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News Release
4/14/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber, Jon Phenix & Todd Foreman
Santa Monica, CA -- State Farm, California’s largest homeowner insurance company, has overcharged its customers approximately $78 million –$285,000 per day – since at least July 2015, and should be required to refund that money, Consumer Watchdog said this week in a detailed brief before the Department of Insurance.  Going...
Video
2/17/2016
Allstate cuts its homeowners' insurance rates after Consumer Watchdog shows they've been overcharging customers for years.
News Release
2/17/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber, Pam Pressley & Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Responding to multiple challenges to its excessive homeowners insurance rates brought by Consumer Watchdog over the last two years, Allstate has agreed to reduce its homeowners rates by 12.6% overall, effective February 1, 2016. Policyholders will save nearly $72.5 million as a result, with the average annual savings estimated...
News Release
11/16/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Daniel Zohar
San Francisco, CA – State Farm’s request for a 6.9% increase in its homeowners insurance premiums goes to trial this morning in San Francisco. Consumer Watchdog, one of two organizations bringing the legal challenge before the California Department of Insurance, says the company’s rates are already too high, and should be reduced...
News Release
10/28/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – California is the only state in the nation where auto insurance premiums, in real dollars, are lower today than they were 27 years ago when the voters approved insurance reform Proposition 103. The law has saved drivers $100 billion on their insurance since 1988, according to a study by the Consumer Federation of America....
News Release
10/20/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Pamela Pressley
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has challenged a rate increase proposed by State Farm, the state’s largest homeowners insurance company, that would overcharge consumers by approximately $210 million a year were it to take effect.  State Farm has made $1.5 billion in profits from its California homeowners line over the last 5 years...
News Release
1/21/2015
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Pamela Pressley
Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento Superior Court has rejected an attack by Mercury and other insurance companies on state regulations that prevent insurance companies from making their policyholders pay for non-insurance expenses like political lobbying and sporting event sponsorships. The regulation is part of the landmark Prop 103 insurance...
Video
1/12/2015
A Sacramento judge has tentatively ruled that Mercury Insurance cannot pass on the costs of institutional advertising, like its golf tournament the Mercury Open, to policyholders. Auto and home insurance ratepayers will saving millions.
News Release
1/9/2015
CONTACT Pamela Pressley & Harvey Rosenfield
Sacramento, CA – In a tentative ruling today, the Sacramento Superior Court rejected an insurance industry attack on regulations that limit the amount of advertising costs insurers can pass through to consumers in their premiums. The regulation is part of the landmark Prop 103 insurance reform initiative that has saved California drivers $...
Blog Post
12/2/2014
By Carmen Balber
$312,000 a day or $114 million this year. That's how much Consumer Watchdog challenges to excessive auto and homeowners insurance rates saved California families in 2014. Since 2003, our legal team's insurance rate challenges have put more than $3 billion in savings back in policyholders' pockets. If you're giving back on this #...