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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...
Article
11/14/2012
Jamie Court, SPECIAL TO THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Wednesday, the California Fair Political Practices Commission takes up the question of whether political bloggers should have to disclose who pays them to blog in political campaigns. Sacramento's consultant establishment, both on the left and the right, has been hiding behind free speech protections to propagandize and cut the legs out from...
Blog Post
11/8/2012
By Jamie Court
Insurance companies learned a lesson election night in California:  Don’t try to fool the voters or you’ll be the one looking foolish. Thanks to your help voters saw through one insurance billionaire’s deceptive campaign and rejected Prop 33 with 55% opposed. Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph spent $17.5 million and...
News Release
11/7/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Voters issued the final verdict on the deceptive campaign for Prop 33, financed by Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph, that would have given insurance companies the power to charge good drivers more for lapses in coverage. Prop 33 was losing by a margin of 46 to 54 at 11:30 pm Tuesday. Consumer Watchdog Campaign...
Blog Post
11/6/2012
Harvey Rosenfield
For the last 25 years, I've worked day and night to keep insurance rates low here in California. That's why I'm OPPOSED to PROP 33, the Mercury Insurance Company Initiative…and I need your help to get the word out. Prop 33 will allow insurance companies to raise rates on good drivers who've done nothing wrong. It legalizes...
Video
11/3/2012
On Election Day, California voters will decide on Proposition 33 which would change the way insurance companies charge for their auto policies although maybe not the way you think. People have been stopping 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney on the street and asking him about their discounts for staying with one insurance company. They ask, if...
News Release
11/2/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog Campaign today called upon the publisher of the San Jose Mercury News to send an email to subscribers correcting the record on a misleading paid advertisement sent out by email over the weekend which made it appear that the newspaper editorialized for Prop 33 when in fact it came out against it. The paid...
News Release
11/2/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- The insurance billionaire backing Proposition 33 dropped another $500,000 into the campaign on Wednesday as Prop 33 slips in the polls. Mercury Insurance chairman George Joseph redoubled his campaign’s deceptive tactics with new advertisements that again feature testimonials by “supporters’ who had financial...
Video
11/2/2012
Consumer Watchdog's Carmen Balber answers the insurance industry's spin by reminding voters to follow the money: "When was the last time an insurance executive spent millions of dollars to save you money?" Prop 33 is about one insurance company trying to buy the vote.
Blog Post
10/30/2012
By Dolores Huerta, Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President, Dolores Huerta Foundation for Community Organizing
Civil rights leader Dolores Huerta issued the following statement today about California's Proposition 33 on the Nov. 6th ballot: "Proposition 33 would return us to an era when discrimination in insurance was commonplace. If billionaire George Joseph gets his way, millions of Californians would pay higher auto insurance premiums. Mr....