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Legal Update
1/29/2013
By Laura Antonini
Mercury Insurance – the company that California regulators say “has a deserved reputation for abusing its customers and intentionally violating the law with arrogance and indifference” – is infamous for playing every angle in its effort to avoid accountability for cheating its customers. Mercury has spent tens of millions...
News Release
9/20/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer advocates demanded in a letter sent today that Mercury Insurance chairman George Joseph, who has contributed 99% of the funds backing Proposition 33, testify at a legislative hearing scheduled in Sacramento next Tuesday to publicly explain the benefit to his insurance company of the measure that would increase...
News Release
9/17/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica CA -- Three of California’s largest newspapers issued No on Proposition 33 endorsements this weekend, repudiating the false claims about the initiative made in campaign materials and deceptive advertisements now running across the state.  Prop 33 would allow insurance companies to increase prices on good drivers who have a...
News Release
9/13/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer advocates today called on the insurance company executive behind Proposition 33 to immediately withdraw new radio advertisements that mischaracterize the impact of the initiative on foreign service and military personnel in the wake of attacks on US embassies abroad. In statewide radio advertisements paid for by...
News Release
9/12/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – George Joseph, Mercury insurance company’s billionaire chairman who is backing Proposition 33, gave $195,000 to a nonprofit group last week as part of the campaign’s effort to hide from voters that the initiative was written and funded by the insurance industry, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign.  ...
News Release
9/5/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA --The nonprofit Greenlining Institute acknowledged in a San Francisco Bay Guardian story published today that it received a $25,000 donation from Mercury insurance company, and expects more for its work in support of Mercury-backed Proposition 33. Prop 33 is funded by Mercury insurance's billionaire chairman George Joseph and...
News Release
8/17/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court
Los Angeles, CA ---  A front page story in the New York Times about hundreds of thousands Californians who have been unemployed long term brings into focus the faces of Californians who will be unfairly surcharged under insurance-industry based Prop 33, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign, which is fighting the ballot measure. Prop 33 gives auto...
News Release
8/10/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- In a press release today, Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph's Proposition 33 campaign misrepresented the in-court statements of Consumer Watchdog's attorneys in Sacramento Superior Court, claiming the attorney told the Court that "the truth is elastic."  The court rejected all of the Prop 33...
News Release
8/9/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court, Harvey Rosenfield & Carmen Balber
Sacramenro, CA -- Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley rejected in full arguments in a lawsuit by the insurance industry backers of Proposition 33 and upheld the Attorney General’s Ballot Label as “Changes Law to Allow Auto Insurance Companies to Set Prices Based on a Driver's History of Insurance Coverage.”...
News Release
7/30/2012
CONTACT Douglas Heller & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – In an attempt to deny voters access to arguments against his self-serving ballot initiative, Mercury Insurance Company billionaire George Joseph and his Prop 33 campaign consultants have filed a lawsuit to hide the cost of Prop 33 from voters. The lawsuit, filed in Sacramento late Friday, asks the Sacramento Superior...