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News Story
2/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Like many Californians, I was burned by Mercury auto insurance in the 90's. After my rates went up, despite a "discounted" quote by the agent, I was left wondering what, exactly, I had done. It took me a couple of years, but I eventually went through the headache of swapping carriers. Now, California's Insurance Commissioner Steve...
News Release
2/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mercury Insurance Initiative – Prop 17 – Will Legalize Unlawful Surcharges Uncovered by State Investigators Santa Monica, CA -- Newly released internal government reports show that Mercury Insurance Company, the sponsor of Proposition 17 on California's June ballot, has a history of discrimination against members of the U.S. military,...
News Story
2/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A high-profile California insurance company that is backing a controversial insurance measure on the June ballot has engaged in practices that may be illegal, including deceptive pricing and discrimination against consumers such as active members of the military and drivers of emergency vehicles, according to a state report obtained by The...
News Story
1/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Now that we’re about to entrust health reform to the tender mercies of the insurance industry, it’s sobering to see the skullduggery that one of California’s largest auto insurers is trying to pull on the state’s drivers. If you want a preview of what health insurers may do to premiums if they’re forced to cover...
News Release
12/16/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Campaign for Consumer Rights Warns Soldiers, Seniors and other Californians Would Be Penalized For Having a Lapse in Insurance Coverage, Even If They Weren't Driving (News Release by the Campaign for Consumer Rights) Santa Monica, CA — Auto Insurance giant Mercury Insurance is submitting signatures this week to place its deceptive...
News Story
12/4/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
These are very uncertain and contentious times in California. The state's economic and political turmoil has spawned a flood of potentially far-reaching ballot measures for the 2010 elections, ranging from calling a constitutional convention to overturning the ban on same-sex marriages. Thirty-seven initiatives have already been cleared for...
News Release
12/1/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California Drivers Have Saved $62 Billion in 20 Years Under Similar Rules and Have Among Most Competitive Insurance Markets in Nation WASHINGTON, D.C. – A proposed ballot measure would allow Michigan voters to weigh in on consumer-oriented insurance reforms that have saved California drivers an average of $3 billion per year since being...
News Story
11/24/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A handful of wealthy California gaming tribes - which together gave nearly $130 million to political causes in 2008 - rank as the nation's largest special-interest donors to campaigns, according to a study released Monday. Four of the state's Indian gaming interests made the top 10 list of donors, which also included public employee unions and...
Blog Post
11/18/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Oh, this is rich... The Sacramento Bee reports that Arnold collected $250K last year to finance his political reform ballot measure, Prop 11, from Scott Rothstein, the guy who is now being accused of running a massive Ponzi-style investment fraud in Florida.   Technically, the money went to the Prop 11 campaign, but Prop 11 was Arnold's pet...
News Story
11/18/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When California's political consultants share war stories, 1988's immensely expensive, multifront battle between insurance companies and lawyer-backed consumer groups takes center stage. Tens of millions of dollars were spent on a confusing array of competing ballot measures, and when the dust had settled, insurers had lost big, particularly with...