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Blog Post
10/31/2008
Posted by Jamie Court
Internal FDA documents revealed by Congressman Henry Waxman show that "key FDA career officials strongly objected to Bush Administration drug labeling regulations that would preempt state liability lawsuits, asserting that the central justifications for the regulations were 'false and misleading' and warning that the changes would deprive...
News Release
7/18/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-0522, x317; or cell, 310-292-1902
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Two consumer groups today filed an appeal in their challenge of a controversial patent on human embryonic stem cells held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). Consumer Watchdog, formerly The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, and the Public Patent Foundation appealed to the U.S. Patent Office’s...
News Release
7/17/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912
Santa Monica, CA -- Governor Schwarzenegger and regulators announced a company-friendly settlement with Blue Shield today on the heels of a new lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles City Attorney that could cost the company $1 billion for retroactively canceling policies when patients got sick.  Today's settlement would let the company off the...
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
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
5/8/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
Our legal team was in San Francisco this week fighting another unjustified insurance rate hike - this time a 6% earthquake insurance rate increase requested by GeoVera. Most of the company's rate increase request is based on the cost of reinsurance (insurance for the insurance company) that it wants to pass on to its customers. Prop 103’s...
News Release
4/30/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, ext. 309; or Harvey Rosenfield, ext. 303
Industry-Drafted Proposals Will Lead to Higher Insurance Rates   Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner has quietly adopted insurance industry proposals to weaken the rate regulations that led to last week’s $250 million reduction in Allstate’s rates and over $61.8 billion in savings since the passage of the 1988 insurance reform...
News Release
4/24/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, (310) 392-0522 ext. 309; or Carmen Balber, ext. 324
A San Francisco judge refused auto insurance giant Allstate’s request to block a $250 million auto insurance rate decrease set to go into effect next Monday.   Last month, California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner ordered Allstate to reduce its auto insurance rates by 15.9%.  Allstate went to court to stop the decrease from...