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News Story
1/9/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Los Angeles Times January 9, 2008 by Marc Lifsher & Evan Halper, Times Staff Writers Gov. plans to seek fire levy; The 1.25% fee, added to property insurance bills, would boost firefighting and aid overall budget. Critics call it a tax. SACRAMENTO, CA -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will propose hiking the cost of insurance for millions of...
Blog Post
1/7/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
CW attorney Todd Foreman is in San Francisco this week trying to block a proposed earthquake insurance rate hike by GeoVera Insurance.  The company wants to raise rates by about 6 percent.  But when we crunched the numbers, that the company is required to provide under Proposition 103 rules, GeoVera should actually be lowering rates for...
News Story
12/30/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Ventura County Star (California) December 30, 2007 by Rachel McGrath, Correspondent ZIP code changes expected in '08 Decision to affect Thousand Oaks, neighborhoods A decision is expected early in the new year on whether or not the U.S. Postal Service will change the ZIP codes for Thousand Oaks, including the city's Newbury Park and Westlake...
News Release
12/6/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California Consumer Group Challenges Farmers' Attempt to Overcharge California Homeowners One-Quarter $Billion a Year Santa Monica, CA -- Farmers Insurance Company is seeking exemptions to state rules that could allow it to charge one million Californians almost $250 million extra per year for their Farmers homeowners insurance. Information...
News Release
8/20/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Allstate Insurance Company will not be allowed to hide trial exhibits that include the company's pay-out procedures for Hurricane Katrina claims thanks, in part, to efforts by Public Justice, a national public interest law firm headquartered in Washington DC, and the California-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (now Consumer...
News Release
6/15/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Challenges Under Voter-Approved Prop 103 Could Save $50 Million for 110,000 Fireman's Fund and Geo Vera Policyholders Santa Monica, CA -- The Department of Insurance ordered hearings this week into proposed earthquake rate increases by Geo Vera and Fireman's Fund in response to filings by consumer advocates at the Foundation for Taxpayer and...
Blog Post
1/11/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
  News Archive - Web Logs - Press Releases Jan 11, 2007 - 01:10 AM Schwarzenegger's Homeowners Insurance Tax - Dumb Idea by Doug Heller   When I first heard about Schwarzenegger's plan to tax homeowners on their insurance policies as a way to fill some of his massive budget hole, I assumed I was being told about a terrible idea that...
Feature
10/28/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In most states, laws require insurance companies to pay claims promptly and for the full amount covered by the policy. However, as most consumers know, getting an insurance company to pay your claim can be a difficult and stressful experience. The following checklist offers suggestions on how you can protect your rights if a fire, earthquake or...
News Release
9/19/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Group Cites Secret Hurricane Andrew Memo Re: Insurance Industry "Opportunities" As a Result of Storm Consumers and regulators should guard against insurance industry attempts to use Hurricane Isabel as an excuse for massive and unnecessary rate increases. Insurers have a history of pushing for inappropriate rate hikes and bailouts soon...
News Release
7/9/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Groups Vow to Continue Fight to End Homeowner Insurers' Arbitrary, Inconsistent and Unfair Use of Credit History Sacramento, CA -- Legislation that would prohibit insurance companies from using a consumer's credit history to deny them homeowner's insurance coverage or to set rates was killed today by the Assembly Insurance Committee when...