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News Release
CONTACT Brian Stedge-Stroud
Watch the Video of the Press Conference: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/video/buzzing-mercury-open   Carlsbad, CA -- A plane towing the message "Don't Trust Mercury" flew over Center Court during the Finals match at the Mercury Insurance Tennis Open and a mobile billboard carrying the same message circled the La Costa...
Blog Post
By Jamie Court
Tennis fans were riled by our drive-by and fly-by mobile advertisements at the finals of the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad yesterday. Our message: “Don’t Trust Mercury Insurance." You can watch a short video here, which explains why students are getting involved against Mercury. Here’s some of the reaction:...
News Release
CONTACT Douglas Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Starting next month, GEICO will begin implementing a 10.7% overall rate decrease for its California automobile insurance policyholders.  GEICO originally asked the California Department of Insurance (CDI) for a 4% increase to its automobile insurance rates, but the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog challenged the hike....
Blog Post
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...
Consumer Watchdog's Doug Heller discusses the benefits and pitfalls of "Pay As You Drive" policies which are taking hold in California.
Blog Post
By Judy Dugan
It looks like legal immigrants who buy auto insurance in California may be getting a raw deal from at least some insurance companies. What we're hearing is that a few companies are refusing to give the state's Good Driver discount to immigrants who have held a U.S. drivers license for less than 18 months. Even drivers who can show a...
News Release
CONTACT Doug Heller & Todd Foreman
Santa Monica, CA –Metropolitan Direct Insurance Company has withdrawn a $6 million rate hike after Consumer Watchdog challenged the company’s proposed 5.8% increase to its auto insurance rates.  Consumer Watchdog sought intervention after reviewing Metropolitan Direct’s rate application and finding several errors and...
Go green and save on your auto insurance. Consumer Watchdog's Doug Heller explains to KGO-TV's Michale Finney how this may be the first time State Farm and Consumer Watchdog are on the same side.  Thanks to new rules under insurance reform Prop 103 you can save 1% to 2% on your auto insurance for every 500 fewer miles you drive....
Legal Update
By Jerry Flanagan
There were twenty-five lawyers in gray suits waiting in a Los Angeles Superior Court courtroom yesterday afternoon when I walked in to try to make sure that $455 million in class action settlement funds go to the Farmers policyholders who are entitled to the money, instead of being kept by the insurance company. Harvey Rosenfield said he hadn...
Legal Update
By Consumer Watchdog
Over the objections of the insurance companies and attorneys for the plaintiffs, Superior Court Judge William F. Highberger granted a Farmers customer’s request to intervene in Fogel v. Farmers Group, Inc. and postponed the preliminary class action settlement approval hearing until March 2, 2011. Consumer Watchdog's lawyers, who...