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News Release
12/1/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Bob Hunter (703) 528-0062; or Doug Heller (310) 392-0522, ext. 309
California Drivers Have Saved $62 Billion in 20 Years Under Similar Rules and Have Among Most Competitive Insurance Markets in Nation WASHINGTON, D.C. – A proposed ballot measure would allow Michigan voters to weigh in on consumer-oriented insurance reforms that have saved California drivers an average of $3 billion per year since being...
Feature
11/17/2009
Litigation Team
California Department of Insurance Notice of Noncompliance v. Mercury Insurance Company No. NC-03027545 Consumer Watchdog Joins Insurance Commissioner's Complaint Against Overcharges by Mercury Insurance Company UPDATE: Mercury Tries to Keep Agency Report from Public California Department of Insurance, Consumer Watchdog Prosecuting Mercury...
Feature
11/17/2009
Posted by Litigation Team
Donabedian v. Mercury Insurance Company Los Angeles Superior Court No. BC249019 Court of Appeal: Donabedian v. Mercury Insurance Company (2004) 116 Cal.App.4th 968 Consumer Watchdog Protects Public and Voters in Decade-Long Battle Against Overcharges by Mercury Insurance Company   UPDATE: Victims of Mercury's overcharges must redeem coupons...
News Release
11/10/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, (310) 392-0522, ext. 309
Office Taped A Call About Handling of Mercury Insurance Initiative; AG Angry, Demeaning When Questioned By Reporters Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog has posted the transcripts of secretly taped conversations between journalists and Attorney General Jerry Brown or members of his staff. One transcript involves the attempt by the Attorney...
Blog Post
11/10/2009
Posted by Jamie Court
It's rare that you get to hear what's in the brain of a powerful politician because his phone conversations were taped. Listening to Jerry Brown opine, berate and spin reporters about their age, his age, what they should and should not be reporting on, and his superiority to other gubernatorial candidates and figures like Hillary Clinton reminds...
Blog Post
11/5/2009
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Normal 0 0 1 727 4145 FTCR 34 8 5090 11.1282 0 0 0 “Tapegate” – that’s how the news media is describing the scandal that arose last week after Attorney General Jerry Brown decided to change the Title and Summary of Mercury Insurance Company’s ballot initiative so it no longer discloses that the initiative will...
Blog Post
11/3/2009
Posted by Doug Heller
The San Francisco Chronicle urged Cal. Attorney General Jerry Brown to "clear the air" today in an editorial about his now-resigned spokesman's secret tape recording of conversations with reporters.  The issue came to light when Chronicle reporter Carla Marinucci realized the AG's office had secretly taped her interview with some of...
Blog Post
10/30/2009
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
I can't believe this! Two days ago, I told you about how Attorney General Jerry Brown rewrote the official summary of a ballot measure sponsored by Mercury Insurance Company to omit the fact that it will raise auto insurance premiums. This morning The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Brown's spokesman secretly taped a conversation with...
Blog Post
10/28/2009
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Our Attorney General is charged with telling the truth when he prepares the official title and summary for proposed ballot initiatives. Jerry Brown did that two months ago when, in accordance with previous legal rulings, he described a measure backed by Mercury Insurance as allowing insurers to raise or lower premiums based on whether a driver had...
News Release
10/27/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, ext. 309
Santa Monica, CA — Mercury Insurance has begun its campaign to allow insurers to hike auto insurance rates for Californians who have had a lapse in their auto insurance for any reason.  The initiative is a repackaging of Mercury-sponsored legislation invalidated by a California Court of Appeal in 2005, after the court determined the...