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Consumer Watchdog Blocks Commerce West 12% Auto Insurance Rate Hike Proposal; Policyholders Save Over $8.2 Million
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jonathan Phenix
Santa Monica, CA – Following Consumer Watchdog's petition for a hearing on Commerce West's application to increase its auto insurance policyholders' rates by 12% overall, the company has withdrawn its requested rate hike, saving California drivers over $8.2 million. Consumer Watchdog's petition alleged, among other things,...
SoCalGas and California Regulators Cry Wolf In Report Claiming Aliso Canyon Needed To Meet Winter Peak Demand, Says Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Alexandra Nagy
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Southern California's winter peak natural gas needs can be met without Aliso Canyon, Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch said today. Their evaluation runs counter to the Aliso Canyon winter reliability assessment, issued by California regulators, SoCalGas, and the LADWP, which the groups say overstates the...
California Business Owners Will Save $7.8 Million on State Farm Property & Liability Insurance After Consumer Watchdog Rate Challenge
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jonathan Phenix
Santa Monica, CA – In response to Consumer Watchdog’s challenge to State Farm’s proposed rate increases on businesses’ liability and property insurance, State Farm has agreed to cut the average overall rates it charges wholesale, retail, and service businesses by 4.0% and agreed to not raise the rates paid by professional...
Gasoline Trading Company Vitol Blames ExxonMobil Misinformation for California 2015 Gas Price Spike, Governor’s Committee Turns to Retail Price Manipulation as Cause
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Testifying before a state panel investigating California’s high gas prices, oil-trading company Vitol blamed ExxonMobil’s lack of transparency for the record 2015 gas price spike. Brad Lucas, a West Coast trader for the company, stated, “if there was more transparency around what was going on with refinery...
Report Finds Big Energy Companies Gave Big $ and Got Big Favors From Governor Brown With Dollars and Decisions Flowing In Close Proximity To Each Other
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA—Public interest group Consumer Watchdog today reported that twenty-six energy companies including the state’s three major investor-owned utilities, Occidental, Chevron, and NRG—all with business before the state—donated $9.8 million to Jerry Brown’s campaigns, causes, and initiatives, and to the...
View on YouTube In a new report, Consumer Watchdog listed twenty-six companies with business before the state of California that donated $9.8 million to Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Democratic Party over the last eight years — and those donations were often made within days or weeks of winning favors.
Consumer Watchdog Posts Judge’s State Farm Proposed Refund Order; Commissioner Must Approve Or Reject
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Yesterday, the California Department of Insurance made public a proposed decision by an Administrative Law Judge, issued after an extensive hearing requested by Consumer Watchdog, ordering State Farm to decrease its homeowners insurance rates by 7.0%, and to refund policyholders $85 million for overcharges collected since...
Judge Finds that State Farm Overcharged Consumers $85 Million, Proposes Refunds and $156 Million Rate Reduction; Final Decision From Insurance Commissioner Pending
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Jonathan Phenix
Santa Monica, CA -- In a major victory for 1.7 million State Farm policyholders, an administrative law judge at the California Department of Insurance has: • Determined that since at least July 15, 2015, State Farm’s premiums for homeowners insurance have been excessive, ordering the Company to refund policyholders at...
Consumer Watchdog said the high profits from the state refiners that report them helps to explain the odd, extreme current gap between retail and wholesale gasoline prices in the state.
View on YouTube Consumer Watchdog says California drivers are being taken for a ride by Big Oil, because wholesale oil prices are among the lowest in the nation, but our retail gas prices are among the highest in the nation.