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U.S. Supreme Court Forces DIRECTV Customers Out Of Court, Into Private Arbitration Over Illegal $480 “Early Cancellation Fees”

12-14-2015 03:00 am
Harvey Rosenfield

In the latest of a series of decisions closing the courthouse doors on consumers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning, 6 to 3, that DIRECTV customers in California who were illegally charged 'cancellation fees' of up to $480 - often taken directly out of a consumer's bank account or charged to a credit card without the customer's permission - cannot join together to sue the company in court. Instead, the high court ordered, each consumer must have

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US Supreme Court Reveals Little In Oral Argument On DIRECTV Case

10-06-2015 18:17 pm
Jamie Court

Our attorneys' report from the US Supreme Court is that this morning's oral argument didn't reveal which way the majority was leaning in Imburgia v. DIRECTV.At issue is whether millions of consumers who paid exorbitant early termination fees can go to court in our class action, or are stuck in one-on-one mandatory arbitrations not contemplated by the contract that DIRECTV drafted.The Los Angeles Times reports on the argument: 'The justices sounded split Tuesday on whether to block the

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US Supreme Court to Hold Hearing on Consumer Lawsuit Against DIRECTV

09-16-2015 03:00 am
Harvey Rosenfield

Seven years ago, Consumer Watchdog's legal team brought a class action lawsuit against DIRECTV on behalf of California customers who were charged unlawful early cancellation fees of up to $480 - often taken directly out of a consumer's bank account or charged to a credit card without the customer's permission. Next month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hold a hearing on DIRECTV's argument that the case should be thrown out. The company claims its customers agreed to resolve

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VICTORY!! Federal Employee HIV Drug Discrimination

06-16-2014 14:27 pm
Jerry Flanagan

Over the weekend, one of our federal employee 'John Doe' clients received a nice surprise from his health insurer: the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association ('BCBS') will no longer charge higher (discriminatory) co-pays for HIV drugs and has taken HIV drugs off its mandatory mail-order drug list, which threatened patient health, safety, and privacy.Read the letter from BCBS here.Consumer Watchdog attorneys have brought successful lawsuits against Anthem Blue Cross and United Healthcare regarding those companies' 'specialty drug' mail-order

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Proposed Settlement of the Hyundai/Kia Fuel Economy Class Action Requires Improvements

03-06-2014 03:00 am
Laura Antonini

Attorneys at Consumer Watchdog and a group of law firms representing owners of Hyundai and Kia vehicles whose fuel economy (miles per gallon) was misrepresented by Hyundai and Kia say the terms of a proposed settlement between the vehicle manufacturers and two other plaintiffs' law firms should be improved, according to a lengthy analysis prepared by the Consumer Watchdog team.The analysis, submitted to all parties and filed with the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, California, highlights three

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Court of Appeal to Hear DIRECTV’s Attempt to Force Consumers in Cancellation Fee Class Action into Arbitration

03-06-2014 03:00 am
Laura Antonini

On March 19, 2014, the California Court of Appeal will hold a hearing on DIRECTV's attempt to force its customers who were wrongly charged early cancellation penalties to bring claims individually before private arbitrators rather than proceed in court as a class action. The class action lawsuit, brought by Consumer Watchdog's attorneys on behalf of DIRECTV customers, claims that DIRECTV's early cancellation penalties are unlawful and were often taken out of consumers' checking accounts without their permission.DIRECTV is

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Boeing Volunteers to Stand Down in Consumer Watchdog Suit Over Illegal Demolition and Disposal of Radioactive Waste from Reactor Test Site

10-30-2013 13:15 pm
Liza Tucker

Over the weekend, Boeing misled the media on a preliminary injunction request by Consumer Watchdog in Sacramento Superior Court last Friday afternoon. We'd asked a judge to stop the state from letting Boeing demolish and dispose of radioactive debris from radionuclide-impregnated buildings in one area of its Santa Susana rocket and nuclear reactor research facility in Simi Hills.The company issued a statement saying, 'We are pleased by the court's decision to not grant a preliminary injunction and appreciate

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Court Grants Rehearing in Autism Case

10-12-2013 02:16 am
Jerry Flanagan

This week the California Court of Appeal granted Consumer Watchdog's petition for rehearing in its seminal lawsuit against the Department of Managed Health Care over treatment for autistic children.Consumer Watchdog scored a major victory in the recent decision, which bars state regulators and HMOs from discriminating against children in the future on the basis of whether treatment providers hold state licenses.However, Consumer Watchdog had urged the Court to reconsider part of the ruling that could be read to

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Autism Ruling Change Requested

09-27-2013 15:17 pm
Jerry Flanagan

This week Consumer Watchdog filed a brief urging the California Court of Appeal to reconsider part of a recent ruling ending autism discrimination that could be read to put behavior analysts at risk of being prosecuted for the 'unlicensed practice of psychology' for care provided prior to the passage of a recent state autism law.Consumer Watchdog scored a major victory in the recent decision, which bars state regulators and HMOs from discriminating against children in the future on

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Autism Discrimination Barred

09-11-2013 03:00 am
Jerry Flanagan

We're very proud of the legal team's recent victory in a lawsuit to bar discrimination against children.The California Court of Appeal's decision ended the Department of Managed Health Care's discriminatory practice of allowing HMOs to deny treatment for autistic children on the basis that such treatment can only be administered through state-licensed providers. Read more here.A big thank you to the California Department of Insurance, Autism Speaks, and the California Association for Behavior Analysis who provided briefs supporting

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