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News Release
4/5/2017
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – An analysis released today by non-profit journalists at ProPublica finds that four auto insurance companies in California mark up prices by as much as 32% for drivers in minority neighborhoods as compared to white neighborhoods with similar risk. In a letter sent today Harvey Rosenfield, the author of Proposition 103, and...
News Release
2/8/2017
CONTACT Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has petitioned the Department of Insurance to reject GEICO’s and Progressive’s use of occupation in setting auto insurance rates. The challenges seek to stop the insurance companies from giving discounts to drivers who are employed in elite professions such as lobbyists, lawyers, and...
News Release
1/26/2017
CONTACT Carmen Balber
San Diego, CA – This morning, Judge Katherine Bacal denied State Farm’s request to block millions of dollars worth of insurance rate decreases from going into effect until February 13, 2017. In November 2016, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones ordered State Farm to reduce its overall renters and homeowners rates by 7%. Compared to the...
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12/16/2016
State Farm Insurance is going to court to fight ordered millions in refunds for overcharging consumers on homeowners and renters policies.
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12/16/2016
A judge is set to rule on whether State Farm Insurance must refund millions to consumers in California for overcharging them on homeowners and renters policies.
News Release
12/15/2016
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog will be in court tomorrow to oppose a request by State Farm, California’s largest insurance company, to postpone refunds of more than $100 million in overcharges on home, condo and renters insurance, and delay a 7% rate cut that would save customers $156 million per year (including the savings from...
News Release
12/8/2016
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – State Farm, the nation’s largest insurance company, has filed two lawsuits seeking to overturn an order by the Insurance Commissioner that the company cut its home condo and renters insurance rates by 7% – which would save customers $156 million per year as compared to the rates requested by State Farm –...
News Release
11/8/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber, Harvey Rosenfield & Todd Foreman
Santa Monica, CA – The landmark insurance reform passed by California voters on Election Day twenty-eight years ago is paying off again today. Over 1.7 million State Farm homeowners, condo owners and renters will collectively receive more than $100 million in refunds and save $156 million per year in premiums under an order issued late...
News Release
8/24/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jonathan Phenix
Santa Monica, CA – Following Consumer Watchdog's petition for a hearing on Commerce West's application to increase its auto insurance policyholders' rates by 12% overall, the company has withdrawn its requested rate hike, saving California drivers over $8.2 million. Consumer Watchdog's petition alleged, among other things,...
News Release
8/23/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jonathan Phenix
Santa Monica, CA – In response to Consumer Watchdog’s challenge to State Farm’s proposed rate increases on businesses’ liability and property insurance, State Farm has agreed to cut the average overall rates it charges wholesale, retail, and service businesses by 4.0% and agreed to not raise the rates paid by professional...