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Blog Post
10/28/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Our Attorney General is charged with telling the truth when he prepares the official title and summary for proposed ballot initiatives. Jerry Brown did that two months ago when, in accordance with previous legal rulings, he described a measure backed by Mercury Insurance as allowing insurers to raise or lower premiums based on whether a driver had...
News Release
10/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA — Mercury Insurance has begun its campaign to allow insurers to hike auto insurance rates for Californians who have had a lapse in their auto insurance for any reason.  The initiative is a repackaging of Mercury-sponsored legislation invalidated by a California Court of Appeal in 2005, after the court determined the...
News Story
10/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Secretary of State’s campaign finance database shows insurance giant Mercury General Corp. on Friday put $1 million into Californians for Fair Auto Insurance Rates, the campaign committee it set up to back “The Continuous Coverage Auto Insurance Discount Act” for next year’s ballot. This doubles the company’s...
News Story
9/9/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A billboard critical of Mercury Insurance is taken down after the firm complains. But a vodka ad suggestive of part of the female anatomy is still eliciting gasps. The ads weren't far from each other on Wilshire Boulevard in Koreatown. One, on a billboard, was critical of an automobile and home insurance company. The other, draped across the...
News Story
9/4/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog's billboard catches the eye of target Mercury Insurance, which gets the ad taken down.   The removed billboard is in no way defamatory, Harvey Rosenfield said, citing a list titled "Top 10 reasons why you cannot trust Mercury Insurance Co.” on the group's website detailing customer complaints....
News Release
9/3/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Group Releases Smoking Gun Documents, In Wake of Fires Warns Homeowners Insured By Mercury to Take Special Care Santa Monica, CA — A Los Angeles billboard warning consumers “You Can’t Trust Mercury Insurance” has been taken down by CBS Outdoor, after Mercury Insurance applied pressure to the billboard company....
Blog Post
9/1/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
According to word on the street, Mercury Insurance has had to throw away the signatures they've been paying for for the last week or so.  Apparently, they mixed up the initiative that the Attorney General reviewed for circulation with a different version that did not receive an official title and summary from the AG.  While it's a costly...
News Story
8/25/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Insurance Company Sponsors Initiative SAN DIEGO, CA -- The Continuous Coverage Auto Insurance Discount Act may sound appealing, but the consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog told 10 News that potential voters should not be fooled, calling the measure a thinly veiled attempt to raise insurance rates. “It’s a fraud. It’s full...
Blog Post
8/19/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
[Cross-posted at The Hill's Congress Blog.] In the worst economy in generations, California's 3rd largest auto insurer hopes to fool voters into allowing higher auto premiums. Mercury Insurance has written a state ballot initiative that would let companies penalize motorists who have had a lapse in insurance coverage for any reason, whether they...
News Story
8/18/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LOS ANGELES, CA -- A California ballot measure underwritten by Mercury General Corp. would allow insurers to raise or lower automobile insurance premiums based on a driver's coverage history, including the ability to raise rates based on the absence of prior coverage. California Attorney General Jerry Brown cleared "The Continuous Coverage...