavior as you unilaterally impose on everyone else," wrote John M. Simpson Privacy...