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News Release
3/8/2017
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
SANTA MONICA, CA: “Self-driving” vehicles will pose unprecedented safety, security, and privacy risks, and insurance companies and auto makers will try to shift the blame – and the costs – to consumers through higher insurance rates, Consumer Watchdog warned today in an informational hearing in Sacramento conducted by the...
News Story
2/17/2017
Posted by Connor
The group charges that the practice is discriminatory, because discounts are generally given to those in more “elite” professions like lawyers and engineers. Those in lower-skilled professions, Consumer Watchdog says, are hit with higher insurance rates as a result. Auto insurers say this type of insurance discounts actually doesn'...
News Release
2/13/2017
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA—In a published decision issued Friday afternoon, the California Court of Appeal in Sacramento has rejected a sweeping legal assault brought by Mercury Casualty Co. and insurance industry lobbying groups against Proposition 103, the landmark insurance reform law that has saved California consumers over $100 billion since...
News Story
5/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Can you imagine moving just a few blocks to a new home and seeing as much as a 64 percent difference in your auto insurance premium? That wasn't a typo. While a number of factors can influence an auto insurance quote, including your age, the make and model of your car, your driving habits and your credit score, where you live -- and...
News Release
6/13/2014
Posted by Pam Pressley
Santa Monica, CA - A sweeping legal assault by Mercury Insurance and various insurance company lobbying groups on rate review regulations that have saved California consumers over $100 billion since the passage of Proposition 103 in 1988 was rejected by the Sacramento Superior Court in a decision filed on June 11th. The court decision upholds a...
News Story
3/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Getting a single traffic ticket on your license could raise your auto insurance premiums, in some cases substantially, according to a study released last week by InsuranceQuotes. This is especially true in California, where your driving-safety record by law must be the most important factor in determining your rate. Even though...
News Release
1/29/2014
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA - Fourteen non-profit citizen, consumer and low income advocacy organizations today formally petitioned Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to bar auto insurance companies from discriminating against California drivers based on their occupation or education level.   “The use of these unauthorized rating factors increases...
News Release
12/20/2013
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has approved a decision by an administrative law judge permitting Allstate Insurance Company to grant special premium benefits to motorists who attended prestigious colleges or have high income jobs like lawyers and doctors. The agency staff has previously allowed other insurance...
News Story
11/16/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
At first glance, the statistics revealed in a state-by-state analysis of auto insurance costs make Pennsylvania look pretty good. "Report praised Pennsylvania car insurance model," celebrated a headline in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, referring to Tuesday's release of a 75-page "Review of Auto Insurance Rate Regulation in...
News Story
11/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Pennsylvania, California and 13 other states that require auto insurance companies to get prior approval before they can raise rates do the best job of keeping insurance premiums in check, according to a report by the Consumer Federation of America. While auto insurance premiums nationwide have risen an average of 43 percent from 1989 through 2010...