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News Story
3/16/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
•  Retreat follows criticism from consumer groups, state •  Says individual and family plan rates won’t change this year LOS ANGELES, CA -- Blue Shield of California says it will freeze rates until next year for any individual or family plan member, canceling a hike that would have raised some policyholders...
News Story
3/1/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Judge rejects consumer group's argument that settlement would shortchange class members.         LOS ANGELES - A judge has given his initial thumbs-up to a $545 million settlement of a long-running insurance class action, rejecting a consumer advocacy group's argument that the deal shortchanges the...
Legal Update
2/4/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Over the objections of the insurance companies and attorneys for the plaintiffs, Superior Court Judge William F. Highberger granted a Farmers customer’s request to intervene in Fogel v. Farmers Group, Inc. and postponed the preliminary class action settlement approval hearing until March 2, 2011. Consumer Watchdog's lawyers, who...
Courtroom Case
2/4/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Los Angeles Superior Court No. BC 300142 Consumer Watchdog is representing a former Farmers Group, Inc. customer ("Intervenor") who is challenging portions of a $455 million settlement of a national class action lawsuit against Farmers. (For the most up-to-date information about this case, see CASE UPDATES to the right.) Any person who...
News Release
1/6/2011
Posted by Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer advocates are calling Blue Shield's 59% premium hike Exhibit A for legislation that would allow the Insurance Commissioner to curb health insurers' rate hikes.  California Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-LA) has introduced AB 52, which would require health insurers to receive approval from the state before...
Blog Post
1/4/2011
Posted by Doug Heller
After a $5 million campaign by insurance companies to defeat him, Dave Jones has been sworn in as California's fourth elected Insurance Commissioner.  I was at the inauguration in Sacramento and these are my notes... Interestingly, if not surprisingly, the insurance industry that spent all that money attacking Jones is here in full...
News Release
12/9/2010
Posted by Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA –  Mercury Insurance’s approximately $72 million rate cut for California drivers today comes despite the company’s original plan to hike premiums.  The price cut is the result of the California Department of Insurance’s refusal to allow Mercury Insurance to raise rates by approximately $32...
Success Story
11/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In California’s June 2010 primary election consumer groups defeated two corporate-backed initiatives simply by pointing out the corporate cash behind them. Pacific Gas and Electric spent more than $46 million on Proposition 16 to create a nearly insurmountable two-thirds-vote hurdle before a municipality could create a public utility...
Success Story
11/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In a populist fight, targeting the right person can change the entire campaign. That’s how Consumer Watchdog ended one insurance company CEO’s two-decade war against voter-backed insurance regulation and won an end to insurers’ redlining of poor and urban neighborhoods. George Joseph is one of the four hundred richest men in the...
Success Story
11/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog's founder led the 1988 voter revolt against insurance companies that passed Proposition 103 and saved Californians billions. 27 years ago Consumer Watchdog's advocates led the successful effort to reform auto, home, and other property-casualty insurance companies. That 1988 ballot initative, Prop 103, has saved California...