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CONTACT Douglas Heller & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Casualty Company must implement an 8% rate decrease to its homeowners insurance rates as required by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, according to a ruling issued by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene L. Balonon on Tuesday, denying Mercury’s request to delay the decrease from taking effect....
News Release
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Pamela Pressley
Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance Company’s latest attempt to escape responsibility for overcharging tens of thousands of California motorists has been rejected by the courts. Facing hundreds of millions of dollars in fines in an administrative proceeding now being prosecuted by the California Department of Insurance, Mercury had asked...
Legal Update
By Pam Pressley
Our Legal Team had a busy week last week, with two big auto insurance rate victories and significant steps forward in our legal cases against insurance company abuses.  Here are some highlights of our accomplishments just this past week: 1) Slashed Farmers' requested auto rate increase in half from 6.9% to 3.5%   2) Lowered So...
News Release
CONTACT Carmen Balber, Harvey Rosenfield & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance, which provides homeowners insurance for about 270,000 Californians, has refused to implement an 8% rate decrease ordered by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and filed a lawsuit to challenge the decision.  Last month, Jones approved a decision by state Administrative Law Judge Kristin L....
Legal Update
By Laura Antonini
Last Thursday, February 14, Federal District Court Judge George H. Wu held an initial hearing on class action lawsuits filed against Hyundai and Kia across the country for falsifying gas mileage estimates. The lawsuits were sent to Judge Wu’s court in response to a petition filed by the Consumer Watchdog legal team, whose year long...
News Release
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan, Consumer Watchdog; or Edith Kallas, Whatley Kallas LLC
Santa Monica, CA -- In response to consumer complaints and a class action lawsuit on behalf of HIV/AIDS patients in California, Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to suspend a program that would have barred patients from purchasing certain specialty medications at local pharmacies.  Under the program, patients would have been required to obtain...
News Release
CONTACT Laura Antonini
Orlando, FL -- Consumer lawsuits related to Hyundai’s misrepresentation of vehicle mileage moved a step closer to court today when a special panel of federal court judges meeting in Orlando, Florida held a hearing on a request by Consumer Watchdog lawyers to centralize all such lawsuits in a Southern California federal court. Acting in...
By Michael Finney, KGO ABC-TV SAN FRANCISCO, CA SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Anthem Blue Cross has informed some of its members that their medications will now only be available by mail order, and that has some in the HIV/AIDS community really upset. Many health insurance companies give discounts to members who get their medication through the mail....
News Release
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan
San Diego, CA -- In a move that threatens the health and privacy of patients, Blue Cross of California has illegally targeted HIV/AIDS patients, and other seriously ill consumers, with a new program that will bar them from local pharmacies, according to a new statewide class action lawsuit.   Visit Consumer Watchdog's case page to read...
News Release
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA– A California Appellate Court in Los Angeles will consider a long-running dispute at a Tuesday afternoon hearing about insurance companies’ obligations to cover a critical treatment for autistic children.  The case, brought by the non-profit Consumer Watchdog, will also determine if families previously forced to...