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7/1/2000
By Consumer Watchdog
California is the single biggest market for insurance in the nation. Between 1985 and 1987, insurance premiums in California rose dramatically. In 1986 alone, automobile premiums in California increased by 22%, while the consumer price index increased 3.1%. The increases led to public outrage.1 During 1987, California consumer advocacy groups...
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6/13/2000
Consumer Watchdog
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6/13/2000
Consumer Watchdog
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6/13/2000
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6/13/2000
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6/1/2000
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Excerpted from "Auto Insurance Crisis & Reform", by Harvey Rosenfield, published Fall 1998 in University of Memphis Law Review With the largest concentration of motorists of any state in the nation,1 California has proven to be a fertile ground for insurance reform efforts. Prior to 1988, California was one of the few states in the nation...
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6/1/2000
Consumer Watchdog
Earthquake insurance rates have doubled since the California Earthquake Authority was established. But consumers haven't received better coverage in exchange. In fact, they're receiving far less. And the coverage has large gaps in it. Also, the CEA has only limited funds, so if the "big one" hits, the CEA could go bankrupt, leaving consumers with...
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5/1/2000
Consumer Watchdog
Policyholders To Be Paid in Full, New Foundation Established The Lawsuit. On September 30, 1997, FTCR filed suit against Allstate Insurance Company. (Jo Ann Lowe and Proposition 103 Enforcement Project v. Allstate (BC178734)). It was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court under California's Unfair Business Practices Act (Business and Professions...
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4/27/2000
Consumer Watchdog
Under California state law, the Insurance Commissioner has the primary responsibility of policing insurance companies. At least every five years, and more often if the commissioner deems it necessary, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) must conduct a detailed examination, known as a "Market Conduct Exam," of every insurance company in...