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Blog Post
7/17/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
Last week, Allstate was ordered by the Insurance Commissioner to reduce its homeowners insurance rates by approximately $242 million - an average $250 savings for each Allstate policyholder. The reduction followed on the heels of another quarter-billion rate reduction, that time for Allstate's auto customers, back in March. Consumer Watchdog...
News Release
7/14/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller (310) 392-0522, ext. 309; or Carmen Balber, ext. 324
20 Years After Vote, Insurers Must Show They are Complying With Prop 103 Rules   Santa Monica, CA -- Today is the deadline for every auto insurer in the state to submit new plans to the Insurance Commissioner detailing a new rate setting system that complies with the rules of the landmark 1988 insurance reform initiative Proposition 103. Auto...
News Release
7/10/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, (310) 392-0522, ext. 309; or Carmen Balber, ext. 324
Consumer Advocates Applaud Commissioner Poizner's Ruling, Shift Focus To Investigation of Possible Refunds for Past Allstate Overcharges      Santa Monica, CA -- Allstate (NYSE: ALL) homeowners’ insurance customers will save $242 million a year under a Wednesday order by Insurance Commissioner Poizner that the company lower...
News Release
7/9/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Harvey Rosenfield, (310) 392-0522, ext. 303
Court to Decide Whether Insurance is a “Service”   Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today urged the California Supreme Court to subject insurance companies to one of the state’s main consumer protection laws.   In a “friend of the court” brief, Consumer Watchdog urged the court to overturn a ruling last...
News Release
7/1/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, (310) 392-0522, ext. 324; or Doug Heller, ext. 309
Santa Monica, CA -- Insurance companies will be allowed to install spyware in Californians' cars, and charge higher auto insurance premiums to those who refuse, under legislation authored by San Rafael Assemblyman Jared Huffman.   Proponents claim the bill will encourage motorists to drive less, but the bill grants insurance companies...
News Release
6/26/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, (310) 392-0522 ext. 324; or Pamela Pressley, ext. 307
Homeowners Will Save An Average $512 A Year   Santa Monica, CA -- California homeowners with Fireman’s Fund insurance coverage will save a total of $35.1 million per year under an order issued last week by Insurance Commissioner Poizner that requires Fireman’s Fund to lower its premiums by 17.9%. The savings come as a result of...
Blog Post
6/24/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
I went to a Department of Insurance workshop yesterday to talk about what’s been dubbed “Pay as you drive” insurance. What that means depends on who you ask, and just about every opinion was thrown against the wall at yesterday’s meeting. Here at Consumer Watchdog, we think the idea is to make insurance rates fairer (and...
News Release
6/19/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber (310) 392-0522 ext. 324; or Doug Heller, ext. 309
Committee Rejects Bill by Mercury Insurance to Block Refunds To Drivers Who Are Illegally Surcharged   Santa Monica, CA -- The Senate Banking, Finance and Insurance Committee approved two bills yesterday that will allow insurance companies to spy on Californians’ driving habits, increase the cost of auto insurance and violate the voter-...
News Release
6/19/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, x309; or Carmen Balber, x324
2 Million California Consumers Will Share in Savings Santa Monica, CA -- Yesterday, Allstate (NYSE: ALL) dismissed its appeal of the $250 million in auto insurance rate reductions for California consumers ordered by Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner in March. The reductions were the result of extensive hearings under Proposition 103 at the...
Blog Post
6/10/2008
Doug Heller
Mercury Insurance is holding a press conference Wednesday with California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner to announce  rate decreases for drivers, homeowners and renters.  As the LA Times reports The auto rate reductions were based partially on new state criteria [implementing Proposition 103] that downplay the importance of the...