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News Story
5/8/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LOS ANGELES, CA -- A group of California attorneys have won a battle with Safeco Insurance Co. over surcharges the company was charging customers. A state appellate court decision allows policyholders to have their day in court, said Harvey Rosenfield, the author of Proposition 103, which Safeco allegedly violated. According to the California...
News Story
5/5/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sued Companies Must Disclose Class Members, Court Says LOS ANGELES, CA--- In a published opinion that loosens limits on consumer class actions, an appellate court said Safeco Insurance Co. must disclose which customers it allegedly surcharged illegally several years ago. The rub is that the customer list, if produced, could identify hundreds -...
News Release
5/1/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Lawsuit Seeking Refunds for Violations of Proposition 103 Will Proceed   Santa Monica, CA ­– Safeco Insurance Company will be required to disclose which customers it surcharged due to their lack of prior continuous automobile insurance coverage, the California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles has ruled.  Plaintiffs allege that...
Blog Post
3/31/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
On Friday, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) spoke about his health care plan at the Center for American Progress.  You can listen to the Senator's remarks here.  Max Baucus’s thoughts on health care matter because as chair of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, which will play a central role in shaping health reform legislation, Baucus...
Blog Post
3/20/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The president talked and joked easily with America from Jay Leno's couch last night, as close to a fire side chat as it gets in these times. Leno is no Jon Stewart and largely gave the president the floor. Still Obama spent most of his time on AIG and the financial crisis, suggesting that his future approach to regulation might be in line with a...
News Story
3/2/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California Supreme Court Will Decide Key Proposition 64 Case on Class Action Consumer Suits SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- If consumer attorneys are feeling beleaguered these days, they have good reason. Last month, the California Supreme Court limited their ability to sue companies over objectionable fine print in service contracts a ruling that eight...
News Story
2/16/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A consumer advocacy group says it fears Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s financial services reform could become “a launching pad” for the federal deregulation of insurance. The nonpartisan, nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to Geithner lobbying for the creation of an Office of Insurance Information, a proposal...
News Story
2/16/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
One detail effectively missing from the mainstream economic debate is consumer credit scores and their use for everything from buying homes to getting a cell phone. As credit scores presumably take greater hits during the deepening recession, using them to determine who can make purchases could have catastrophic affects on consumers and businesses...
News Release
12/12/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Changes By Poizner Earlier This Year Led to Rate Hikes And New Proposal Will Lead to Even Higher Rates for Individuals, Businesses   San Francisco, CA -- California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner has come under attack from consumer advocates for a proposal to deregulate insurance rates and allow insurance companies to raise rates on...
News Story
12/12/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- California's Insurance Department wants to change the rules that consumer activists say will stop protection for California consumers. The battle got underway in San Francisco on Friday. Proposition 103 has been protecting insurance customers for 20 years. But on Friday the Insurance Department started looking at possibly...