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9/17/1998
CONTACT Consumer Watchdog
SANTA MONICA--Hundreds of volunteers from the Oaks Project gathered in San Diego, Santa Monica and San Francisco today to launch the grassroots effort to educate voters, gain support and recruit more volunteers for the campaign to pass Proposition 9. Consumer advocates and volunteers denounced the $28 billion bailout of the utilities under the...
News Release
9/17/1998
CONTACT Consumer Watchdog
Second Major Defeat for Insurer-Quackenbush Legal Team This Year In yet another legal defeat for the alliance of Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush and the insurance industry, today the California Supreme Court denied review of the case of Proposition 103 Enforcement Project v. Quackenbush, making that case final. In that case, a unanimous...
News Release
9/16/1998
CONTACT Consumer Watchdog
Petition Calls for Rate Reduction of at Least $100 to $150 million Based upon a petition filed by the Proposition 103 Enforcement Project, a consumer watchdog organization, California Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush has granted a hearing to require Allstate to lower its auto insurance rates at least 10% to 15%. The Project's petition...
News Release
9/14/1998
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U.S. Senate to Vote Wednesday on While the country is pre-occupied with the details of President Clinton's infidelity, the insurance industry is taking advantage of this national distraction to make a final push for a national "no fault" auto insurance system in the United States Senate. Deceptively named the "Auto Choice Reform Act," Senate...
News Release
8/13/1998
CONTACT Consumer Watchdog
Poll Shows 57% Of Voters Support Prop 9 A preliminary analysis of Proposition 9 by the California Energy Commission indicates that the measure's passage will dramatically cut electric rates for California consumers. The report states that the passage of Prop 9 will result in "residential prices in 1999 fall[ing] from 24 to 37 percent from 1997...
News Release
6/25/1998
CONTACT Consumer Watchdog
Superior Court Orders Commissioner Quackenbush to Stop Allowing Insurers to Use Zip Code-Based Auto Rates; Court of Appeal Strikes Down Legislation That Illegal In a lawsuit brought by the Project (Proposition 103 Enforcement Project v. Quackenbush), an Oakland Superior Court ruled that the state's largest insurance companies, Allstate, State...
News Release
6/25/1998
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States, Congress, Wall Street Watch Closely as Utilities Promise to Spend $50 Million to Defeat Measure Setting the stage for a debate likely to dominate the coming election season and influence the nation, the California Secretary of State today announced that the citizen-based CUT initiative to stop the $28 billion utility bailout tax has...
News Release
6/23/1998
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Consumer and Environmental Groups Blast Faulty Electricity Deregulation SAN FRANCISCO, CA --David Brower, a founder of the modern environmental movement and the first Executive Director of the Sierra Club, joined consumer advocates around the country in calling for an end to ratepayer bailouts of private utility companies. Over 100 consumer and...
News Release
6/19/1998
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Consumer and Civil Rights Organizations Joined by Cities of Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco in Lawsuits Against Insurance Commissioner An Alameda Superior Court judge will hear oral arguments on Friday that insurance companies are continuing to illegally use arbitrary factors, such as ZIP-code, gender, marital status and persistency, as...
News Release
6/1/1998
CONTACT Consumer Watchdog
Under Prop 213, Auto Maker Not Liable For Pain and Suffering of Badly Burned Teen -- For Now A consumer group announced today its disappointment with a Court of Appeal ruling that allows Ford Motor Company to use a 1996 voter initiative targeting uninsured drivers as a shield against responsibility for injuries cause by a dangerously-designed...