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Consumer Watchdog's attorneys advocate for consumers' rights and seek to hold corporations and government officials accountable in the courts and before regulatory agencies.

Through legal and regulatory actions, the Consumer Watchdog legal team has changed corporate behavior and returned billions of dollars to American consumers.

We bring suits against auto and home insurers, health insurers, cell phone companies, and others that cheat consumers.

If you are a consumer or whistleblower who needs help or wants to let us know about a problem, submit a consumer complaint. Read the Consumer Watchdog Legal Project's Litigation Principles.

CIGNA Ends Mandatory Mail-Order of HIV/AIDS Antiretroviral Medications

CIGNA, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, ended a requirement that patients across the United States obtain their HIV/AIDS medications by mail-order under a settlement of a class action lawsuit announced in October 2015.

The lawsuit, JOHN DOE v. CIGNA, was filed by Whatley Kallas, LLP, Consumer Watchdog—a non-profit consumer group—and Podhurst Orseck P.A., and presided over by United States District Court Judge Darrin Gayles in Broward County, Florida.

Health Net Sued for "Bait & Switch" Misrepresentations of Doctor and Hospital Networks

Lehman, et al. v. Health Net of California, Inc. et al, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC567361

Consumer Watchdog has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of thousands of California consumers against Health Net for misrepresenting its physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales during the Affordable Care Act’s ‘open enrollment periods’ in 2014 and 2015.

Cigna Sued for "Bait & Switch" Misrepresentations of Doctor and Hospital Networks

Davidson v. Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company; Cigna HealthCare of California, Inc., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC558566

Consumer Watchdog has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of California consumers against Cigna for misrepresenting its physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales during the Affordable Care Act’s first ‘open enrollment period’ that ended on March 31, 2014.

Blue Shield's "Bait & Switch" Misrepresentations of Doctor and Hospital Networks, and Delayed Enrollment in Affordable Care Act Plans

McCarthy, et al. v. California Physicians’ Service d/b/a Blue Shield of California, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC558549

Consumer Watchdog has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of thousands of California consumers against Blue Shield for misrepresenting its physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales during the Affordable Care Act’s first ‘open enrollment period’ that ended on March 31, 2014.

Additionally, the lawsuit alleges that Blue Shield violated California laws by:

Anthem Blue Cross's "Bait & Switch" Misrepresentations of Doctor & Hospital Networks, and Delayed Enrollment in Affordable Care Act Plans

Felser, et al. v. Blue Cross of California, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC550739

Consumer Watchdog has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of thousands of California consumers against Blue Cross for misrepresenting its physician and hospital networks in order to boost sales during the Affordable Care Act’s first ‘open enrollment period’ that ended on March 31, 2014.

Additionally, the lawsuit alleges that Blue Cross violated California laws by:

Affinity Group Rulemaking

Insurance companies have been forcing the middle class to pay for Auto Insurance discounts given to a select few.

Consumer Watchdog and other leading California non-profit organizations have submitted a formal petition to Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones asking him to stop insurance companies from secretly discriminating against their customers based on their occupation or educational level.

Here’s the background:

Consumer Watchdog Settles Lawsuit With United Healthcare Alleging Discriminating Against HIV/AIDS Patients

 

United Healthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer, now allows patients with HIV or AIDS to “opt-out” of a requirement that they obtain their medications by mail-order under a national class action settlement announced in May 2014 by Consumer Watchdog and Whatley Kallas, LLP. 

Hyundai - False Advertising of Miles Per Gallon (MPG)

After receiving complaints from Hyundai owners across the country, in November, 2011 Consumer Watchdog challenged the US Environmental Protection Agency to audit Hyundai over the "40 Miles Per Gallon" MPG claims on the window sticker of its Elantra. On November 2, 2012, the EPA confirmed Consumer Watchdog's allegations, announcing that Hyundai and KIA would be required to change the false MPG window sticker claims on many of their vehicles, including Elantra.