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News Story
9/21/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
In response to an investigative report, the California Department of Insurance has ordered Nationwide and USAA to not charge motorists in minority neighborhoods more than policyholders with similar risk profiles who live in predominantly white neighborhoods. Released in April 2017, a report by ProPublica examined publicly-available auto insurance...
News Release
9/20/2017
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Acting in response to an investigative report by journalists at ProPublica, the California Department of Insurance has ordered two insurance companies – Nationwide and USAA – to not charge motorists in minority neighborhoods more than motorists with similar risk profiles who live in predominantly white neighborhoods...
News Story
9/20/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The state changed its approach in response to ProPublica’s finding that minority neighborhoods were paying higher premiums than white areas with the same risk. This story was co-published with Consumer Reports. California regulators said they have required Nationwide and USAA to adjust their auto insurance rates as a result of a report...
News Story
8/25/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Farmers Insurance has asked a court to block a state review of its auto insurance rates dating to 2008, making it the latest case to test the limits of California’s landmark insurance law, Proposition 103. The Woodland Hills firm, a unit of Swiss multinational Zurich Insurance Group, argued in a lawsuit last week that a plan by the...
News Story
1/17/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Department of Insurance says State Farm is not moving fast enough to lower its rates for homeowners and renters and it could face billions of dollars in fines if it doesn't speed up the process. The threat of hefty fines, sent Friday to State Farm, escalates an increasingly bitter fight between the department and the Bloomington...
News Release
8/10/2016
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – Yesterday, the California Department of Insurance made public a proposed decision by an Administrative Law Judge, issued after an extensive hearing requested by Consumer Watchdog, ordering State Farm to decrease its homeowners insurance rates by 7.0%, and to refund policyholders $85 million for overcharges collected since...
News Release
8/9/2016
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- In a major victory for 1.7 million State Farm policyholders, an administrative law judge at the California Department of Insurance has: •    Determined that since at least July 15, 2015, State Farm’s premiums for homeowners insurance have been excessive, ordering the Company to refund policyholders at...
News Story
8/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A judge has recommended that State Farm refund tens of millions of dollars to its California customers and lower its rates after finding that the insurance giant charged excessive premiums over the last year for rental and home insurance policies. But customers shouldn’t expect a refund just yet. The recommendations...
News Release
6/23/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The U.S. Department of Justice should heed today's recommendation by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and reject the proposed $37 billion merger of health insurance giants Aetna and Humana, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog said approving the merger would mean higher costs, reduced benefits and...
News Release
6/16/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The U.S. Department of Justice should adopt today's recommendation by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and reject the proposed $50 billion merger of health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog urged Commissioner Jones to reject the merger in testimony at a March...