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News Release
1/21/2015
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Pamela Pressley
Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento Superior Court has rejected an attack by Mercury and other insurance companies on state regulations that prevent insurance companies from making their policyholders pay for non-insurance expenses like political lobbying and sporting event sponsorships. The regulation is part of the landmark Prop 103 insurance...
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
7/24/2013
CONTACT Mark Reback
Washington DC -- Health insurance giant WellPoint today announced a 24% profit increase in the 2nd quarter of 2013, as compared to last year, and the company's stock hit an all-time high of $90 per share on Wednesday. WellPoint reported it earned $800.1 million, or $2.64 per share, in the three months that ended June 30th, which is up about 24...
News Release
5/22/2013
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...
News Release
4/29/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Pamela Pressley
Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance Company’s latest attempt to escape responsibility for overcharging tens of thousands of California motorists has been rejected by the courts. Facing hundreds of millions of dollars in fines in an administrative proceeding now being prosecuted by the California Department of Insurance, Mercury had asked...
News Release
2/13/2013
CONTACT J. Robert Hunter, Birny Birnbaum & Doug Heller
Washington, D.C. -- Advocates at the Consumer Federation of America, the National Consumer Law Center, the Center for Economic Justice, Consumer Watchdog, the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project and the Center for Responsible Lending strongly oppose the decision of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) – the federal...
News Release
2/7/2013
CONTACT Douglas Heller
Los Angeles, CA – Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, State Farm and Consumer Watchdog jointly announced a $160 million rate cut for State Farm’s California homeowners insurance policyholders at a news conference today.  More than a million homeowners and approximately 250,000 renters throughout California will see their premiums...
Blog Post
12/31/2012
By Daniel Palay
With just a few hours left in 2012, we've almost reached our year-end fundraising goal and your last opportunity to make a tax-deductible gift this year. Before you head out to your New Year's celebration, do you have a moment to be the donor that puts us over the finish line? Carmen's blog gave you a glimpse of what we have in store...