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News Release
5/8/2013
CONTACT Douglas Heller & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Casualty Company must implement an 8% rate decrease to its homeowners insurance rates as required by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, according to a ruling issued by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene L. Balonon on Tuesday, denying Mercury’s request to delay the decrease from taking effect....
News Release
3/5/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber, Harvey Rosenfield & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance, which provides homeowners insurance for about 270,000 Californians, has refused to implement an 8% rate decrease ordered by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and filed a lawsuit to challenge the decision.  Last month, Jones approved a decision by state Administrative Law Judge Kristin L....
News Release
2/13/2013
CONTACT J. Robert Hunter, Birny Birnbaum & Doug Heller
Washington, D.C. -- Advocates at the Consumer Federation of America, the National Consumer Law Center, the Center for Economic Justice, Consumer Watchdog, the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project and the Center for Responsible Lending strongly oppose the decision of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) – the federal...
News Release
2/7/2013
CONTACT Douglas Heller
Los Angeles, CA – Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, State Farm and Consumer Watchdog jointly announced a $160 million rate cut for State Farm’s California homeowners insurance policyholders at a news conference today.  More than a million homeowners and approximately 250,000 renters throughout California will see their premiums...
Blog Post
1/2/2013
By Doug Heller
As Californian's look at their finances for 2013, several thousand homeowners will see savings on their earthquake insurance premiums.  As a result of California's insurance reform law – Proposition 103 – Californian's who purchase earthquake insurance from Chubb or Chartis will be saving a collective $12 million in...
Blog Post
6/15/2011
By Judy Dugan
I'm sure California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones knew what he was in for when he called together a few dozen consumer-focused organizations to talk about their issues with insurance--health, auto, home, long term care and more. The stories filled a day, and could have gone on for days more--of payment and care denied, policies that...
News Release
6/1/2011
CONTACT By The California Department Of Insurance
Cross-posted from California Department of Insurance: Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today announced a substantial decrease in homeowner insurance rates by USAA. The recent approval of the company's rate filing reduces rates for most of its California policyholders by an average of 14.9 percent. "Today, I am pleased to...
News Release
2/3/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller
Los Angeles, CA – A Los Angeles Superior Court this morning granted a former Farmers Insurance customer, represented by Consumer Watchdog’s attorneys, the right to challenge portions of a $455 million settlement of a national class action lawsuit against Farmers Group, Inc. The case, known as Fogel v. Farmers Group, Inc., charges...
News Release
1/10/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller and Daniel Y. Zohar
Santa Monica, CA -- Allstate Insurance has agreed to stop selling its aggressively marketed "Your Choice Auto" (YCA) insurance program in California, in response to a challenge brought by the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog.  As of today, Allstate will no longer issue new YCA policies, which Consumer Watchdog considers deceptive and...
News Release
10/19/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Douglas Heller, 310-392-0522 ext. 309
$2.655 Million To Date To Sacramento Political Committee That Doesn't Disclose Industry Funding In Ads Supporting Villines, Attacking Jones Santa Monica, CA - Insurance companies' addition of $1.365 million this weekend to their campaign to elect Mike Villines as insurance commissioner is consistent with Consumer Watchdog's expectation that the...