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News Story
2/25/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
STATE INSURANCE CZAR MAY RUN FOR GOVERNOR IN 2010 SACRAMENTO, CA -- Some kids dream of being a firefighter or an astronaut when they grow up. When a young Steve Poizner pondered his future career, he was more practical: He would be an engineer and a businessman. He then set out over the next several decades executing his plan with a resolve that...
Blog Post
2/19/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Here's a dog bites man story: The insurance industry wants to deregulate auto insurance premiums in Georgia. Our friends at Georgia Watch tell us that the Legislature is considering a bill to toss out what's know as "prior approval rate regulation" for auto insurance in the Peach State.  In Georgia, auto insurance premiums (but ot...
Feature
2/6/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California's Proposition 103 gives California consumers powerful protection against insurance company abuses. It applies to auto insurance, homeowners and renters insurance, business insurance and other forms of liability and property insurance. Insurance companies all too frequently violate provisions of Proposition 103. It pays to know...
News Story
1/15/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A year after homeowners suffering with sky-high insurance bills were promised "help is on the way," they're still waiting. Now, Florida's lawmakers, regulators and the governor are demanding to know why, mounting an offensive with hearings under oath, subpoenas and a possible lawsuit against insurance companies that haven't complied with...
Blog Post
1/8/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
For several years Mercury Insurance and lobbyists for insurance brokers have desperately tried to change California's insurance rules governing who is an insurance broker who gets to charge customers an unregulated fee and who is an insurance agent  who is prohibited from tacking on a fee.  Sounds obscure enough, but tens of millions of...
News Story
12/30/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Ventura County Star (California) December 30, 2007 by Rachel McGrath, Correspondent ZIP code changes expected in '08 Decision to affect Thousand Oaks, neighborhoods A decision is expected early in the new year on whether or not the U.S. Postal Service will change the ZIP codes for Thousand Oaks, including the city's Newbury Park and Westlake...
News Release
11/5/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Despite Staggering Profits, Allstate Continues to Battle Regulatory Requirement to Lower Its Auto Insurance Rates More Than $300 Million Per Year **Public Hearing Begins Today in San Francisco** San Francisco, CA -- Consumer advocates will argue that Allstate must lower its auto insurance rates by 18.8% (an average $150 per car) under new rules...
News Story
10/2/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Voters elected him to improve things, says state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner.   So, during a visit to Chico Tuesday, he talked about several changes he's making, concerning low-cost auto insurance, report cards for health-insurance companies and insurance fraud.   A businessman who entered politics for the first time last year,...
News Release
8/20/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Allstate Insurance Company will not be allowed to hide trial exhibits that include the company's pay-out procedures for Hurricane Katrina claims thanks, in part, to efforts by Public Justice, a national public interest law firm headquartered in Washington DC, and the California-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (now Consumer...
News Story
7/17/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Yuba-Sutter residents who struggle to pay for car insurance may soon find it more affordable, state officials said.   Local drivers may soon be able to enroll in the state's Low Cost Automobile Insurance Program, which provides low-cost insurance for less than $400 per year, provided people meet certain income guidelines. The state insurance...