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News Release
1/27/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, 310/403-0284; or Jessica Lass, NRDC, 310/434-2300
California's first-in-the-nation requirement that mileage be considered in annual premiums will benefit the environment, says NRDC SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 27, 2009) -- Consumer Watchdog today released a scorecard ranking California’s Top 10 auto insurance companies on how well they reward motorists who drive fewer miles with lower...
News Release
12/12/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, ext. 309; or Carmen Balber, ext. 324
Changes By Poizner Earlier This Year Led to Rate Hikes And New Proposal Will Lead to Even Higher Rates for Individuals, Businesses   San Francisco, CA -- California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner has come under attack from consumer advocates for a proposal to deregulate insurance rates and allow insurance companies to raise rates on...
News Release
11/14/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, (310) 392-0522 ext. 309, or Carmen Balber, ext. 324
Santa Monica, CA -- California drivers with Explorer auto insurance coverage will save $8.3 million per year under an order issued this week by Insurance Commissioner Poizner that requires the company to lower its premiums by 15%. The rate decrease must take effect by December 12, 2008.   Explorer had requested a 17.7% increase in the rate...
Blog Post
9/18/2008
Jamie Court
CW's founder Harvey Rosenfield recounts in his new blog Honest Answers an interesting conversation not long ago with a retired judge who told Harvey that then-AIG CEO Hank Greenberg was complaining to judges about Harvey and his Prop 103's regulation. Greenberg argued, of course, that the government shouldn't be meddling in AIG's business. ...
Blog Post
9/18/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
AIG’s near collapse has at least one silver lining: the US House took HR 5840 (Kanjorski, D-PA) off the floor yesterday. The bill would allow the treasury department to override state regulation of the insurance industry. (Consumer Watchdog’s letter to Rep. Kanjorski is here.) Kudos to Representatives Speier (D-CA) and Kucinich (D-OH...
News Release
9/17/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, ext. 309
H.R. 5840 (Kanjorski) On House Calendar Today Would Allow Treasury Dep't to Preempt Certain State Laws Santa Monica, CA -- In a letter today to Congressman Paul Kanjorski (D-PA), Consumer Watchdog, a California-based nonprofit, said that the massive federal bailout of America’s largest insurer means that Congress needs to rethink a proposal...
News Release
8/27/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, (310) 403-0284; or Doug Heller, (310) 392-0522, x309
Santa Monica, CA -- Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) announced draft regulations on “pay-as-you-drive” insurance today that are intended to reward those who drive fewer miles each year, a requirement in California under insurance reform initiative Proposition 103.   “...
News Release
8/7/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, (310) 392-0522, ext. 324
Driving Data Could Be Used By Insurers to Discriminate By ZIP-Code   Santa Monica, CA – Legislation that would allow insurance companies to track when, where and how Californians drive passed the Senate Appropriations committee today. The bill authorizes different insurance rates for drivers who choose to protect their privacy and those...
News Release
8/6/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, (310) 392-0522, ext. 324
Santa Monica, CA -- Devices to track a driver’s every move, as allowed by a bill under consideration by the California legislature, aren’t necessary to encourage people to drive less, said Consumer Watchdog in a letter to AB 2800 author Assemblyman Jared Huffman today.  A coalition of consumer and privacy protection groups...
Feature
7/22/2008
KAMJ
Harvey Rosenfield discusses why it took nearly 20 years to end the corporate practice of zip-code based auto insurance.   Part 1   Part 2   Part 3