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Courtroom Case
9/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Imburgia and Greiner v. DIRECTV Los Angeles Superior Court No. BC 398295 Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, No. B239361 During 2008, Consumer Watchdog received complaints from the public concerning unexpected and undisclosed equipment charges by DIRECTV when customers terminated satellite television service, either because they moved and...
Legal Update
3/6/2014
Posted by Laura Antonini
On March 19, 2014, the California Court of Appeal will hold a hearing on DIRECTV’s attempt to force its customers who were wrongly charged early cancellation penalties to bring claims individually before private arbitrators rather than proceed in court as a class action. The class action lawsuit, brought by Consumer Watchdog’s...
Legal Update
3/25/2013
Posted by Pam Pressley
Our Legal Team had a busy week last week, with two big auto insurance rate victories and significant steps forward in our legal cases against insurance company abuses.  Here are some highlights of our accomplishments just this past week: 1) Slashed Farmers' requested auto rate increase in half from 6.9% to 3.5%   2) Lowered So...
Legal Update
3/30/2011
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Today Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik takes a hard look at a proposed settlement in a lawsuit against Farmers Insurance opposed by Consumer Watchdog.  According to Hiltzik, under the settlement, Farmers would likely keep the lion's share of a $455 million settlement fund intended for consumers while lawyers for the plaintiff...
News Story
3/30/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The class-action settlement will result in rebates for Farmers Insurance Group policyholders who were allegedly overcharged. But the insurer's own business units get to keep any money unclaimed by affected customers, who must fill out a 10-page claim form. Here's how to make a $455-million consumer class-action settlement disappear....
Blog Post
3/16/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
It took a lawsuit from Rosetta Stone, the language software company, and a Congressional hearing, but Google apparently has finally been embarrassed into taking responsibility for policing some shady ads on its search engine site. This week Kent Walker, Google Senior Vice President and General Counsel, announced that the Internet giant would...
Legal Update
3/3/2011
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
There were twenty-five lawyers in gray suits waiting in a Los Angeles Superior Court courtroom yesterday afternoon when I walked in to try to make sure that $455 million in class action settlement funds go to the Farmers policyholders who are entitled to the money, instead of being kept by the insurance company. Harvey Rosenfield said he hadn...
News Story
3/2/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Stonebridge challenging the medical necessity of paraplegic plaintiff's 90-day hospital stay. LOS ANGELES - Thomas Nickerson, a Marine veteran and construction worker, landed in a wheelchair years ago as the result of a snowmobile accident. So he bought accident insurance coverage in case anything else went wrong. But when he took a spill...
News Story
3/1/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Judge rejects consumer group's argument that settlement would shortchange class members.         LOS ANGELES - A judge has given his initial thumbs-up to a $545 million settlement of a long-running insurance class action, rejecting a consumer advocacy group's argument that the deal shortchanges the...
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...