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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
12/9/2010
CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA –  Mercury Insurance’s approximately $72 million rate cut for California drivers today comes despite the company’s original plan to hike premiums.  The price cut is the result of the California Department of Insurance’s refusal to allow Mercury Insurance to raise rates by approximately $32...
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...
News Release
10/13/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, ext. 309
$1.2 Million In Insurance Industry Donations In Past Two Weeks to Chamber PAC Running Ads Against Dave Jones Santa Monica, CA – For the second time in two weeks, insurance industry giants have made major contributions to a political action committee campaigning to defeat insurance commissioner candidate Dave Jones and elect Mike Villines,...
News Release
10/6/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, ext. 309
Candidate Mike Villines Has Taken $66,950 From Insurance Companies Despite Pledge Not to Take Industry Cash Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph and Progressive Insurance have deposited three hundred fifteen thousand dollars in a political action committee that has begun an advertising campaign attacking insurance...
News Release
9/27/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Naomi Seligman 310-617-4577; or Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, x309
Program Gives Lifeline In Tough Economy With No Taxpayer Cost Santa Monica, CA -- Governor Schwarzenegger has signed legislation, AB 1597 (authored by Assemblyman Dave Jones) to maintain California's innovative auto insurance program for low-income Californians with good driving records. The California Low Cost Auto Insurance program (CLCA),...
Legal Update
9/22/2010
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In November of 2009, Hartford Insurance submitted an application for a 6.9% rate increase to the California Department of Insurance. Consumer Watchdog intervened, pointing out numerous problems with the requested rate to the state. After a year-long process, the Commissioner issued his approval today. Instead of a 6.9% increase, the Commissioner...
News Release
8/30/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 392-0075; or Jerry Flanagan, (310) 392-0522, ext 319
Actuarial Soundness” Defense Protects Insurers At Expense of Rate Regulation, Consumer Watchdog Says Los Angeles, CA -- Anthem Blue Cross’s defense of its recent controversial premium increases will be codified in law under eleventh hour legislation by San Francisco State Senator Mark Leno, SB 1163, just as the California legislature...
Legal Update
8/25/2010
Posted by Todd Foreman
In August 2008, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company submitted applications to the California Department of Insurance for a rate increase of 4% and revisions to its auto rating factor plan (that’s the plan an insurer uses to distribute rates among its different policyholders, for example, charging less to someone who drives 5,000 miles versus...