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2/5/2010
Consumer Watchdog
Internal reports prepared by California Department of Insurance (CDI) investigators show that Mercury Insurance Company used a variety of internal company rules – many unwritten – to overcharge or refuse to sell insurance to many Californians it deemed "unacceptable," including Americans serving in the military, small...
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12/8/2009
Litigation Team
For a graph of the nearly $2 billion California consumers saved between 2003 and 2010, click here. Below is a chart of Consumer Watchdog's pending and completed challenges to insurance companies' proposed rate changes in California. Pending PENDING Company/Group Line Description...
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11/18/2009
Litigation Team
Imburgia, Mecca and Greiner v. DirecTv Los Angeles Superior Court No. BC 398295   UPDATE: Court Denies Preliminary Injunction Against DirecTv During 2008, Consumer Watchdog received complaints from the public concerning unexpected and undisclosed equipment charges by DirecTv when customers terminate satellite television service, either...
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11/18/2009
Litigation Team
Faigman v. AT&T Mobility LLC U.S. District Court - Northern District of California Case3:06-cv-04622-MHP Suit Against Cingular (Now AT&T) for Providing Customers "Rewards Cards"...Faigman v. AT&T Mobility LLC U.S. District Court - Northern District of California Case3:06-cv-04622-MHP Suit Against Cingular (Now AT&T...
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11/17/2009
Litigation Team
California Department of Insurance Notice of Noncompliance v. Mercury Insurance Company No. NC-03027545 Consumer Watchdog Joins Insurance Commissioner's Complaint Against Overcharges by Mercury Insurance Company UPDATE: Mercury Tries to Keep Agency Report from Public California Department of Insurance, Consumer Watchdog Prosecuting Mercury...
Feature
11/17/2009
Posted by Litigation Team
Donabedian v. Mercury Insurance Company Los Angeles Superior Court No. BC249019 Court of Appeal: Donabedian v. Mercury Insurance Company (2004) 116 Cal.App.4th 968 Consumer Watchdog Protects Public and Voters in Decade-Long Battle Against Overcharges by Mercury Insurance Company   UPDATE: Victims of Mercury's overcharges must redeem coupons...
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11/17/2009
KAMJ
Consumer Watchdog Sues California Department of Managed Health Care for Permitting HMOs to Deny Treatments to Autistic Children after Secret Meetings Between State Employees and HMO Execs Los Angeles Superior Court BS 121397 UPDATE: Court Issues Preliminary Ruling Holding Autism Treatment Denials, Agency Actions Illegal. Autism is a serious...
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9/15/2009
Posted by Barbara Bogaev
Our billboard in Los Angeles warning people not to trust Mercury Insurance (you can read why here) was torn down at Mercury’s insistence.  Read the hilarious LA Times column on "offensive" billboards. Now you can spread the message all over the universe, by entering our “YOU CAN’T TRUST MERCURY INSURANCE”...
Feature
8/24/2009
Consumer Watchdog
Ever since California voters enacted the landmark insurance reform initiative, Proposition 103 in 1988, Mercury Insurance has led a series of efforts to remove its consumer protections. Mercury's push to chip away at Proposition 103 has been nearly constant since soon after the measure's passage.  Here is a timeline of the major anti-...
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7/28/2009
Harvey Rosenfield
Apple introduced the slim, first-generation iPod Nano in 2005 to much fanfare, with Apple's CEO Steve Jobs pulling the gadget out of his pocket. Unfortunately for many consumers, the product quickly developed cracks and streaks in the screen as well as severe scratching that rendered the device unsightly and unreadable. Complaints about the...