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News Release
1/21/2015
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento Superior Court has rejected an attack by Mercury and other insurance companies on state regulations that prevent insurance companies from making their policyholders pay for non-insurance expenses like political lobbying and sporting event sponsorships. The regulation is part of the landmark Prop 103 insurance...
News Story
1/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Sacramento Superior Court issued a decision rejecting an insurance industry challenge on the California insurance commissioner’s regulations under Proposition 103 that limit the amount of advertising costs insurers may pass on to consumers through insurance premiums. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones called the ruling in...
News Story
1/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A Sacramento County Superior Court judge has ruled that a case filed by environmentalists and anti-nuclear activists against the toxics department over the cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site in southern California can proceed, rejecting a motion for summary judgment by The Boeing Co., which is at the center of the dispute. The...
News Story
1/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A Sacramento judge has denied the Boeing Co.’s motion that argued that demolition and disposal of old buildings on the Santa Susana Field Laboratory can proceed without any intervention by state regulators. The ruling, made last week, means that the issue will continue on to a court hearing to determine the role of the California Department...
News Story
1/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California’s insurance commissioner is ordering Mercury Insurance to pay a $27.6 million fine for charging wrongful fees to its auto customers. In announcing the largest fine against a California auto insurance company, Commissioner Dave Jones said Monday that Mercury charged customers the same amount...
News Story
1/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Los Angeles-based Mercury Insurance was ordered by the California Department of Insurance to pay a fine of more than $27.5 millionfor charging customers unapproved "broker fees," state officials said Monday. "While the $27.5 million fine against Mercury is significant, it is commensurate with the amount of money that was unlawfully...
News Release
1/12/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Sacramento Superior Court has denied Boeing’s motion for summary judgment in a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lawsuit over the demolition and disposal of radioactively contaminated structures from the site of a partial nuclear meltdown near Los Angeles, Consumer Watchdog said today. “This is an...
News Release
1/12/2015
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance has been ordered by the California Insurance Commissioner to pay a historic $27.5 million penalty for willfully violating Proposition 103, by charging California consumers illegal auto insurance fees between 1996 and 2006. In February, 2004, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) filed an...
News Story
1/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
State regulators have issued a record $27.5-million fine against Mercury Insurance Group for charging customers fees that had not been approved by the Department of Insurance. The order closes a long-running case that involved charges made in 180,000 automobile insurance transactions between 1999 and 2004. A 1988 voter-approved initiative,...
News Story
1/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
State regulators on Monday ordered Mercury Insurance to pay a nearly $27.6 million fine for improperly collecting unapproved broker fees from its auto customers. The fine, issued by the Department of Insurance, was the culmination of years of litigation that involved more than 180,000 transactions conducted from 1999 through 2004. “Justice...