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CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield
SANTA MONICA, CA: “Self-driving” vehicles will pose unprecedented safety, security, and privacy risks, and insurance companies and auto makers will try to shift the blame – and the costs – to consumers through higher insurance rates, Consumer Watchdog warned today in an informational hearing in Sacramento conducted by the...
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CONTACT Pam Pressley
Santa Monica, CA—In a published decision issued Friday afternoon, the California Court of Appeal in Sacramento has rejected a sweeping legal assault brought by Mercury Casualty Co. and insurance industry lobbying groups against Proposition 103, the landmark insurance reform law that has saved California consumers over $100 billion since...
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CONTACT Pamela Pressley
Santa Monica, CA - A sweeping legal assault by Mercury Insurance and various insurance company lobbying groups on rate review regulations that have saved California consumers over $100 billion since the passage of Proposition 103 in 1988 was rejected by the Sacramento Superior Court in a decision filed on June 11th. The court decision upholds a...
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CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Pamela Pressley
Santa Monica, CA - Fourteen non-profit citizen, consumer and low income advocacy organizations today formally petitioned Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to bar auto insurance companies from discriminating against California drivers based on their occupation or education level.   “The use of these unauthorized rating factors increases...
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CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Pamela Pressley
Santa Monica, CA -- California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has approved a decision by an administrative law judge permitting Allstate Insurance Company to grant special premium benefits to motorists who attended prestigious colleges or have high income jobs like lawyers and doctors. The agency staff has previously allowed other insurance...
Blog Post
By Harvey Rosenfield
Auto insurance rates in California have to be based primarily on a motorist’s driving safety record, the number of miles you drive each year, and how many years you’ve been on the road.  That’s one of the mandates of insurance reform Proposition 103, approved by California voters in a David versus Goliath battle with the...
 Prop 103 has resulted in lower premiums than 25 years ago
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CONTACT Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – California drivers insured by Auto Club of Southern California will receive an average rate decrease of 4.1% after the company agreed to lower premiums following discussions with the California Department of Insurance and Consumer Watchdog.  The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog challenged a 2012 Auto Club filing with the...
Blog Post
By Jamie Court
Can you remember another year when consumers' voices have been heard so loudly? We're one step closer to fair health insurance rates: Consumer Watchdog Campaign qualified a ballot measure for the next California general election that forces health insurance companies to justify and get permission before raising rates, and also provides...
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CONTACT Pam Pressley or Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Low-income Californians with good driving records should be given a 3.9% rate decrease on the state's innovative Low Cost Auto Insurance Program, according to an actuarial analysis Consumer Watchdog submitted to the California Department of Insurance Wednesday. The Insurance Commissioner is conducting an annual rate...