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News Story
11/16/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
The following op-ed (Part 2) by Harvey Rosenfield, the founder of Consumer Watchdog and the author of Proposition 103, was published in The Daily Journal of Los Angeles on Monday, November 16, 2010.  (Read Part 1 here.) ------------- Twenty-two years ago, California voters overhauled the Insurance Code. Proposition 103 bars unfair...
Blog Post
10/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Today's LA Times has prominently featured the story of Dana Christensen, a Consumer Watchdog hero, in an article documenting a new lawsuit brought by the Los Angeles's City Attorney against a health insurance company, HealthMarkets Inc., notorious for selling "junk insurance" to consumers. (Photo Credit: Al Seib, Los Angeles...
Blog Post
9/24/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
This morning I ventured into the Tea Party's den at Fox National News to talk about our Times Square Superscreen advertisement, which calls the question: "Are You Mad As Hell But Think The Tea Party Is Insane?" Fox viewers have been following up with emails and calls about the anchor's inquiries regarding Consumer Watchdog's funding,...
News Story
4/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mercury Insurance Group, which is bankrolling a controversial ballot initiative on car insurance, was accused by state regulators Monday of overcharging California motorists and homeowners for coverage. The state's third largest car insurer, Mercury "may have illegally overcharged thousands of Californians," according to the state...
News Story
4/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mercury is accused of violating state laws on how policies are priced and sold. Mercury Insurance Group violated state laws meant to regulate how coverage is priced and sold and, as a result, overcharged perhaps thousands of Californians for homeowner and automobile insurance, the state Department of Insurance said Monday. The state's fourth-...
News Story
4/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mercury Insurance Group, a major backer of a hotly contested insurance measure on the June ballot, faces potentially costly fines in the wake of a new state report alleging that California's third-largest insurer is violating state laws "despite agreements with the state to terminate illegal behavior." The report, released Monday by...
News Release
4/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA -- The California Department of Insurance (CDI) today said that Mercury Insurance Company, the sponsor of Proposition 17, has overcharged and discriminated against California customers for over fifteen years, including failing to deliver discounts required by state law and imposing unlawful surcharges. Consumer advocates said that...
News Story
4/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Insurer, a Prop 17. Backer, Alleges Bias SACRAMENTO — Less than two months before voters will be asked to decide on a controversial auto insurance initiative sponsored by Mercury Insurance, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner on Monday alleged the company “has disregarded California’s consumer protection statutes and overcharged...
News Story
3/24/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Health insurance plans in California would have to submit their rates for prior approval under legislation advanced by the Assembly Health Committee. Sponsored by Assemblymen Dave Jones, D-Sacramento and Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, A.B. 2578 would require health maintenance organizations and health insurers to follow the same...
News Story
3/16/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
GUARDIAN ILLUSTRATION BY DEVON DOSS California voters are about to be bombarded by more than $50 million in political advertising designed to convince them to approve a pair of measures desperately sought by two powerful corporations with a long history of lies and political corruption. Will this brazen and transparently self-serving effort...