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Blog Post
6/3/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
During my two decades battling in California's ballot initiative process never before have large corporations been poised to gain so much so cleverly as in next Tuesday's election. Industries have long tried to lard ballots with outright power grabs and voters have sent them packing. What Tuesday's ballot represents is new stealth strikes by...
News Release
5/20/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber (202) 629-3043; or cell (310) 403-0284
Washington, D.C. --- In advance of an expected final vote on financial reform legislation, Consumer Watchdog urged the U.S. Senate to fix provisions that would deregulate insurance oversight by giving the Treasury Department the ability to override state protections on behalf of foreign insurance firms, including laws requiring insurers to hold...
News Release
5/17/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310-392-0708; or 310-526-0747
Mercury Asking Dep’t of Insurance for $32 Million Rate Hike On Its Car Insurance Policyholders; Company Would Recoup All Its Money From $10 Million Prop 17 Campaign If Rate Hike is Approved Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance, the sponsor of Prop 17, is pushing regulators to allow a $32 million rate increase for California drivers insured...
News Release
5/11/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Naomi Seligman, 310-526-0747; or Jamie Court, 310-392-0075
Santa Monica, CA – Mercury General Corp. has failed to fully disclose family ties within the company in possible violation of federal law and its own internal policies, Consumer Watchdog wrote to the Securities and Exchange Commission today. The company did not tell investors that the chief actuary --  responsible for financial...
News Release
5/5/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043, or cell (310) 403-0284
Current Senate Bill Allows Treasury to Preempt State Insurance Laws, Including Capital and Solvency Protections   Washington, D.C. -- Financial reform legislation must be amended to preserve states’ ability to protect insurance consumers and bring the bill in line with White House comments yesterday targeting potential industry...
News Release
5/5/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Naomi Seligman, 310-392-0522, ext. 318; or Harvey Rosenfield, ext. 303
3rd Largest Auto Insurer Doesn’t Plan On Telling Customers They Could Face Price Hikes Santa Monica, CA –A letter Mercury Insurance Company apparently intends to send to its policyholders this week urging them to support Proposition 17 fails to disclose that its customers could be forced to pay enormous surcharges if the initiative...
News Release
4/20/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912; or Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, ext. 305
Feinstein Bill Would Close 'Enormous Hole' In Health Reform But Must Be Amended to Cut Industry Influence, Said Consumer Watchdog Washington, D.C. -- A health reform fix-it bill by Senator Dianne Feinstein that was debated in a Senate committee this morning aims at closing what Feinstein called an "enormous loophole" in the new federal...
News Release
4/12/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Naomi Seligman, 310-392-0522, ext. 318, or Harvey Rosenfield, ext. 303
Santa Monica, CA -- The California Department of Insurance (CDI) today said that Mercury Insurance Company, the sponsor of Proposition 17, has overcharged and discriminated against California customers for over fifteen years, including failing to deliver discounts required by state law and imposing unlawful surcharges. Consumer advocates said that...
News Release
4/1/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912; or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Washington, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog said Massachusetts' rejection today of excessive and unreasonable health insurance rate increases shows the need for effective "prior approval" rate regulation in every state to ensure that health insurers charge fair prices under national health reform legislation, which is modeled on Massachusetts...
News Release
3/26/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, ext. 309
Advocates Say “Intentionally Dishonest” Is Par for the Course for Prop 17 Sponsor Mercury  (Cross-posted from StopProp17.org, sponsored by Campaign for Consumer Rights.) Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance’s treatment of its policyholder Amerigraphics, a printing and graphics business in of Sherman Oaks, California...