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News Story
1/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Exide Technologies is in trouble again with state environmental regulators who on Wednesday cited the Vernon battery recycler for eight hazardous-waste violations. Inspections last week by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control found the lead-acid battery recycling plant was treating and storing contaminated sludge in...
News Story
1/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A Sacramento judge has denied the Boeing Co.’s motion that argued that demolition and disposal of old buildings on the Santa Susana Field Laboratory can proceed without any intervention by state regulators. The ruling, made last week, means that the issue will continue on to a court hearing to determine the role of the California Department...
News Story
1/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California’s insurance commissioner is ordering Mercury Insurance to pay a $27.6 million fine for charging wrongful fees to its auto customers. In announcing the largest fine against a California auto insurance company, Commissioner Dave Jones said Monday that Mercury charged customers the same amount...
News Story
1/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Los Angeles-based Mercury Insurance was ordered by the California Department of Insurance to pay a fine of more than $27.5 millionfor charging customers unapproved "broker fees," state officials said Monday. "While the $27.5 million fine against Mercury is significant, it is commensurate with the amount of money that was unlawfully...
News Release
1/12/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Sacramento Superior Court has denied Boeing’s motion for summary judgment in a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lawsuit over the demolition and disposal of radioactively contaminated structures from the site of a partial nuclear meltdown near Los Angeles, Consumer Watchdog said today. “This is an...
News Release
1/12/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – State Senator Robert Hertzberg (San Fernando Valley) must disclose the clients he represents at his second job with a Los Angeles law firm to assure the public no conflict of interest exists, or will develop, between his public duties and private responsibilities, wrote Consumer Watchdog in a letter to Hertzberg today....
News Release
1/12/2015
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance has been ordered by the California Insurance Commissioner to pay a historic $27.5 million penalty for willfully violating Proposition 103, by charging California consumers illegal auto insurance fees between 1996 and 2006. In February, 2004, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) filed an...
News Story
1/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
State regulators have issued a record $27.5-million fine against Mercury Insurance Group for charging customers fees that had not been approved by the Department of Insurance. The order closes a long-running case that involved charges made in 180,000 automobile insurance transactions between 1999 and 2004. A 1988 voter-approved initiative,...
News Story
1/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
State regulators on Monday ordered Mercury Insurance to pay a nearly $27.6 million fine for improperly collecting unapproved broker fees from its auto customers. The fine, issued by the Department of Insurance, was the culmination of years of litigation that involved more than 180,000 transactions conducted from 1999 through 2004. “Justice...
News Story
1/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Law360, Los Angeles (January 12, 2015, 6:33 PM ET) -- California’s insurance commissioner has ordered Mercury Insurance Co. to pay a fine of $27.5 million for charging customers excessive premiums in violation of a state law regulating insurance rates, the commissioner’s office said Monday. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Jan. 7...