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News Release
4/24/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA -- California has the best automobile insurance regulation in the nation, with the slowest-growing premiums and one of the most competitive markets in the country, according to a state-by-state study the Consumer Federation of America released in Washington DC today. In 1988, California voters approved Proposition 103, which...
News Story
4/16/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Allstate has been given until an April 24 hearing to prepare arguments in its appeal of a state order to cut its auto insurance rates an average of 15.9 percent. The insurer's attorneys will argue for a stay in San Francisco Superior Court so that Allstate's current rates remain in effect while the insurer's appeal filed last week is considered....
News Release
4/15/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Insurance Commissioner Ordered Allstate to Lower Rates by 15.9% Under Prop. 103 Santa Monica, CA – Consumer advocates argue today before a San Francisco Superior Court that the $250 million auto insurance rate decrease ordered by Insurance Commissioner Poizner last month for Allstate customers must go into effect immediately. Allstate is...
News Story
4/14/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Carrier Draws Line After Making 150,000 Pages Public, Including McKinsey Report Allstate's reluctant release of some 150,000 pages of documentation -- including a consultant's controversial recommendations on claims-handling long sought by insurance departments, courts and consumer advocates -- does not satisfy Florida regulators, with the...
News Story
4/14/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Insurance commissioner candidate Gene Reed Jr. has taken thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from officers of a Pennsylvania company that has received millions doing work for the state insurance department. Reed, currently the insurance department's manager of consumer protection enforcement, rejected suggestions that the donations were...
Blog Post
4/11/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Governor Schwarzenegger's ballot measure committe just reported receiving 10 grand from the Insurance Brokers and Agents Issues PAC. (Here's the contribution as reported to the Secretary of State.) Arnold is spending his money trying to qualify a redistricting initiative for the November ballot. Who knew insurance brokers and agents were big good...
News Story
4/10/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A California consumer advocate group is condemning Allstate for allegedly "systematically underpaying claims to policyholders, or forcing them into protracted court battles to secure a fair settlement." According to Consumer Watchdog, formerly the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, the shoddy business practices were exposed...
News Story
4/8/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Critics look for keys to what they deem unfair policy pricing Insurance industry watchdog Doug Heller was at a birthday party for his mother Sunday when he got an e-mail. "Documents posted on Allstate's Web site," came the message to the executive director for Consumer Watchdog, a California-based advocacy group that has championed lower...
Blog Post
4/7/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Allstate made a surprise decision to release internal documents about claims handling procedures that they've been fighting to keep secret in court for over a decade. The documents outline a strategy that made the company more money (around $5 billion in 2006 alone) by paying their customers less than they deserved. Here's a link to the documents...
News Release
4/7/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Documents Show Consumers Need Better Regulation of Insurance Industry; California Rate Cut Shows the Way   Santa Monica, CA -- Allstate, the nation’s second-largest insurance company, has released 150,000 pages of documents that expose a business strategy of systematically underpaying claims to policyholders or forcing them into...