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Feature
10/10/2011
By Mark Reback
The insurance industry has spent about $100 million on ballot campaigns alone to defeat or overturn Prop 103 including $63.8 million against Prop 103, the $16 million Mercury Insurance spent in its failed 2010 campaign for Prop 17, and the $8.1 million Joseph spent so far this year on a proposed 2012 initiative nearly identical to Prop 17....
Blog Post
9/15/2011
By Judy Dugan & Brian Stedge
When a billionaire auto insurance executive personally sponsors a statewide ballot initiative to delete regulations on his industry, would we Consumer Watchdogs be right to smell a rat? Yeah, we thought so. That’s why Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph is not only putting millions of dollars into getting people to sign his ballot...
News Release
9/12/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph continues his decades-old assault on consumer protections guaranteed by the 1988 insurance reform measure Proposition 103.  The California Secretary of State reports that Joseph gave nearly $8.1 million to a political action committee aiming to place an initiative on the June...
Blog Post
9/10/2011
By Jamie Court
The clock ticking down on the last night in the California statehouse is always a lot like waiting for last call at a rowdy bar around 2 AM -- you wonder how much damage will done before the last shot.  For years my colleagues and I have stood watch on the California legislature,into the wee hours of the morning, to make sure that...
News Release
9/7/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph launched another assault on consumer protections guaranteed by the 1988 insurance reform measure Proposition 103.  The California Secretary of State reports that Joseph is the sole donor to the signature gathering campaign for a new Mercury Insurance backed ballot initiative that...
Blog Post
8/25/2011
By Jamie Court
The San Francisco Chronicle reported this morning on the front page about the landmark insurance reform we expect to be spending the next fifteen months working for. Insurance companies, the legislature and recent court rulings have all turned against consumers, much like they had in 1988, when California voters struck back with the...
Blog Post
8/25/2011
By Judy Dugan
California's insurance companies have their costly lobbyists in high gear, trying to gut or kill real controls over what insurance companies can charge, Kansas' governor won't accept federal grants to plan, much less enact, key federal reforms. Texas' governor thinks Medicaid and Medicare are wrong and may not even be...
News Release
8/12/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller & Brian Stedge
Santa Monica, CA -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued a title and summary yesterday for Mercury Insurance's ballot initiative explaining that the proposed initiative "Will allow insurance companies to increase cost of insurance to drivers who have not maintained continuous coverage."  The proposed initiative...
News Release
8/11/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge-Stroud
Newport Beach, CA -- Consumer Watchdog advocates delivered letters to, and picketed outside, the offices of Orange County Mercury Insurance agents whose "Agents Alliance" group is sponsoring Mercury Insurance's proposed ballot measure to repeal a key insurance consumer protection in California and raise car insurance rates for...
News Release
8/9/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge-Stroud
Watch the Video of the Press Conference: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/video/buzzing-mercury-open   Carlsbad, CA -- A plane towing the message "Don't Trust Mercury" flew over Center Court during the Finals match at the Mercury Insurance Tennis Open and a mobile billboard carrying the same message circled the La Costa...