April 10, 2013 |
In a rare case, a Los Angeles jury awarded $3.8 million in compensatory damages to a Porter Ranch doctor who contended insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross retaliated against him for being a strong patient advocate. The jury ruled late Monday in favor of Jeffrey Nordella, 58, an urgent-care and family-practice doctor who alleged that Anthem barred him from its network in 2010, when he applied to be a preferred provider. The damages could climb higher Friday, when the 12-person panel reconvenes and considers punitive damages against Anthem, a unit of insurance giant WellPoint Inc. The jury found that Anthem, the state's largest for-profit health insurer, violated Nordella's right to "fair procedure," and the company did so with "malice, oppression or fraud.
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March 25, 2013 |
A 19-year-old man convicted of raping and assaulting a woman during a burglary at her Stevenson Ranch home was sentenced Monday to 43 years to life in state prison. Jerry Moon was sentenced in San Fernando by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Lloyd Nash as part of a plea deal agreed upon in December, said Deputy Dist. Atty Julie Kramer. The woman was assaulted after Moon, who lived in Stevenson Ranch, broke into her home on Jan. 8, 2012. Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives arrested Moon about a month afterward and he has remained in custody.
March 21, 2013 |
ARIVACA, Ariz. - When Jim Chilton tends to the cattle on his 50,000-acre ranch in southern Arizona, he packs at least two guns and no less than 5 gallons of water. A pistol and a rifle are to ward off the drug smugglers who encroach on his land abutting the U.S.-Mexico border. Drums of water in the bed of his Ford truck are for thirsty border crossers lured by U.S. jobs. RELATED: Is the border secure? Unlike much of the heavily fortified border fence in Arizona, the only barriers separating Chilton's ranch from Mexico are four strands of rusty barbed wire, strung along steel posts.
March 12, 2013 |
America, you've got Gina McDonald all wrong. "The Biggest Loser" contestant said she has shed many tears watching herself on TV this season and said that viewers were only seeing one side of her -- the side that whined, kicked, screamed and pouted like a baby, and committed the most unspeakable crime possible at the ranch: lashing out at Bob Harper. (Worse, she lashed out at Bob even though he has been unwavering in his support of her.) But this week, she said, America saw the real Gina, the graceful, gracious Southern woman who took it all in sweet stride when she was eliminated after falling below the red line for failing to lose enough weight.
March 7, 2013 |
Taco Bell officially launched its hotly anticipated Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos on Thursday, the day after fans revolted over expectations that the item would be available Wednesday. The new offering was preceded to the menu by the Nacho Cheese taco, which has sold more than 350 million units and is considered by the Irvine company to be its most successful product launch in its 51-year history. The run-up to the Cool Ranch debut was accompanied by a massive social media push and special events, including password-only previews for fans in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles.
February 26, 2013 |
"The Biggest Loser" race sees this happen every season. Someone loses a jaw-dropping amount of weight -- and still goes home. This season, this week, it was Alexandra Reid. The 24-year-old legal assistant from Carrollton, Texas, lost eight pounds -- eight pounds! -- but it wasn't enough. She fell below the yellow line and was eliminated. Speaking during a media conference call Tuesday morning, Alex said she continues to lose weight at home -- and finds it far easier to do so at home than at the ranch where personal dramas can swirl.