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News Story
9/11/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer group that supports Mercury Insurance in its efforts to charge some drivers higher rates just got a donation of $195,000 from Mercury's founder. The money is going to create a political operation supporting two ballot measures – Mercury's Prop. 33 and Prop. 38, a tax measure sponsored by Molly Munger, who also gave the...
News Story
9/9/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
An initiative on the November ballot that would allow auto insurers to base their prices in part on a driver's coverage history is pitting an executive at one of the state's largest insurance companies against a consumer advocacy group for the second time in as many years. Proposition 33 would enable insurance companies to offer...
News Story
9/4/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Mercury Insurance wants to buy your vote again — this time, with an unusual ally Who pays? Mercury Insurance wants to change the rules for pricing car insurance.   Mercury Insurance and its billionaire founder George Joseph are trying, for the second time in two years, to charge infrequent drivers more for car...
News Story
9/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Proposition 33 on the Nov. 6 ballot is an industry-backed plan to change California law affecting the price of car insurance. The Star recommends a "no" vote on Proposition 33 because its negative effects would outweigh any benefits to drivers and the public. The ballot measure's major financial backer, to the tune of millions of...
News Release
8/17/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Los Angeles, CA ---  A front page story in the New York Times about hundreds of thousands Californians who have been unemployed long term brings into focus the faces of Californians who will be unfairly surcharged under insurance-industry based Prop 33, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign, which is fighting the ballot measure. Prop 33 gives auto...
News Story
8/13/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The language for an automobile persistency initiative will stand after the California Third District Court of Appeal on Monday denied an appeal filed by the backers of the Proposition 33 campaign seeking to strike part of the ballot language, including the label and title and summary. The label and summary were prepared by California’s...
News Story
8/13/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A California Superior Court judge rejected a bid to dismiss the official ballot label for a statewide automobile insurance initiative, handing a defeat to backers of Proposition 33. Proponents of the measure to allow insured drivers to take continuous coverage discounts with them from when they change insurance companies had filed a lawsuit...
Blog Post
8/11/2012
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
The Mercury Insurance initiative’s lawsuit to stop the Attorney General and us opponents from telling the truth about Proposition 33 – how it will raise auto insurance rates – got tossed out of Sacramento Superior Court last Thursday. The Mercury campaign asked the court to rewrite the Official Ballot Pamphlet, which is sent to...
News Story
8/10/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Opponents of Proposition 33, which would rewrite California law on auto insurance rates, won a preliminary court skirmish Thursday over ballot language. A Sacramento judge refused to tinker with ballot language filed by state officials and voter-pamphlet arguments submitted by the proposition's opponents, advocacy group Consumer Watchdog. The...
News Release
8/10/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- In a press release today, Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph's Proposition 33 campaign misrepresented the in-court statements of Consumer Watchdog's attorneys in Sacramento Superior Court, claiming the attorney told the Court that "the truth is elastic."  The court rejected all of the Prop 33...