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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...
News Release
8/14/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mercury Launches Attack on Middle Class During Tough Economic Times   Santa Monica, CA -- The California Attorney General has released the official title and summary of a proposed ballot initiative that will allow insurance companies to raise rates when motorists who stopped driving for a time restart their coverage; when they file a claim,...
Blog Post
8/14/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
You may remember the Civil Justice Association of California from decades of attacks on consumer rights such as Proposition 64, the ballot initiative that let companies off the hook under California's unfair competition law for any harm that is not measured in dollars, like loss of health, environmental damage or consumer deception. Companies used...
News Story
8/3/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Californians for Fair Auto Insurance Rates is working on gaining support for a voter initiative aimed at the 2010 ballot that reward drivers who have had insurance for some time to be eligible for a "persistency discount," even if they change carriers. Yet the "Continuous Coverage Auto Insurance Discount Act," for which support...
News Release
7/30/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Fine Print Contains Hidden Penalties, Taxpayer Costs   Santa Monica, CA -- The billionaire chairman of Los Angeles-based Mercury Insurance Company is sponsoring a ballot measure that would legalize surcharges of hundreds of dollars for automobile insurance, penalize good drivers for accidents that are not their fault, and lead to more...
Blog Post
7/16/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Late last year, we lobbied the state's ethics agency, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), to adopt new rules aimed at preventing ballot measure committees controlled by elected officials from promoting the officials rather than the initiatives and referendums. This was in order to stop abuses like Governor Schwarzenegger's California...
News Story
7/2/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The auto insurer's alter ego, Californians for Fair Auto Insurance Rates, is sponsoring a bill that it says will surely lower our insurance bills. The art of setting automobile insurance rates is incomprehensible to most of us civilians. Liability coverage, comprehensive insurance, assigned risk pools, discounts, surcharges... the list goes on....
News Story
6/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A critique of the state stem cell institute that calls for shrinking its board and other structural changes drew a strong response from the group's chairman, who said the moves would cause “unacceptable” delays in the group's work. After an eight-month study, California's Little Hoover Commission yesterday released a 70-page report...