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Courtroom Case
10/15/2010
Posted by Doug Heller
Consumer Watchdog Challenges Court of Appeal Overturning Proposition 103's Provision Guaranteeing Citizens the Right to Challenge Illegal Practices by Insurance Companies.   Proposition 103 provides consumers an unqualified right to go to court and sue insurance companies that break the law. But in 2010, a panel of California Court of...
News Story
10/14/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Few statewide political jobs in California are more important – or more poorly understood – than that of state Insurance Commissioner. The commissioner can seize and license companies, decide rates, investigate wrongdoing, ride herd on insurers’ conduct in a $124 billion market, regulate brokers and agents, handle some health-...
News Story
10/14/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
One of the candidates — Democrat Dave Jones or Republican Mike Villines — will have a chance to set up state programs as part of the healthcare overhaul.                      Reporting from Sacramento — Two state assemblymen not...
News Release
10/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
$1.2 Million In Insurance Industry Donations In Past Two Weeks to Chamber PAC Running Ads Against Dave Jones Santa Monica, CA – For the second time in two weeks, insurance industry giants have made major contributions to a political action committee campaigning to defeat insurance commissioner candidate Dave Jones and elect Mike Villines,...
News Story
10/8/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Class action had accused the L.A.-based insurance management firm of charging excessive fees to customers. Farmers says plaintiffs' claims are without basis but it agreed to settle to end the case. Reporting from Los Angeles and Sacramento — Farmers Group Inc., a Los Angeles-based insurance management firm, and its Swiss corporate...
News Release
10/6/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Candidate Mike Villines Has Taken $66,950 From Insurance Companies Despite Pledge Not to Take Industry Cash Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph and Progressive Insurance have deposited three hundred fifteen thousand dollars in a political action committee that has begun an advertising campaign attacking insurance...
Video
9/28/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California's Low-Cost Auto Insurance Program has been extended for five years! We sponsored the 1999 legislation that created the program, and this is a great victory for us. Thousands of previously uninsured low income drivers can now afford auto insurance.
News Release
9/27/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Program Gives Lifeline In Tough Economy With No Taxpayer Cost Santa Monica, CA -- Governor Schwarzenegger has signed legislation, AB 1597 (authored by Assemblyman Dave Jones) to maintain California's innovative auto insurance program for low-income Californians with good driving records. The California Low Cost Auto Insurance program (CLCA),...
Blog Post
9/24/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
This morning I ventured into the Tea Party's den at Fox National News to talk about our Times Square Superscreen advertisement, which calls the question: "Are You Mad As Hell But Think The Tea Party Is Insane?" Fox viewers have been following up with emails and calls about the anchor's inquiries regarding Consumer Watchdog's funding,...
Legal Update
9/22/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In November of 2009, Hartford Insurance submitted an application for a 6.9% rate increase to the California Department of Insurance. Consumer Watchdog intervened, pointing out numerous problems with the requested rate to the state. After a year-long process, the Commissioner issued his approval today. Instead of a 6.9% increase, the Commissioner...