KCBS 740AM San Francisco, CA: Consumer Advocates and Victims' Families Approve of Raising of Med Mal Cap

By Staff Reports, KCBS 740AM San Francisco, CA

May 18, 2022

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Consumer Advocates and victims' families approve of the passage of AB 35 which will raise the cap on medical malpractice damages for the first time in nearly 50 years. 

California Focus: Doubt Removed; Oil Refiners Gouging Us

Column by Tom Elias, CHICO ENTERRISE-RECORD

May 17, 2022

https://www.chicoer.com/2022/05/17/doubt-removed-oil-refiners-gouging-u…

There was some room for doubt back in February, when gasoline prices rose precipitously: Until the oil companies who refine most California gas unveiled their first-quarter profits, it would be impossible to be sure the spike stemmed from price gouging.

California Lawmakers Raise Awards For Malpractice Lawsuits

By Adam Beam, ASSOCIATED PRESS

May 13, 2022

https://apnews.com/article/health-lawsuits-california-legislature-gavin…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature on Thursday agreed to increase how much money people can win in medical malpractice lawsuits, resolving one of the thorniest disputes in state politics by raising a cap on damages for the first time in 47 years.

'Oil Refiners Exploited The Crisis': Report Shows Oil Refiners Are Gouging California Drivers

By Alexi Chidbachian, KTTV FOX TV-11 Los Angeles, CA

May 11, 2022

https://www.foxla.com/news/oil-refiners-exploited-the-crisis-report-sho…

LOS ANGELES - A recent investor profits report shows that California oil refiners are gouging Californians as they earn more than double the number of other refiners.

Column: Everyone Wins In Compromise To Increase Malpractice Payouts — Especially Victims

Column by George Skelton, LOS ANGELES TIMES

May 9, 2022

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-05-09/skelton-malpractice…

SACRAMENTO — It’s being called the Sacramento equivalent of the Berlin Wall falling. Or a Middle East peace pact.

Long-warring enemies have suddenly negotiated a historic compromise over how much money medical malpractice victims can be awarded for pain and suffering.

Western States Petroleum Association Spent $17.5 Million On CA Lobbying Over 3 Years, $952,367 In 2022

By Dan Bacher, DAILY KOS

May 6, 2022

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/5/6/2096432/-Western-States-Petro…

Deep regulatory capture by Big Oil is thriving in California, despite continual boasting by politicians that the state is the nation's "green" and "progressive" leader.

Editorial: Elect Levine To End Lara's Insurance Commissioner Scandals

California needs consumer protection, not partying, dining and cozying up with industry lobbyists and executives

By The MERCURY NEWS and EAST BAY TIMES Editorial Boards

April 28, 2022

https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/04/28/editorial-elect-marc-levine-to-e…

California needs a new insurance commissioner - one that voters can feel confident represents their interests.

ELECTION 2022: An Independent Regulator - Marc Levine Would Be An Insurance Commissioner For The People — And The Planet.

By The LOS ANGELES TIMES Editorial Board

April 28, 2022

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2022-04-28/marc-levine-endorsemen…

Ricardo Lara’s first year as California insurance commissioner — the elected office charged with regulating the state’s $310-billion insurance industry — was an ethical disaster.

Victims of Medical Malpractice Could Win More In Damages Under New Deal Reached By California Lawmaker

By Bob Egelko, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

April 27, 2022

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Victims-of-medical-malpract…

Consumer advocates, physicians and legislative leaders announced a long-sought agreement Wednesday to rewrite change a 1975 California law that placed a $250,000 limit on damages for pain and suffering caused by medical malpractice.

Sacramento Reaches MICRA Deal

By Victoria Colliver, POLITICO PRO

April 27, 2022

California’s nearly 50-year-old medical malpractice compensation limits may soon be increased as part of a deal announced Wednesday that could end a decadeslong fight that’s pitted doctors and insurance companies against patients and families seeking justice in the courtroom for wrongful injuries or deaths.

California’s Malpractice Payouts Would Rise Under A Deal To Avoid A Costly Ballot Fight

By Melody Gutierrez, LOS ANGELES TIMES

April 27, 2022

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-04-27/california-malpract…

SACRAMENTO — Cash payments in California medical malpractice cases would go up for the first time in nearly five decades under a deal between rival interest groups announced Wednesday that avoids a costly battle at the ballot box in November. 

US Gas Prices Are Over $4 A Gallon. These Oil CEOs Took Home Over $20 Million

Oil and gas CEOs received nearly $45m more in combined total compensation in 2021 compared to 2020 amid a spike in prices

By Iffah Kitchlew, THE GUARDIAN UK

April 25, 2022

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/apr/25/us-gas-prices-oil-c…

While gas prices soar for consumers, one group of people isn’t faring so badly.

California Bill Setting Greater Disclosures on Insurance Department Bottled Up in Committee

By Timothy Darragh, BestWire

April 22, 2022

A bill requiring greater disclosure between California Department of Insurance personnel and insurance companies and other measures failed to get out of a state House committee, virtually dooming them for this legislative session.

The California House Insurance Committee held AB 2323 without a recommendation.

Inflation Means A Bay Area Resident Will Spend $4,400 More For The Same Stuff This Year

By Kellie Hwang, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

April 12, 2022

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/san-francisco-inflation-170…

Buying pretty much anything in the Bay Area is generally more expensive, but adding rising inflation into the mix has made things even harder.

Just the thought of filling up the gas tank at $6 a gallon can induce anxiety. 

New Lawsuit Against SD Plastic Surgeon Charged In Patient's Death

By Jennifer Kastner, KGTV ABC TV-10 San Diego, CA

April 7, 2022

https://www.10news.com/news/team-10/new-lawsuit-against-sd-plastic-surg…

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A Bonita plastic surgeon who's charged with involuntary manslaughter in a patient's death is coming under fire again. This time it's over a different patient. He's still allowed to practice without notifying patients.

Newsom Unveils Bottle Recycling Plan

By Dustin Gardiner, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

April 6, 2022

https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Newsom-proposal-California…

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration unveiled a $330 million proposal Friday that aims to breathe new life into California's ailing bottle deposit program by opening up thousands more locations where consumers can redeem empty bottles and cans for their nickel and dime deposits. 

Ex-LA City Attorney’s Office Lawyer Pleads Guilty In DWP Billing Case

By City News Service, THE DAILY NEWS OF LOS ANGELES

April 5, 2022

https://www.dailynews.com/2022/04/05/ex-la-city-attorneys-office-lawyer…

LOS ANGELES — A former senior lawyer in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge connected to lawsuits involving the 2014 Department of Water and Power billing system debacle.

KNX 1070 AM Los Angeles, CA: LADWP Billing Scandal Meeting Report Implicates City Attorney Mike Feuer's Involvement

By Natalie Savidian, KNX 1070 AM Los Angeles, CA

April 5, 2022

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Jamie Court with Consumer Watchdog calls for Mike Feuer to explain why he shouldn't resign after the explosive report implicating him as present in an LADWP extortion scandal meeting. 

S.F. Bottle Recycling Program Draws Ire Of Advocacy Groups

By Dustin Gardiner and J.D. Morris, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

April 5, 2022

https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/sf-bottle-recycling-170525…

When San Francisco launched its mobile recycling program at the start of the year, city officials hailed the "first-of-its-kind" effort as a way to make recycling easier for consumers struggling to redeem their empty cans and bottles for 5- and 10-cent deposits.