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Legal Update
1/29/2013
Posted by Laura Antonini
Mercury Insurance – the company that California regulators say “has a deserved reputation for abusing its customers and intentionally violating the law with arrogance and indifference” – is infamous for playing every angle in its effort to avoid accountability for cheating its customers. Mercury has spent tens of millions...
News Story
9/22/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to read the original editorial from the North County Times. Anyone who has read these pages at all over the past 15 years, since the North County Times was founded out of the merger of the Blade-Citizen and Times Advocate, knows well that we pretty strongly favor a deregulated market where consumers decide winners and losers purely via...
News Release
9/20/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer advocates demanded in a letter sent today that Mercury Insurance chairman George Joseph, who has contributed 99% of the funds backing Proposition 33, testify at a legislative hearing scheduled in Sacramento next Tuesday to publicly explain the benefit to his insurance company of the measure that would increase...
News Story
9/20/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to read the original editorial in the Los Angeles Times. Two years ago, voters rejected an ill-conceived ballot measure that would have allowed auto insurers to offer discounts to people who had been covered by competing companies, but which would have done so at the expense of new drivers and those who had let their coverage lapse. Now...
News Story
9/20/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
I grew up in Chula Vista and have been around military families all my life. Two years ago I got married and became part of a military family myself. I’m proud of my husband’s service. But I’m shocked at the cynical use of military families in the advertising campaign for Proposition 33, which is 99 percent bankrolled by one...
News Release
9/17/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica CA -- Three of California’s largest newspapers issued No on Proposition 33 endorsements this weekend, repudiating the false claims about the initiative made in campaign materials and deceptive advertisements now running across the state.  Prop 33 would allow insurance companies to increase prices on good drivers who have a...
News Story
9/15/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to read the original editorial from the Sacramento Bee California voters have a basic question to answer when deciding Proposition 33, a self-interested initiative funded by billionaire George Joseph, founder of Mercury General Corp. Should Mercury and other auto insurance companies be allowed to charge higher rates for people who are...
News Story
9/14/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Opponents of the November ballot measure Proposition 33 demanded Thursday that the campaign backing the insurance initiative pull its radio ads focusing on the military, calling them “deceptive and disrespectful.” Prop. 33 would enable insurance companies to offer discounts to drivers who have maintained consistent coverage and to...
News Story
9/14/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to read the original editorial from The San Francisco Chronicle. The politics and the arguments of Proposition 33 are going to seem very familiar. The owner of Mercury Insurance wants to loosen state insurance laws so he can offer more discounts. Consumer activists warn that the change will lead to significant surcharges on new ...
News Release
9/13/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer advocates today called on the insurance company executive behind Proposition 33 to immediately withdraw new radio advertisements that mischaracterize the impact of the initiative on foreign service and military personnel in the wake of attacks on US embassies abroad. In statewide radio advertisements paid for by...