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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...
News Release
9/7/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph launched another assault on consumer protections guaranteed by the 1988 insurance reform measure Proposition 103.  The California Secretary of State reports that Joseph is the sole donor to the signature gathering campaign for a new Mercury Insurance backed ballot initiative that...
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...
News Release
8/9/2011
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...
Video
8/8/2011
Consumer Watchdog's Brian Stedge and Cody Rosenfield explain why they are at the Mercury Insurance sponsored tennis tournament to spread the message "Don't Trust Mercury Insurance."
Blog Post
8/8/2011
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:...
Legal Update
7/15/2011
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Mercury Insurance wants to hike its already excessive homeowner’s insurance rates: Mercury’s stalling tactics have already cost its policyholders $25 million, and each day that Mercury is allowed to overcharge its policyholders amounts to $35,000 in excess profits.   In May 2009, Mercury Insurance sought to hike its homeowners...
Feature
8/4/2010
By Consumer Watchdog
  State regulators describe Mercury Insurance as an abusive, anti-consumer company. The California Department of Insurance recently made this statement before an Administrative Law Judge in an agency enforcement action against Mercury: Mercury has a deserved reputation for abusing its customers and intentionally violating the law...