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CAOC bills make headway
in final weeks of session



SACRAMENTO– As the 2015-16 Legislative Session winds to a close, CAOC President Elise Sanguinetti provides a brief video rundown of how consumer justice has fared so far in the state Capitol. Among the bills being sponsored by Consumer Attorneys of California is a series of measures to help citizens deal with forced arbitration clauses that deny a constitutional right to their day in court. CAOC is also backing a bill to ensure fair compensation for undocumented persons injured through no fault of their own and another measure requiring doctors to use the state’s lifesaving prescription drug database. Watch


August 26, 2016
Bill protecting abused elders
goes to the governor’s desk

CAOC-sponsored SB 1065 will bring swifter justice for dying seniors victimized by nursing home abuse. Will speed appeals when a judge rejects nursing home efforts to force an elder’s case into unfair arbitration. Appeals had dragged as long as three years, denying dying seniors a day in court.
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August 24, 2016
Bill to curb “doctor shopping”
clears final big hurdle in 80-0 vote

SB 482, sponsored by Consumer Attorneys of California, will help address the alarming prescription drug abuse epidemic by requiring physicians to check Rx database before prescribing potentially addictive painkillers. 
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August 17, 2016
Brown OKs bill to ensure fair
compensation for immigrants

Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of CAOC-sponsored AB 2159 by Asm. Lorena Gonzalez eliminates a 30-year injustice for undocumented immigrants injured through no fault of their own. Bill ensures equal treatment for all Californians regardless of immigration status when they seek damages in court. 
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(6/29/2016) Nick Rowley secures justice for a young man who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a beating inflicted during a pep rally at a Bakersfield high school.
(8/5/2016) An Olympic-sized statement: Robert Allard has led a national campaign against predators by representing women swimmers abused by their coaches.


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  July/Aug 2016
  Vol. 46, No. 4