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News Story
11/26/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Rosenfield, who used California's initiative process to regulate auto insurance rates more than two decades ago, is preparing a new initiative that would force health insurers to get state approval before they could raise premiums. Sacramento, CA -- The former "Nader's Raider" who used California's initiative process to...
Courtroom Case
11/22/2011
Posted by Daniel Palay
In the Matter of Mercury Insurance Company, California Department of Insurance (CDI) File No. NC-03027545 Consumer Watchdog Joins California Insurance Commissioner's Complaint Against Illegal Overcharges by Mercury Insurance Company In February, 2004, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) filed an administrative complaint against Los...
News Release
11/16/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA -- A political committee funded by Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph is reportedly submitting signatures for a November 2012 ballot measure that will reprise the company’s failed effort to enact auto insurance surcharges with Proposition 17, which Californian’s rejected in June 2010. The Mercury initiative...
News Story
11/11/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
A ballot initiative to expand the scope of California’s Proposition 103 to include health insurance could also impact the auto insurance industry by challenging a long-sought-after initiative on auto insurance discounts for persistency, industry watchers say. Santa Monica, Calif.-based advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, which filed the...
News Story
11/9/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
A leading consumer group has launched an initiative drive to give state regulators the power to reject health insurance rate increases. Consumer Watchdog has asked the state attorney general to prepare a title and summary for a proposed initiative for the November 2012 ballot to require that proposed rate changes are submitted to the state...
News Release
10/13/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Occupy LA/Los Angeles, CA -- Consumer Watchdog, whose founder Harvey Rosenfield wrote Proposition 103, the 1988 insurance reform initiative that has saved drivers $62 billion, celebrated the 100th birthday of the California ballot initiative process at Occupy LA in downtown Los Angeles Thursday.  The nonprofit, nonpartisan group blew out...
Blog Post
10/12/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
What:  Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Initiative Process.  Candles will be blown out and cake will be shared with people participating in Occupy LA. Who:  Harvey Rosenfield, Consumer Watchdog Founder and Prop 103 Author; and Jamie Court, Consumer Watchdog President and Author of “The Progressive’s Guide...
Feature
10/10/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The insurance industry has spent about $100 million on ballot campaigns alone to defeat or overturn Prop 103 including $63.8 million against Prop 103, the $16 million Mercury Insurance spent in its failed 2010 campaign for Prop 17, and the $8.1 million Joseph spent so far this year on a proposed 2012 initiative nearly identical to Prop 17....
Blog Post
9/15/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When a billionaire auto insurance executive personally sponsors a statewide ballot initiative to delete regulations on his industry, would we Consumer Watchdogs be right to smell a rat? Yeah, we thought so. That’s why Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph is not only putting millions of dollars into getting people to sign his ballot...
News Story
9/13/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
George Joseph gives $8.1 million to 2012 initiative campaign to up-end Prop. 103. SACRAMENTO, CA -- Los Angeles insurance executive George Joseph has raised the stakes in his years-long effort to change California's landmark automobile insurance law, Proposition 103, by putting millions of dollars into a ballot initiative that would give...