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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 Release
7/26/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Challenging a proposal from the Farmers Insurance group of companies to hike its homeowners insurance rates by nearly 7.0% overall, or $78 million, Consumer Watchdog filed a petition today alleging that Farmers should instead decrease its overall rates and urging the Department of Insurance to hold a hearing. The proposed rate...
News Release
2/27/2014
Posted by Pam Pressley
Santa Monica, CA - Consumer Watchdog petitioned the Insurance Commissioner this week for a public hearing on the “new program” private passenger auto filings of Farmers Specialty Insurance Company, an affiliate of Farmers Insurance Exchange. Consumer Watchdog’s petition seeks to compel Farmers and its affiliates to comply with...
Blog Post
2/7/2014
Posted by Judy Dugan
March 2014 update: Victory! The insurers have settled with Aunt Kay, thanks to the campaign mounted by her nephew Dan Shea. If only every person stuck in insurance company hell had Dan's smarts, tenacity and resources! Or better yet, if only insurance companies weren't allowed to put claimants through the torment that Kay suffered. Dan...
Legal Update
1/17/2013
Posted by Doug Heller
Last month a California Court of Appeal overturned the Superior Court ruling in Streit v. Farmers Group, Inc. and allowed California consumers to pursue a lawsuit against Farmers Insurance for cheating customers out of fair refunds if they cancel their insurance policy.  Consumer Watchdog’s attorneys authored a key “Friend of the...
News Story
2/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
AUSTIN, TX -- Farmers Insurance agreed recently to a national class-action settlement that included up to $90 million in restitution for its Texas customers for homeowners and auto rates that were too high, but a related case may once again be revived in the state. The Texas case - the first class-action insurance lawsuit ever filed by the...
News Story
11/10/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Los Angeles, CA -- A $455 million settlement in a long-running insurance class action was approved Wednesday, but the judge overseeing the case tentatively cut the requested attorney fees by 25 percent - and at least one objector to the settlement indicated an appeal could be on the way. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge William F....
News Release
11/9/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Los Angeles, CA -- Consumers and the courts, not an insurance company defendant, should benefit from a $455 million class action settlement, Consumer Watchdog argued at the settlement’s final approval hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court today. The unclaimed funds in the settlement of a consumer lawsuit against Farmers Insurance could...
Courtroom Case
2/4/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Los Angeles Superior Court No. BC 300142 Consumer Watchdog is representing a former Farmers Group, Inc. customer ("Intervenor") who is challenging portions of a $455 million settlement of a national class action lawsuit against Farmers. (For the most up-to-date information about this case, see CASE UPDATES to the right.) Any person who...