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News Story
3/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Insurer accused of manipulating policies, blocking access to care A Santa Monica-based consumer advocacy organization filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of enrollees of Anthem Blue Cross of California in Ventura County Superior Court, accusing the insurer of violating state law. Consumer Watchdog accuses Anthem, a subsidiary of WellPoint, of...
News Story
2/26/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Those 500-or-so-word ballot measure arguments and rebuttals published this week in the Secretary of State’s Voter Information Guide have already sparked at least one legal fight. The argument is over the arguments submitted against Proposition 17, the Mercury Insurance-backed measure that supporters say would allow auto insurers to extend...
News Story
2/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Backers of a ballot measure to change California’s auto-insurance rules filed a lawsuit Thursday arguing that their opponents lied in their ballot-pamphlet arguments. Proposition 17’s supporters contend that the measure would simply make “continuous coverage discounts” portable so motorists can change insurers without...
News Story
2/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The insurer was trying to save money when it refused an out-of-state transplant, jurors told. Insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross refused to pay for a California produce merchant to get a liver transplant in Indiana because the company wanted to save money, a lawyer for the patient told jurors Monday. But a lawyer for the state's largest for-profit...
News Release
2/22/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
National Health Care Reformers Should Pay Attention to Lawsuit Alleging That Nation's Largest Insurer Denies Liver Transplants Automatically   Los Angeles, CA -- A trial beginning today targeting the nation’s largest health insurer, WellPoint Inc., and its California subsidiary, Anthem Blue Cross, illustrates how difficult, and how...
News Release
2/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog Calls on Commissioner Poizner to Protect 230,000 California Homeowners from Safeco's Greed   Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog has asked the California Department of Insurance to reject the proposed 6.9%, or $13.3 million, homeowners insurance rate hike proposed by Safeco Insurance Company.  Safeco, which is...
News Story
1/8/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LOS ANGELES, CA -- A California appeals court upheld changes to state insurance regulations that clarified that insurers must pay the cost of challenges to rates deemed excessive. The appellate panel rejected a challenge from the Association of California Insurance Companies and others. The decision in Association of California Insurance Companies...
News Story
1/5/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A California appeals court ruled that the state’s insurers must compensate consumer advocacy groups when they take action to have a carrier’s rates rolled back, even when a settlement is reached without a hearing. In a decision by a three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeals in Los Angeles, the judges upheld a lower court...
News Story
1/5/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer groups that successfully challenge insurance rate increases can recoup their legal fees from the insurers, even when the companies drop their requests or agree to a compromise, a state appeals court has ruled. The decision by the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles last week focused on the fine points of a 1988 voter...
News Release
1/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog, Dep't of Insurance Win Victory to Protect Prop 103, Save Policyholders Billions Santa Monica, CA – The California Court of Appeal has rejected an attempt by the insurance industry to cripple the right of the public, under Proposition 103, to scrutinize and challenge unjustified rate increases.  The Court agreed with...