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April 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said he had asked Amgen Inc. to "account for notably high rebates" the company had offered physicians for prescribing Aranesp, an anemia drug. Thousand Oaks-based Amgen paid almost $800 million in rebates to 6,000 facilities, including physician groups, in 2006, Grassley said, citing company data. Doctors collected payments from Medicare and insurers that exceeded the price they paid for the drugs, he said. An Amgen spokeswoman said the company provided rebates, like many of its competitors, to its customers.
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April 2, 2014 | By Richard Verrier and John Horn
When filmmaker Darren Aronofsky started scouting locations for his biblical flood epic, "Noah," he had two potentially competing needs. The landscapes on which he would shoot exteriors needed at first to look like an uninhabitable wasteland, and, after the deluge, a new garden of Eden, where Noah, his family and his ark of animals could begin to repopulate the earth. The writer-director's production team considered Death Valley, deserts in Mexico and the Canary Islands. But when they visited Iceland, "Noah" found its port of call.
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BUSINESS
April 4, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- A federal court this week ruled that two government power agencies are liable for overcharging California ratepayers by more than $1 billion during the state's energy crisis of 2000 and 2001. The California Public Utilities Commission, which has been pursuing the overcharging claims for 11 years, announced that the U.S. Court of Claims in Washington, D.C., ruled that the Bonneville Power Administration and Western Area Power Administration sold electricity at extremely high prices.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Ratepayers of Southern California Edison Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. could be in line for more than $1 billion in refunds as part of a possible financial settlement from the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Both Edison and another party to the negotiations, the Utility Reform Network (TURN), a consumer advocacy group, confirmed that a settlement conference is scheduled next Thursday at the San Francisco headquarters of the California Public Utilities Commission.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2012 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
Nearly 2 million Californians will receive $73.9 million in rebates from health insurers as part of the federal healthcare law, according to state officials. Insurers notified government regulators in June of how much they owed customers in rebates or premium credits because they didn't spend at least 80% or more of 2011 premiums on medical care. The minimum threshold is 85% for employers with more than 51 workers. Figures released Tuesday mark the final tally for California; insurers must issue refunds by Wednesday.
BUSINESS
May 12, 1994 | KATHY M. KRISTOF
Just how much is your insurance agent worth to you? That question is at the heart of a soon-to-be-decided legal battle between big insurance companies and a handful of California insurance agents who want to rebate their commissions openly. If the issue is ultimately decided in favor of the insurers, rebates could be much more difficult to find--eliminated by law or in practice.
NEWS
March 19, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
In discussions of getting people to eat more produce and whole grains, price often comes up as a barrier. Rand Corp. research released Tuesday shows that offering discounts on healthful foods increases the amounts people eat - and it appears also to reduce how much foods such as cookies and chips they eat too. The researchers looked at a program in South Africa that since 2009 has provided rebates of 10% or 25% to members of Discovery Health,...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2009 | Nicole Santa Cruz
A cash-strapped conservation credit program run by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has stopped paying vendors and customers for installing water-saving toilets and appliances. Though the program has been deemed highly successful, demand for the rebates has increased threefold over the last two years. In May, the water district moved to suspend the program, said Bob Muir, a spokesman for it.
BUSINESS
March 26, 1993 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi on Thursday accused five life insurance companies of illegally refusing to do business with an agent who rebates part of his commissions to consumers. The action represents Garamendi's first attempt to enforce the law that made such discounting legal in California. Rebating became legal under one of the provisions of Proposition 103, the 1988 insurance rate rollback referendum.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California electricity ratepayers could get rebates of as much as $1.6 billion from more than a dozen power wholesalers that allegedly manipulated the market during the energy crisis of 2000, the state Public Utilities Commission announced. The commission in a statement released late Tuesday praised an "initial decision" issued Friday by a federal administrative law judge who ruled in favor of the state in a complaint filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
BUSINESS
June 4, 2013 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
Blue Shield of California owes $24.5 million in rebates to thousands of small-business customers, and rival Anthem Blue Cross will return $12 million to small firms under requirements of the federal healthcare law. The annual rebates were disclosed in reports to state regulators, and the final tally from some companies may change before they are paid out by Aug. 1. The rebate is required under the federal Affordable Care Act when insurers fail...
BUSINESS
April 4, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- A federal court this week ruled that two government power agencies are liable for overcharging California ratepayers by more than $1 billion during the state's energy crisis of 2000 and 2001. The California Public Utilities Commission, which has been pursuing the overcharging claims for 11 years, announced that the U.S. Court of Claims in Washington, D.C., ruled that the Bonneville Power Administration and Western Area Power Administration sold electricity at extremely high prices.
SCIENCE
March 29, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
Want to know what the average electricity use is in your Los Angeles neighborhood and how it compares with other parts of town? The California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA has released what it calls a first-of-its-kind  interactive energy map. Using commercial and residential customer data provided by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the project shows Los Angeles energy use by census block, along with other information such...
NEWS
March 19, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
In discussions of getting people to eat more produce and whole grains, price often comes up as a barrier. Rand Corp. research released Tuesday shows that offering discounts on healthful foods increases the amounts people eat - and it appears also to reduce how much foods such as cookies and chips they eat too. The researchers looked at a program in South Africa that since 2009 has provided rebates of 10% or 25% to members of Discovery Health,...
BUSINESS
February 21, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California electricity ratepayers could get rebates of as much as $1.6 billion from more than a dozen power wholesalers that allegedly manipulated the market during the energy crisis of 2000, the state Public Utilities Commission announced. The commission in a statement released late Tuesday praised an "initial decision" issued Friday by a federal administrative law judge who ruled in favor of the state in a complaint filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2012 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
Nearly 2 million Californians will receive $73.9 million in rebates from health insurers as part of the federal healthcare law, according to state officials. Insurers notified government regulators in June of how much they owed customers in rebates or premium credits because they didn't spend at least 80% or more of 2011 premiums on medical care. The minimum threshold is 85% for employers with more than 51 workers. Figures released Tuesday mark the final tally for California; insurers must issue refunds by Wednesday.
BUSINESS
February 21, 1992
In an effort to boost sales of its newest model and increase traffic at its dealerships, Hyundai Motor America said Wednesday that it has doubled the factory rebate on 1992 Elantras to $1,000. The new rebate is effective through April 2. Tom Ryan, Hyundai Motor America vice president, said the company hiked the rebate because it "is doing everything possible to stimulate the economy, giving it the push it so badly needs."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Responding to appeals from an array of construction unions, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a $67.3-million subsidy for a new downtown hotel across from L.A. Live. The council voted 10 to 1 to provide developers of a 23-story Marriott complex on Olympic Boulevard a tax rebate equal to half of the revenue - from sales taxes, property taxes, parking taxes, business taxes, utility taxes and room taxes - generated by the project over 25 years. That money will flow to the developers, Williams/Dame & Associates and American Life Inc., in the form of a hotel tax rebate, said Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller.
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