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News Release
12/22/2011
CONTACT By Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog Campaign has released a new video showing the 375th richest man in America, 90-year old insurance baron George Joseph, as the Grinch who stole Christmas. The video points to the devious attack by the Chairman of Mercury Insurance on auto insurance customers who will face dramatic premium increases if George...
News Release
12/20/2011
CONTACT By Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance is seeking permission to raise auto insurance rates by $89 million.  At the same time, the company’s Chairman George Joseph is spending $8 million on a 2012 ballot initiative that insurance billionaire claims will give “discounts” to some drivers.  The proposed initiative is...
Blog Post
11/17/2011
By Doug Heller
Does your bank charge you extra on your monthly car or mortgage loan payments for insurance that the bank bought? Do you even know if it’s happening? Most people insure their homes and cars, but banks sometimes buy an additional policy without asking the owner, adding the costs to the monthly car or home loan payment. Sometimes the...
News Release
11/9/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge
Los Angeles, CA -- Consumers and the courts, not an insurance company defendant, should benefit from a $455 million class action settlement, Consumer Watchdog argued at the settlement’s final approval hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court today. The unclaimed funds in the settlement of a consumer lawsuit against Farmers Insurance could...
News Release
11/2/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA --Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph is no longer the sole donor to a misleading state ballot initiative that would repeal Proposition 103's prohibition against considering a driver’s coverage history when a motorist applies for insurance.  An insurance agency whose only past political contribution was to...
Blog Post
9/15/2011
By Judy Dugan & Brian Stedge
When a billionaire auto insurance executive personally sponsors a statewide ballot initiative to delete regulations on his industry, would we Consumer Watchdogs be right to smell a rat? Yeah, we thought so. That’s why Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph is not only putting millions of dollars into getting people to sign his ballot...
News Release
9/12/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph continues his decades-old assault on consumer protections guaranteed by the 1988 insurance reform measure Proposition 103.  The California Secretary of State reports that Joseph gave nearly $8.1 million to a political action committee aiming to place an initiative on the June...
Blog Post
8/19/2011
By Carmen Balber
Who could complain about insurance companies that let consumers choose? Auto insurers have started offering discounts to drivers who agree to install tracking devices in their cars to tell the insurance company when, where, and how they're driving. These devices put your insurance company in the passenger seat, taking notes every time you...
News Release
8/12/2011
CONTACT Doug Heller & Brian Stedge
Santa Monica, CA -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued a title and summary yesterday for Mercury Insurance's ballot initiative explaining that the proposed initiative "Will allow insurance companies to increase cost of insurance to drivers who have not maintained continuous coverage."  The proposed initiative...
News Release
8/11/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge-Stroud
Newport Beach, CA -- Consumer Watchdog advocates delivered letters to, and picketed outside, the offices of Orange County Mercury Insurance agents whose "Agents Alliance" group is sponsoring Mercury Insurance's proposed ballot measure to repeal a key insurance consumer protection in California and raise car insurance rates for...