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News Story
10/31/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Ties To Insurance Company Questioned With the sudden announcement that San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom -- the rival to Attorney General Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown for the Democratic nomination for Governor of California in 2010 -- was dropping out of the race, things might seem pretty smooth for the former governor. But Santa Monica-based...
Blog Post
10/30/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
I can't believe this! Two days ago, I told you about how Attorney General Jerry Brown rewrote the official summary of a ballot measure sponsored by Mercury Insurance Company to omit the fact that it will raise auto insurance premiums. This morning The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Brown's spokesman secretly taped a conversation with...
News Story
10/30/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA — Attorney General Jerry Brown is facing accusations that he cleared the way for a ballot measure summary that was favorable to an insurance company that has contributed to his campaign coffers. The ballot measure, backed by the Mercury General Corp., the state's third largest auto insurer, would allow insurance companies to...
News Story
10/30/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- A spokesman for Attorney General Jerry Brown acknowledged Thursday that he taped a phone conversation with a reporter for The Chronicle this week without disclosing the fact or asking permission - and admitted he has taped conversations with other news reporters. Scott Gerber, spokesman for Brown's office, made the admission...
News Story
10/29/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
San Francisco, CA -- A leading California consumer advocate charged Wednesday that Attorney General Jerry Brown caved to pressure from a powerful insurance company - and campaign donor - when he reworked the summary of a ballot measure to omit mention that it could boost premiums for thousands of drivers. Harvey Rosenfield, founder of Consumer...
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....