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Feature
12/8/2009
Litigation Team
For a graph of the nearly $2 billion California consumers saved between 2003 and 2010, click here. Below is a chart of Consumer Watchdog's pending and completed challenges to insurance companies' proposed rate changes in California. Pending PENDING Company/Group Line Description...
News Release
12/2/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Financial Reform Should Not Override State Protections, Says Consumer Watchdog   Washington, D.C. --- Legislation to undermine state insurance protections, including laws requiring insurers to hold enough money to pay all claims, passed the U.S. House Financial Services Committee today. Insurance deregulation should not be part of a...
News Release
10/27/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, cell: 310-403-0284 or 202-629-3043
Washington, D.C. --- Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Geithner, House Financial Services Committee Chair Barney Frank, and Financial Services Subcommittee Chair Paul Kanjorski today, arguing that legislation intended to undermine state insurance protections (H.R. 2609) is inconsistent with the re-regulatory promise of the...
News Release
10/6/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043; or Doug Heller, 310-392-0522 x309
Proposal Would Allow Treasury to Preempt State Capital Rules That Kept Insurance Policyholders Safe While Other Financial Firms Crashed Washington, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog called on Congress to reject legislation allowing the Treasury Department to use international agreements to override state insurance laws, including those requiring insurers...
News Release
9/30/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, x305 or 213-280-0175; or Jamie Court, x327
Studies of Tough Regs in California Show Strong Benefit for Both Consumers and Casualty Insurers in Stable Market   Santa Monica, CA -- The defeat of the so-called public insurance option in the Senate Finance Committee’s version of health reform makes regulation of insurance premiums and copays even more critical, said Consumer...
News Release
9/10/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Douglas Heller, 310-480-4170
Billboard Giant Broke Contract with Consumer Watchdog After Insurance Executive Complained Santa Monica, CA -- CBS Outdoor must re-install Consumer Watchdog's billboard immediately and fulfill its contractual obligation, the consumer group demanded in a letter to the billboard company sent Wednesday.  The letter, from first amendment lawyer...
News Release
9/3/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, (310) 392-0522, ext. 309
Consumer Group Releases Smoking Gun Documents, In Wake of Fires Warns Homeowners Insured By Mercury to Take Special Care Santa Monica, CA — A Los Angeles billboard warning consumers “You Can’t Trust Mercury Insurance” has been taken down by CBS Outdoor, after Mercury Insurance applied pressure to the billboard company....
News Release
5/14/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, ext. 309; or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Auto, Home and Other Insurers Pushing Deregulation Proposal To Opt Out of State Rate Regulation, Consumer Protections Washington, D.C. -- Auto, home, business and life insurance companies contributed $35,743,017 million to members of Congress during the last two election cycles, according to an analysis released today by the nonprofit,...
Blog Post
5/6/2009
posted by Doug Heller
In recent years Floridians have seen the worst of the insurance industry.  From lousy hurricane claims handling to price gouging, dumping customers and defiance of state orders.  It got so bad with Allstate, that the company was barred from doing business by the state insurance commissioner for a time last year. So what does the state...
Blog Post
4/28/2009
Posted by Jamie Court
Today, Consumer Watchdog will be in Sacramento to stop Mercury Insurance's latest assault on insurance reform Proposition 103 -- legislation that precludes California's insurance commissioner and judges from ordering insurers to issue refunds if rate increase requests filed with the Department of Insurance later prove to be unfair or excessive....