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News Release
6/19/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Committee Rejects Bill by Mercury Insurance to Block Refunds To Drivers Who Are Illegally Surcharged   Santa Monica, CA -- The Senate Banking, Finance and Insurance Committee approved two bills yesterday that will allow insurance companies to spy on Californians’ driving habits, increase the cost of auto insurance and violate the voter-...
News Release
6/19/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
2 Million California Consumers Will Share in Savings Santa Monica, CA -- Yesterday, Allstate (NYSE: ALL) dismissed its appeal of the $250 million in auto insurance rate reductions for California consumers ordered by Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner in March. The reductions were the result of extensive hearings under Proposition 103 at the...
News Release
6/17/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog Hails Assembly Push Against Sale of Patients' Prescription Information to Marketers; "Big Pharma's Lobbying Steamroller Is Out of Gas," Says Advocate. Sacramento, CA -- A bill allowing marketers hired by drug companies to secretly access patient prescription drug records failed to get a single ‘yes’ in a key...
News Story
6/15/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Fewer accidents on state roads translate into lower rates, which are not hard to find. Getting too much junk mail touting low automobile insurance rates? Being bombarded by television commercials featuring a cute gecko? Think of them as opportunities, not just irritations. California is enjoying a buyer's market for auto insurance. And consumers...
News Story
6/11/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
About 1.7 Million Customers Will Save On Auto, Home Policies Mercury General Corp., a Los Angeles-based low-cost insurer, today is expected to announce rate cuts for about 1.7 million of its automobile and homeowner insurance customers, mainly in Southern California. Most of the cuts will go to automobile policyholders and, perhaps, offset at...
Blog Post
6/10/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mercury Insurance is holding a press conference Wednesday with California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner to announce  rate decreases for drivers, homeowners and renters.  As the LA Times reports The auto rate reductions were based partially on new state criteria [implementing Proposition 103] that downplay the importance of the...
News Story
5/21/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A lot of readers were miffed to learn in one of my recent columns that most car insurers have yet to fully comply with a state regulation requiring that people's driving records, rather than their ZIP Codes, be the primary factor in setting rates. West L.A. resident Liz Brown was so incensed that she wrote to the chairman of her insurer, Mercury...
News Release
5/13/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Advocates Call On Office of Administrative Law To Resist Politics, Protect Public   Santa Monica, CA – The Schwarzenegger administration should reject the "emergency" changes to the Proposition 103 Rate Regulations filed by Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner last week after virtually no public scrutiny, consumer...
Blog Post
5/5/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Insurance Commissioner Poizner has issued supposedly "emergency" regulations that would change new rules protecting consumers from excessive rates under Proposition 103. Consumer Watchdog founder and Prop 103 author Harvey Rosenfield condemned the changes in a letter to Poizner last week:  Your proposals are an outrageous giveaway...
News Story
5/4/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
“Socialized car insurance.” That's what insurers said would happen if California's Proposition 103 passed in November 1988. Advertisements said the referendum would put “big government into the car insurance business.” The head of the California Chamber of Commerce warned that “massive government intervention”...