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Enforcing Prop 103

Legal Update
9/22/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In November of 2009, Hartford Insurance submitted an application for a 6.9% rate increase to the California Department of Insurance. Consumer Watchdog intervened, pointing out numerous problems with the requested rate to the state. After a year-long process, the Commissioner issued his approval today. Instead of a 6.9% increase, the Commissioner...
Legal Update
8/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In August 2008, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company submitted applications to the California Department of Insurance for a rate increase of 4% and revisions to its auto rating factor plan (that’s the plan an insurer uses to distribute rates among its different policyholders, for example, charging less to someone who drives 5,000 miles versus...
News Story
6/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
UPDATE 6:54 a.m. Proposition 17, auto insurance measure, appeared to be headed for defeat. With 99. 1 percent of the precincts reporting, it was losing by 158,000 votes, or 52-48 percent. *** California voters were divided closely on a measure Tuesday that would change state law to allow insurance companies to raise rates on drivers who let...
News Release
6/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Stunning Upset in $16 Million Campaign to Scam California Drivers   Santa Monica, CA - Ignoring a deceptive $16 million campaign by Mercury Insurance Company, California voters rejected a ballot measure that would have amended 1988 insurance reform Proposition 103 to allow insurance companies to impose surcharges on motorists who were not...
News Story
6/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Voters rejected two business-backed measures that would have changed the electric power and auto insurance industries in California. With all precincts statewide reporting, PG&E-backed Proposition 16 was failing with 52.5 percent no votes. No votes on Proposition 17, sponsored by Mercury Insurance, accounted for 52.1 percent of the total....
News Story
6/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Proposition 14 victory changes future elections for congressional, legislative and statewide offices. An experiment in state-financed political campaigns and two propositions put on the ballot by major corporations are all rejected. Reporting from Sacramento -- California voters went to the polls Tuesday and recast future elections in the state...
News Story
6/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California voters rejected the two initiatives put on Tuesday's ballot by major corporations -- Proposition 16, requiring voter approval before cities can get into the electricity business, and Proposition 17, giving auto insurance companies more leeway in setting rates. With most of the vote counted Wednesday morning, both measures trailed by...
News Story
6/7/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California small-business owners expected to be early beneficiaries of health reform, with billions of dollars in federal tax relief flowing this month to help them purchase medical coverage for their employees. But many said the 35 percent credits granted under the hard-fought legislation have run into a new hurdle: a buzz saw of rate increases...
News Story
6/7/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In a last weekend of frenzied campaigning before the June 8 primary, candidates for statewide office marshaled last-minute ads, attacks – even visits from Karl Rove and a fictional “Queen Meg” – to appeal to voters in what’s been a record-breaking season of political spending. GOP billionaire and former eBay CEO...
News Story
6/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA — Big insurers are targeting a handful of Assembly races in an effort to send business-friendly Democrats to Sacramento as they gird for a renewed push for regulations and consumer protections that might come if Jerry Brown is elected governor. The insurance industry has poured millions of dollars into four Democratic primary...