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News Release
2/3/2011
Posted by Doug Heller
Los Angeles, CA – A Los Angeles Superior Court this morning granted a former Farmers Insurance customer, represented by Consumer Watchdog’s attorneys, the right to challenge portions of a $455 million settlement of a national class action lawsuit against Farmers Group, Inc. The case, known as Fogel v. Farmers Group, Inc., charges...
News Story
1/14/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Allstate Corp. will no longer issue new "Your Choice Auto" policies in California. Consumer education and advocacy organization Consumer Watchdog said that comes in response to a challenge by the group, which said it considers the policies to be "deceptive and overpriced." Allstate spokesman Bill Mellander, however, said...
News Story
1/13/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Allstate has stopped selling California drivers its "Your Choice Auto" policies after a consumer group claimed the product was deceptive. Bloomberg reported Tuesday that the Northbrook, Ill.-based insurance giant pulled the program early this week and will phase out coverage by November. Allstate will continue selling the policies in...
News Story
1/12/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Allstate Insurance agreed to stop selling its Your Choice Auto (YCA) insurance program in California after Consumer Watchdog said the insurance was “deceptive and overpriced,” according to the nonprofit. Allstate won’t issue new YCA policies and will phase out the 150,000 existing policies in California by November 2011, the...
News Release
1/10/2011
Posted by Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA -- Allstate Insurance has agreed to stop selling its aggressively marketed "Your Choice Auto" (YCA) insurance program in California, in response to a challenge brought by the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog.  As of today, Allstate will no longer issue new YCA policies, which Consumer Watchdog considers deceptive and...
Success Story
11/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog's founder led the 1988 voter revolt against insurance companies that passed Proposition 103 and saved Californians billions. 27 years ago Consumer Watchdog's advocates led the successful effort to reform auto, home, and other property-casualty insurance companies. That 1988 ballot initative, Prop 103, has saved California...
News Story
11/15/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
The following op-ed (Part 1) by Harvey Rosenfield, the founder of Consumer Watchdog and the author of Proposition 103, was published in The Daily Journal of Los Angeles on Monday, November 15, 2010. Part 2 will be published on November 16, 2010. ------------ Can the California Insurance Commissioner or one of his staff authorize an insurance...
News Story
11/1/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
The governor's race is getting more attention, but the campaign for state insurance commissioner might have higher stakes, as federal health care reform barrels toward California. "From a pocketbook perspective, the insurance commissioner's race has more of an impact on the daily lives of Californians than any other race," said...
News Story
10/29/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The races for governor and senator have been getting most of the attention this election cycle. But there's a controversy in the state insurance commissioner's race. It has to do with money, and who's funding the campaigns. California's insurance commissioner is responsible for regulating the insurance...
Focus Area
10/27/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Unlike most things you buy for your home, you hope you'll never have to use your insurance, even though you're required to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars every year for it. But when you need it, you expect that the company will be there for you, especially after all those years of paying premiums without ever making a claim....