Path-Making Litigation in the Public Interest


Prosecuting Health Insurers

Strumwasser & Woocher served as lead counsel for the Department of Insurance's successful prosecution of PacifiCare Life & Health Insurance Company for over 900,000 violations of the Unfair Insurance Practices Act. In re PacifiCare Life & Health Ins. Co., No. UPA 2007-00004.

Advising and Representing Healthcare Organizations

The firm also advises the AIDS Healthcare Foundation regarding its electoral activities, contracting, and impact litigation in support of its mission to provide care and treatment to HIV/AIDS patients in California. The firm recently secured two victories for AHF challenging the County of Los Angeles' violations of the rules governing public contracting.

Protecting Access to Autism Care

Strumwasser & Woocher represents the nonprofit organization Consumer Watchdog and a developmental pediatrician in a challenge to the Department of Managed Health Care's policies regarding health insurance coverage for a highly effective treatment for autism, applied behavioral analysis ("ABA"). In litigation that has lasted nearly five years, the firm argued that the Department of Managed Health Care had inappropriately permitted health insurers to deny coverage to families where ABA therapy was provided by trained personnel who did not have a state license. The Court of Appeal has granted Consumer Watchdog's petition for rehearing and the case remains pending as of March 2014.