State Lawmaker's Client List at Law Firm Undisclosed

Clients of state Senator Robert Hertzberg, who has a second job a Los Angeles law firm, remain undisclosed despite the fact that he proposed a major overhaul of the state’s tax laws that could benefit some corporations at the expense of other industries. 

A Form 700 Statement of Economic Interests filed by Senator Hertzberg in March of 2014 is out of date, disclosing his former firm and containing no client list

Will State Officials Racing For Boxer's Seat Be Bold or Weaker?

The announcement by Senator Boxer, a true champion of the underdog (watch her Rage for Justice speech), that she will not run for the Senate in 2016 will likely make a lot of other state officials rethink how they do their jobs. It's a lot like the moves you make playing musical chairs to make sure the music doesn't run out without you getting a seat.

California Officials Ready to Spank Oil Companies

I have been watching oil companies get away with price gouging for so many years that it was refreshing to see California's top political leaders let the oil companies know that they're going to be on the hot seat if they try to undermine California's landmark environmental laws taking effect in January.
 

CA Medical Board Must Investigate Drug Company Payments to Doctors Prescribing Psychiatric Drugs To Foster Children

Following a report that prescription drug manufacturers have paid or spent more than $14 million to doctors who prescribe drugs to children in California’s foster care system, Consumer Watchdog called on the California Medical Board to expand an investigation into doctors who prescribed dangerous and unapproved psychotropic medications to children.

Governor Should Audit Reports Of Thousands of Medical Errors At Hospitals

Following a report that thousands of medical errors were reported by California’s hospitals in the last four years, Consumer Watchdog called on Governor Brown and state health regulators to audit hospitals for failures to report many instances of patient harm and for full public disclosure of these events.

California Supreme Court Should Overturn Cap on Medical Malpractice Damages

Consumer Watchdog has joined the plaintiffs inHughes v. Pham in asking that the California Supreme Court review the constitutionality of the state’s arbitrary 39-year-old damages cap of $250,000 in medical malpractice cases. Even though a jury awarded the injured plaintiff millions in noneconomic damages for his permanent disability, this award was slashed to $250,000.

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