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News Release
9/30/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, x305 or 213-280-0175; or Jamie Court, x327
Studies of Tough Regs in California Show Strong Benefit for Both Consumers and Casualty Insurers in Stable Market   Santa Monica, CA -- The defeat of the so-called public insurance option in the Senate Finance Committee’s version of health reform makes regulation of insurance premiums and copays even more critical, said Consumer...
News Release
9/22/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The consumer group that pioneered the most successful insurance premium regulation law in the nation, California's Proposition 103, today said only the extension of such "prior approval" regulation to health insurance can begin to make insurance affordable in the wake of double digit premium increases that have...
Feature
9/15/2009
Posted by Barbara Bogaev
Our billboard in Los Angeles warning people not to trust Mercury Insurance (you can read why here) was torn down at Mercury’s insistence.  Read the hilarious LA Times column on "offensive" billboards. Now you can spread the message all over the universe, by entering our “YOU CAN’T TRUST MERCURY INSURANCE”...
News Release
9/15/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
WASHINGTON, DC -- New data released today showing that premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose to $13,375 annually for family coverage means Congress must adopt health insurance premium regulation in health care reform, according to Consumer Watchdog. A new report released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation underscores the need...
Blog Post
9/9/2009
Posted by Jamie Court
The most emailed story on the LA Times website right now is this Steve Lopez column, "It's Funny What Passes For Offensive," about how Mercury Insurance pressured CBS Outdoors to pull down Consumer Watchdog's billboard mid-contract but a few blocks away there remains a 10 story high Absolut Mango advertisement presenting a va-jay-jay....
News Release
9/3/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, (310) 392-0522, ext. 309
Consumer Group Releases Smoking Gun Documents, In Wake of Fires Warns Homeowners Insured By Mercury to Take Special Care Santa Monica, CA — A Los Angeles billboard warning consumers “You Can’t Trust Mercury Insurance” has been taken down by CBS Outdoor, after Mercury Insurance applied pressure to the billboard company....
News Release
8/27/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Douglas Heller, 310-392-0522, ext. 309
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog’s Executive Director Douglas Heller issued the following statement about Insurance Commissioner Poizner’s announced suit to block the sale of State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) assets. “The Insurance Commissioner and Department of Insurance regulators play a vital role in protecting...
Blog Post
8/21/2009
Posted by John M. Simpson
Between voting to reject most of the recommendations from the state's good government panel and handing out $16 million in grants to stem cell researchers, the stem cell agency's board ventured into one of the hottest debates of the summer this week. Acting on a motion by member Jeff Sheehy, the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee (ICOC)...
Blog Post
8/19/2009
Posted by Doug Heller
[Cross-posted at The Hill's Congress Blog.] In the worst economy in generations, California's 3rd largest auto insurer hopes to fool voters into allowing higher auto premiums. Mercury Insurance has written a state ballot initiative that would let companies penalize motorists who have had a lapse in insurance coverage for any reason, whether they...
News Release
8/14/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, (310) 392-0522 ext. 309
Mercury Launches Attack on Middle Class During Tough Economic Times   Santa Monica, CA -- The California Attorney General has released the official title and summary of a proposed ballot initiative that will allow insurance companies to raise rates when motorists who stopped driving for a time restart their coverage; when they file a claim,...