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News Release
8/24/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jonathan Phenix
Santa Monica, CA – Following Consumer Watchdog's petition for a hearing on Commerce West's application to increase its auto insurance policyholders' rates by 12% overall, the company has withdrawn its requested rate hike, saving California drivers over $8.2 million. Consumer Watchdog's petition alleged, among other things,...
News Release
8/23/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jonathan Phenix
Santa Monica, CA – In response to Consumer Watchdog’s challenge to State Farm’s proposed rate increases on businesses’ liability and property insurance, State Farm has agreed to cut the average overall rates it charges wholesale, retail, and service businesses by 4.0% and agreed to not raise the rates paid by professional...
News Release
8/10/2016
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Yesterday, the California Department of Insurance made public a proposed decision by an Administrative Law Judge, issued after an extensive hearing requested by Consumer Watchdog, ordering State Farm to decrease its homeowners insurance rates by 7.0%, and to refund policyholders $85 million for overcharges collected since...
News Release
8/9/2016
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Jonathan Phenix
Santa Monica, CA -- In a major victory for 1.7 million State Farm policyholders, an administrative law judge at the California Department of Insurance has: •    Determined that since at least July 15, 2015, State Farm’s premiums for homeowners insurance have been excessive, ordering the Company to refund policyholders at...
News Release
8/2/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jonathan Phenix
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog filed a petition challenging State Farm’s proposed rates for its dwelling insurance, charging that California’s largest homeowners insurer will be overcharging over 280,000 policyholders unless it cuts its rate by as much as 40%, or nearly $100 million. Consumer Watchdog’s analysis found...
News Release
10/20/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Pamela Pressley
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has challenged a rate increase proposed by State Farm, the state’s largest homeowners insurance company, that would overcharge consumers by approximately $210 million a year were it to take effect.  State Farm has made $1.5 billion in profits from its California homeowners line over the last 5 years...
News Release
6/23/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Covered California has successfully lobbied the federal government to delay public disclosure of qualified health plan rate change proposals for 2016, Consumer Watchdog said today. In a letter to Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, Consumer Watchdog said that residents of every other state now have access...
News Release
6/13/2014
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...
News Release
5/13/2014
CONTACT Pamela Pressley & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Public challenges to auto, home, medical malpractice and earthquake rate hikes proposed by insurance companies but proven excessive have resulted in more than $3 billion saved for consumers since 2002. A chart of the more than $3 billion saved in more than 80 challenges over the last twelve years by Consumer Watchdog is...
News Release
3/26/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Health insurance giant WellPoint this week threatened “double-digit plus” rate hikes next year, but won’t get away with unjustified increases if voters approve a California ballot measure to increase health insurance rate transparency and accountability this November, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign....