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News Release
10/10/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Santa Monica, CA – Mercury General is raising auto insurance rates by $63 million on its customers, an average 4% rate hike for 990,000 Mercury auto insurance policyholders in California. The rate hike comes just ahead of a November vote on Proposition 33, funded by Mercury Chairman George Joseph, which would allow insurance companies to...
Blog Post
9/24/2012
Posted by Doug Heller
The Consumer Federation of America released a new report today assessing consumer views on the factors insurance companies use to set premiums around the country.  Not surprisingly, Americans think that insurance rates should be based primarily on motorists' driving safety record (87% and 85% of respondents believe rates should reflect a...
News Story
9/22/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to read the original editorial from the North County Times. Anyone who has read these pages at all over the past 15 years, since the North County Times was founded out of the merger of the Blade-Citizen and Times Advocate, knows well that we pretty strongly favor a deregulated market where consumers decide winners and losers purely via...
News Release
9/20/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer advocates demanded in a letter sent today that Mercury Insurance chairman George Joseph, who has contributed 99% of the funds backing Proposition 33, testify at a legislative hearing scheduled in Sacramento next Tuesday to publicly explain the benefit to his insurance company of the measure that would increase...
News Story
9/20/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to read the original editorial in the Los Angeles Times. Two years ago, voters rejected an ill-conceived ballot measure that would have allowed auto insurers to offer discounts to people who had been covered by competing companies, but which would have done so at the expense of new drivers and those who had let their coverage lapse. Now...
News Story
9/20/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
I grew up in Chula Vista and have been around military families all my life. Two years ago I got married and became part of a military family myself. I’m proud of my husband’s service. But I’m shocked at the cynical use of military families in the advertising campaign for Proposition 33, which is 99 percent bankrolled by one...
News Release
9/17/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica CA -- Three of California’s largest newspapers issued No on Proposition 33 endorsements this weekend, repudiating the false claims about the initiative made in campaign materials and deceptive advertisements now running across the state.  Prop 33 would allow insurance companies to increase prices on good drivers who have a...
News Story
9/15/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to read the original editorial from the Sacramento Bee California voters have a basic question to answer when deciding Proposition 33, a self-interested initiative funded by billionaire George Joseph, founder of Mercury General Corp. Should Mercury and other auto insurance companies be allowed to charge higher rates for people who are...
Video
9/14/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A California insurance company billionaire has launched a deceptive radio campaign that lies about the military and those serving abroad under his ballot measure, Proposition 33.  
News Story
9/14/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Opponents of the November ballot measure Proposition 33 demanded Thursday that the campaign backing the insurance initiative pull its radio ads focusing on the military, calling them “deceptive and disrespectful.” Prop. 33 would enable insurance companies to offer discounts to drivers who have maintained consistent coverage and to...