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News Release
8/11/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Newport Beach, CA -- Consumer Watchdog advocates delivered letters to, and picketed outside, the offices of Orange County Mercury Insurance agents whose "Agents Alliance" group is sponsoring Mercury Insurance's proposed ballot measure to repeal a key insurance consumer protection in California and raise car insurance rates for...
News Story
8/10/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
That wise-cracking Geico gecko has just been served a heaping slice of humble pie, courtesy of the state of California. Recently, Geico asked the California Department of Insurance (CDI) for permission to raise rates on drivers by 4 percent. But the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog got a whiff of the proposal and barked. Using a state law known...
News Release
8/9/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Watch the Video of the Press Conference: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/video/buzzing-mercury-open   Carlsbad, CA -- A plane towing the message "Don't Trust Mercury" flew over Center Court during the Finals match at the Mercury Insurance Tennis Open and a mobile billboard carrying the same message circled the La Costa...
News Story
7/26/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
California motorists with a Geico auto insurance policy will soon be spending less on monthly premiums. According to Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit advocacy group, policyholders will spend approximately 11 percent less on their auto insurance rates starting in August. The insurer had initially requested a 4 percent hike in rates. However,...
News Story
7/23/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Geico car insurance premiums are dropping 10.7 percent, a move that will save Californians a total of $91 million. The company's rate decrease affects more than 717,000 policyholders across the state starting Aug. 15. Geico is the state's seventh-largest auto insurer. It controls 5.4 percent of the California market and 5.7 percent of...
News Release
7/22/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica, CA – Starting next month, GEICO will begin implementing a 10.7% overall rate decrease for its California automobile insurance policyholders.  GEICO originally asked the California Department of Insurance (CDI) for a 4% increase to its automobile insurance rates, but the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog challenged the hike....
News Story
5/31/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
As the head of communications for two of the country’s largest health insurers for almost 20 years, I recognize an orchestrated spin campaign when I see one. And boy oh boy did I see an award-winning one this week in San Francisco. The supposedly nonprofit Blue Shield of California went to extraordinary lengths Tuesday to unveil its...
News Release
4/18/2011
Posted by Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA –Metropolitan Direct Insurance Company has withdrawn a $6 million rate hike after Consumer Watchdog challenged the company’s proposed 5.8% increase to its auto insurance rates.  Consumer Watchdog sought intervention after reviewing Metropolitan Direct’s rate application and finding several errors and...
Video
3/6/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
Go green and save on your auto insurance. Consumer Watchdog's Doug Heller explains to KGO-TV's Michale Finney how this may be the first time State Farm and Consumer Watchdog are on the same side.  Thanks to new rules under insurance reform Prop 103 you can save 1% to 2% on your auto insurance for every 500 fewer miles you drive....
Feature
8/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
  State regulators describe Mercury Insurance as an abusive, anti-consumer company. The California Department of Insurance recently made this statement before an Administrative Law Judge in an agency enforcement action against Mercury: Mercury has a deserved reputation for abusing its customers and intentionally violating the law...