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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on Commerce West's application to increase its auto insurance policyholders' rates by 12% overall, the company has withdrawn its requested rate hike, saving California drivers over $8.2 million.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...
News Release
7/26/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Challenging a proposal from the Farmers Insurance group of companies to hike its homeowners insurance rates by nearly 7.0% overall, or $78 million, Consumer Watchdog filed a petition today alleging that Farmers should instead decrease its overall rates and urging the Department of Insurance to hold a hearing. The proposed rate...
News Release
4/20/2016
CONTACT Jonathan Phenix & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Three rate proposals from State Farm – California’s largest commercial multi-peril insurer – to increase commercial multi-peril insurance rates by up to 9.0% on average, or $6.6 million combined, will lead to overcharges, Consumer Watchdog said in a legal challenge filed with the Department of Insurance today...
News Release
4/14/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber, Jon Phenix & Todd Foreman
Santa Monica, CA -- State Farm, California’s largest homeowner insurance company, has overcharged its customers approximately $78 million –$285,000 per day – since at least July 2015, and should be required to refund that money, Consumer Watchdog said this week in a detailed brief before the Department of Insurance.  Going...
News Release
2/17/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber, Pam Pressley & Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Responding to multiple challenges to its excessive homeowners insurance rates brought by Consumer Watchdog over the last two years, Allstate has agreed to reduce its homeowners rates by 12.6% overall, effective February 1, 2016. Policyholders will save nearly $72.5 million as a result, with the average annual savings estimated...
News Release
11/16/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Daniel Zohar
San Francisco, CA – State Farm’s request for a 6.9% increase in its homeowners insurance premiums goes to trial this morning in San Francisco. Consumer Watchdog, one of two organizations bringing the legal challenge before the California Department of Insurance, says the company’s rates are already too high, and should be reduced...
News Release
10/20/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Pamela Pressley
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has challenged a rate increase proposed by State Farm, the state’s largest homeowners insurance company, that would overcharge consumers by approximately $210 million a year were it to take effect.  State Farm has made $1.5 billion in profits from its California homeowners line over the last 5 years...
News Release
1/9/2015
CONTACT Pamela Pressley & Harvey Rosenfield
Sacramento, CA – In a tentative ruling today, the Sacramento Superior Court rejected an insurance industry attack on regulations that limit the amount of advertising costs insurers can pass through to consumers in their premiums. The regulation is part of the landmark Prop 103 insurance reform initiative that has saved California drivers $...
News Release
7/23/2014
CONTACT Pamela Pressley
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog has petitioned Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to hold public hearings on the excessive rates of three top homeowners insurers – Allstate, CSAA, and Liberty Mutual. Additionally, Consumer Watchdog petitioned the Commissioner to reject CSAA’s (Northern California Auto Club) request to hike...