Tue, 01/18/2022 - 09:16

Los Angeles, CA – Despite attempting to conceal it, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and top lieutenant Bryant Henley communicated with two former lawmakers representing a workers’ compensation insurer at the heart of a pay-to-play scandal, according to new evidence in a public records lawsuit

Thu, 01/13/2022 - 11:46

The US Justice Department’s latest plea bargain announcement in the LA DWP billing scandal is very bad news for LA City Attorney Mike Feuer, who continues shamelessly to deny all knowledge of any of it with Trumpian pizzaz.

Mon, 01/10/2022 - 09:52

Los Angeles, CA – Insurance companies who profit by denying fair compensation to patients injured or killed by medical malpractice have put up $27.8 million to oppose the Fairness for Injured Patients Act.

Thu, 01/06/2022 - 13:19

Los Angeles, CA---Recycling scams are costing California consumers potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in nickel and dime deposits stolen through fraudulent bottle and can refunds, Consumer Watchdog said today.

Thu, 12/30/2021 - 11:00

2022 promises to be a seminal year for consumer protection.
 
We can only make the landmark changes on our list with your generous support.

Wed, 12/29/2021 - 09:00

“Why do you trust Harvey?” an angry insurance company flack asked a newspaper reporter a few weeks ago. 
 

Mon, 12/27/2021 - 09:40

Despite the pandemic, Consumer Watchdog scored some significant victories for the public interest in 2021. 

Mon, 12/20/2021 - 14:05

Stockton, CA -- Women whose doctors sexually abuse and assault them are denied justice both by the Medical Board of California, as a Los Angeles Times investigation revealed this week, and in the courts because of the 1975 law limiting legal accountability for doctors that is the target

Sun, 12/19/2021 - 14:07

San Francisco, CA -- You can leave your heart in San Francisco, but now you can’t find a single grocery store or bodega in the city to return your bottles and cans for your nickel or dime CRV deposit.
 

Thu, 12/16/2021 - 09:53

Bakersfield, CA – The Medical Board of California has allowed a 25-year repeat offender doctor to surrender his license on a technicality and not face charges before an administrative law judge in an accusation based on the death of a local mother.  
 

Thu, 12/16/2021 - 09:46

Sacramento, CA  -- Steve Poizner, former Insurance Commissioner of California, endorsed the Fairness for Injured Patients Act to update California’s cap on quality of life and survivor damages for patients harmed by medical negligence.

Wed, 12/15/2021 - 09:34

Los Angeles, CA – Two parents of children injured by medical negligence called out a doctor opposing the Fairness For Injured Patients Act because they were “deeply offended” by his “comment that compensation for death or lifelong harm is capped under California’s nearly 50 year old law because s

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 09:26

Los Angeles, CA — Inattention to California’s bottle deposit program is dramatically growing the state’s carbon footprint, according to analysis by the Container Recycling Institute (CRI). 
 

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 08:37

Six years ago, at a press conference on the court house steps, I got into a pushing match with an Ohio attorney who I called out for a sweet heart settlement in the LA DWP billing error

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 09:54

Los Angeles, CA -- Families of injured patients whose medical negligence cases have been disregarded by the California medical board today voiced their support for the public member of the board who is blowing the whistle on the board’s failure to protect patients, as outlined in today’s LA Times

Tue, 11/16/2021 - 09:59

Los Angeles, CA – Consumer Watchdog joined 39 other public interest organizations in comments calling on the Federal Insurance Office to spotlight how the insurance industry contributes to climate change by insuring fossil fuel projects.

Thu, 11/11/2021 - 12:34

Los Angeles, CA -- CVS Health Corporation’s dismissal today of an appeal to the U.S.

Wed, 11/10/2021 - 10:43

Los Angeles, CA – Consumer groups said a regulation proposed by California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara to require discounts for homeowners who take home-hardening steps to reduce their risk of damage from wildfires must also apply to insurance companies' decisions about which pro

Tue, 11/09/2021 - 09:11

Los Angeles, CA -- A coalition of patients and families harmed by medical negligence launched a new website today – 

Tue, 11/02/2021 - 14:08

San Diego, CA – The Insurance Commissioner cannot force insurance companies to repay consumers when they charge excessive rates, the state Court of Appeal in San Diego ruled late Friday afternoon. 

Tue, 11/02/2021 - 11:10

Los Angeles, CA – Consumer Watchdog is debuting a digital ofrenda (altar) celebrating the lives of Californians who died due to medical negligence today and tomorrow in recognition of Dia de los Muertos.  Advocate families that span across California recorded videos sharing a glimpse int

Mon, 10/25/2021 - 15:09

In a case to be heard by the United States Supreme Court this December, CVS Health corporation is attempting to severely limit the reach of two landmark civil rights laws providing people living with disabilities “meaningful access” to benefits.

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 10:32

Los Angeles, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called Governor Newsom’s draft rule creating a first-of-its-kind 3200-foot setback between oil wells and communities a “historic moment for California and the nation, but one that needs to followed with immediate denial of oil and gas permits as part of

Tue, 10/19/2021 - 13:14

Once again, the medical lobby’s stranglehold on the legislature ensured that bad doctors will not be held accountable by the Medical Board of California.

Wed, 10/06/2021 - 13:10

Los Angeles, CA — Governor Newsom’s oil regulators have approved 9,728 oil drilling permits since he assumed office in 2019, according to a new analysis of permits approved through October 1, 2021and posted at www.NewsomWellWatch.org by Consumer Watchd

Mon, 10/04/2021 - 13:22

Los Angeles, CA — While an oil spill in federal waters damages Southern California beaches, wildlife and habitat, oil regulators under Gov.

Wed, 09/22/2021 - 13:38

Sacramento, CA – Today’s CBS This Morning special investigation makes a damning case for reform of physician oversight and legal accountability in California.  The segment documents how the influence of the doctors’ lobby on lawmakers and on the Medical Board of California allows bad doc

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 09:03

Los Angeles, CA -- Letters received from the state bar and sources confirmed by journalist Justin Kloczko show that Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer is under i

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 11:59

Los Angeles, CA—The California Assembly refused to act on a budget proposal put forth by the Senate to shore up Californian’s collapsing bottle deposit system and to offer consumers convenient ways to return bottles and cans for deposit.

Mon, 08/16/2021 - 09:41

Los Angeles, CA – The nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog applauded the decision by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate Tesla’s Autopilot feature and crashes related to it.