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News Release
5/11/2017
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Supreme Court has rebuffed an assault by Mercury Casualty Co., State Farm, Allstate, Farmers and other insurance companies on Proposition 103, the landmark insurance reform law that has saved California consumers over $100 billion since voters passed it in 1988. The Court let stand a lower court ruling that...
News Release
8/24/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jonathan Phenix
Santa Monica, CA – Following Consumer Watchdog's petition for a hearing on Commerce West's application to increase its auto insurance policyholders' rates by 12% overall, the company has withdrawn its requested rate hike, saving California drivers over $8.2 million. Consumer Watchdog's petition alleged, among other things,...
News Release
1/13/2016
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Three of the nation’s top consumer advocates today asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to adopt as standard equipment three new advanced safety technologies that could prevent thousands of deaths and injuries, and billions in property damage, from rear-end crashes. The formal petition by...
News Release
10/28/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – California is the only state in the nation where auto insurance premiums, in real dollars, are lower today than they were 27 years ago when the voters approved insurance reform Proposition 103. The law has saved drivers $100 billion on their insurance since 1988, according to a study by the Consumer Federation of America....
News Release
1/21/2015
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Pamela Pressley
Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento Superior Court has rejected an attack by Mercury and other insurance companies on state regulations that prevent insurance companies from making their policyholders pay for non-insurance expenses like political lobbying and sporting event sponsorships. The regulation is part of the landmark Prop 103 insurance...
Video
1/12/2015
A Sacramento judge has tentatively ruled that Mercury Insurance cannot pass on the costs of institutional advertising, like its golf tournament the Mercury Open, to policyholders. Auto and home insurance ratepayers will saving millions.
News Release
1/12/2015
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Pamela Pressley
Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance has been ordered by the California Insurance Commissioner to pay a historic $27.5 million penalty for willfully violating Proposition 103, by charging California consumers illegal auto insurance fees between 1996 and 2006. In February, 2004, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) filed an...
News Release
1/9/2015
CONTACT Pamela Pressley & Harvey Rosenfield
Sacramento, CA – In a tentative ruling today, the Sacramento Superior Court rejected an insurance industry attack on regulations that limit the amount of advertising costs insurers can pass through to consumers in their premiums. The regulation is part of the landmark Prop 103 insurance reform initiative that has saved California drivers $...
News Release
10/2/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today challenged the idea that widespread use of fully autonomous or driverless cars is imminent, and urged the state Insurance Commissioner to focus on immediate consumer concerns of auto safety and privacy. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group also rejected insurance industry arguments that...
News Release
2/27/2014
CONTACT Pamela Pressley & Cathy Lee
Santa Monica, CA - Consumer Watchdog petitioned the Insurance Commissioner this week for a public hearing on the “new program” private passenger auto filings of Farmers Specialty Insurance Company, an affiliate of Farmers Insurance Exchange. Consumer Watchdog’s petition seeks to compel Farmers and its affiliates to comply with...