By Pam Pressley
Our Legal Team had a busy week last week, with two big auto insurance rate victories and significant steps forward in our legal cases against insurance company abuses. Here are some highlights of our accomplishments just this past week: 1) Slashed Farmers' requested auto rate increase in half from 6.9% to 3.5% 2) Lowered So...
By Laura Antonini
Last Thursday, February 14, Federal District Court Judge George H. Wu held an initial hearing on class action lawsuits filed against Hyundai and Kia across the country for falsifying gas mileage estimates. The lawsuits were sent to Judge Wu’s court in response to a petition filed by the Consumer Watchdog legal team, whose year long...
By Laura Antonini
Federal District Court Judge George H. Wu will hold his first hearing Thursday in the litigation over the MPG fraud by Hyundai and Kia. You can read the details of our latest lawsuit -- airing the complaints consumers across America who were victims on the fraud. Last week, Consumer Watchdog’s request to centralize all cases...
By Laura Antonini
Mercury Insurance – the company that California regulators say “has a deserved reputation for abusing its customers and intentionally violating the law with arrogance and indifference” – is infamous for playing every angle in its effort to avoid accountability for cheating its customers. Mercury has spent tens of millions...
Last month a California Court of Appeal overturned the Superior Court ruling in Streit v. Farmers Group, Inc. and allowed California consumers to pursue a lawsuit against Farmers Insurance for cheating customers out of fair refunds if they cancel their insurance policy. Consumer Watchdog’s attorneys authored a key “Friend of the...
By Harvey Rosenfield
Prepared Remarks of Harvey Rosenfield News Conference - Lawsuit Against Auto Club for Violation of Proposition 103 – Santa Monica, California October 25, 2012 Good morning, and thank you for coming. Joining us today is Ms. Jill Rogers, the plaintiff in the lawsuit we are here to discuss; Tim Blood, of the firm of Blood,...
By John M. Simpson
A Federal District Judge apparently shares at least some of Consumer Watchdog's concerns about a proposed settlement in the Facebook 'Sponsored Stories' class action suit. Consumer Watchdog Staff Attorney Laura Antonini filed a letter Thursday with Judge Richard Seeborg saying that the proposed deal in Fraley v. Facebook “ is...
This week more than 100,000 California Blue Cross consumers will receive notice of their right to change coverage under a settlement in the Feller v. Blue Cross class action lawsuit. Under the settlement, class members may (1) either change plans without medical underwriting to any one of the listed plans, or (2) remain in their current policy...
Good news for Blue Cross consumers. Yesterday morning I drove up to Ventura to attend the final approval hearing in Consumer Watchdog's class action lawsuit against Blue Cross for illegally closing insurance policies and using big rate hikes to force patients into lower-benefit and higher-deductible health coverage -- known as the "death...
Mercury Insurance, Overcharging California Homeowners by $35,000 a Day, Refuses to Lower Its Excessive Rates
Mercury Insurance wants to hike its already excessive homeowner’s insurance rates: Mercury’s stalling tactics have already cost its policyholders $25 million, and each day that Mercury is allowed to overcharge its policyholders amounts to $35,000 in excess profits. In May 2009, Mercury Insurance sought to hike its homeowners...