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10/27/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog has lowered the auto and homeowners insurance rates of millions of California drivers and homeowners by about $1.7 billion over the past several years. Using the laws implemented by Prop 103, a ballot initiative authored by Consumer Watchdog founder Harvey Rosenfield and passed by California voters in 1988 to regulate the...
News Story
10/27/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Seven of the state’s leading insurance companies have contributed more than $3.6 million over the past month to a political action committee that in turn has spent nearly $3 million on advertising promoting Republican Mike Villines and attacking Democrat Dave Jones in the race for insurance commissioner. Consumer advocates said the evidence...
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10/27/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
The following op-ed commentary by Jamie Court was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday, October 27, 2010:   A television advertisement praises Republican candidate for insurance commissioner Mike Villines as a man who "will stop insurance companies from canceling policies for people who get sick." There's only...
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10/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Doug Heller, executive director of Consumer Watchdog in California, said insurance companies generally start with a low offer. "They know a percentage of the people with claims will accept the first offer. Another percentage will take the second offer. Only a small percentage will go all the way and fight for what is their due." He...
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10/20/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA — The insurance industry has nearly doubled its contributions in support of the Republican candidate for state insurance commissioner in recent days, drawing criticism that insurers are trying to choose their own regulator. The indirect spending to elect Republican Mike Villines and attack Democrat Dave Jones raises questions...
News Release
10/19/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
$2.655 Million To Date To Sacramento Political Committee That Doesn't Disclose Industry Funding In Ads Supporting Villines, Attacking Jones Santa Monica, CA - Insurance companies' addition of $1.365 million this weekend to their campaign to elect Mike Villines as insurance commissioner is consistent with Consumer Watchdog's expectation that the...
News Release
10/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
$1.2 Million In Insurance Industry Donations In Past Two Weeks to Chamber PAC Running Ads Against Dave Jones Santa Monica, CA – For the second time in two weeks, insurance industry giants have made major contributions to a political action committee campaigning to defeat insurance commissioner candidate Dave Jones and elect Mike Villines,...
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10/11/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Days after a $545 million settlement was announced that would resolve a long-standing nationwide class action against Farmers Group Inc. for alleged overcharges, the plaintiffs may have hit a snag: a lack of consensus as to whether the arrangement is a good deal for class members. The disagreement centers on whether the defendants, including...
News Release
10/6/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Candidate Mike Villines Has Taken $66,950 From Insurance Companies Despite Pledge Not to Take Industry Cash Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph and Progressive Insurance have deposited three hundred fifteen thousand dollars in a political action committee that has begun an advertising campaign attacking insurance...
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6/16/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A little-noticed provision in the Wall Street reform bill illustrates one of the central questions of the effort:  Who should be in charge of regulating the industry?  A Senate provision that would create a national insurance office in the Treasury Department has sparked a debate over how much authority the federal government should have...