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  • States could lose rights under federal health care legislation Monday, November 16, 2009

    Federal health legislation could make it virtually impossible for states to enforce other consumer protection laws, such as the right to appeal if an insurer denies coverage for a particular treatment.

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  • Smoking is on the rise Friday, November 13, 2009

    Smoking nationally ticked upward among virtually all ethnic and age groups in 2008, but remained significantly below levels of a decade ago, the Centers for Disease Control reports. Overall, 20.6% of the population reported smoking, up from 19.8% in 2007. Prevelance was far higher among people whose income was below poverty level, at 31.5%, and people with no […]

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  • The bill you lobby for may be hazardous to your health Thursday, November 12, 2009

    If you’re lobbyist for a bill that imposes limits on damage awards in medical negligence cases, you probably think “tort reform” is a good idea. But if you’re a victim of medical negligence, you may wonder how the money an insurance company saves is going to meet your needs. And if you’re both those people? Then you’re the victim of a bad cosmic joke, thanks to a law you helped pass.

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  • Actor James Woods seeks justice in brother’s wrongful death Tuesday, November 10, 2009

    Michael Woods, actor James Woods’ brother, was sent for x-rays and returned to the emergency room, but all the treatment rooms were full, and his gurney was parked in the hallway. That’s where he died three years ago. A jury trial is opening in Mr. Woods’ death.

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  • Feds failed to properly investigate Toyota defects Sunday, November 8, 2009

    Despite 19 deaths and 1,000 owner complaints, federal investigations systematically excluded or dismissed the majority of complaints by owners that their Toyota and Lexus vehicles had suddenly accelerated, which sharply narrowed the scope of the probes.

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  • Mercury Insurance’s George Joseph launches initiative war Friday, November 6, 2009

    Stand back. Billionaire insurance executive George Joseph is launching what could become a new insurance initiative war.

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  • Fiorini didn’t vote but did play politic$ Friday, November 6, 2009

    Carly Fiorina didn’t vote but she and her husband made hefty campaign donations and her company, Hewlitt Packard, lobbied heavily.

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