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Legal Update
2/4/2011
By Consumer Watchdog
Over the objections of the insurance companies and attorneys for the plaintiffs, Superior Court Judge William F. Highberger granted a Farmers customer’s request to intervene in Fogel v. Farmers Group, Inc. and postponed the preliminary class action settlement approval hearing until March 2, 2011. Consumer Watchdog's lawyers, who...
Legal Update
1/4/2011
By Jerry Flanagan
On Other Key Issues, Ruling Leaves Autistic Children at Risk; Brown Administration Urged to Take Action A Los Angeles County Superior Court issued a ruling late Monday finding in part that the Schwarzenegger Administration illegally changed state policy relating to autism coverage without following the required public process.  However...
Legal Update
12/9/2010
By Jerry Flanagan
We have cleared the final hurdle before going to trial next Monday on our suit against the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), the state's largest health insurance regulator, for illegally siding with insurance companies over autism treatment delays. This week, a Sacramento judge refused the DMHC's request to transfer our case to...
Legal Update
11/23/2010
By Doug Heller
As the Daily Journal reports today: Battle lines are being drawn between consumer activists and the California Department of Insurance on one side and the insurance industry on the other concerning a state appellate court decision whose opponents say immunizes insurers for using illegal underwriting criteria to determine rates. On...
Legal Update
11/19/2010
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Ever play a game with a poor loser who tries to change the rules when the chips are down? The Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) is trying to do something like that in our lawsuit over care denials for autistic kids. Only thing is, caring for children with autism is no game. Just weeks before our scheduled December 13 trial in Los...
Legal Update
11/4/2010
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
What does "health care reform" promising "access" to health care services really mean if children can be denied the medical care they need? California HMOs and health insurers are denying autistic children the most effective medical treatment that is available, with severe consequences for them, their families, and the state...
Legal Update
9/22/2010
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In November of 2009, Hartford Insurance submitted an application for a 6.9% rate increase to the California Department of Insurance. Consumer Watchdog intervened, pointing out numerous problems with the requested rate to the state. After a year-long process, the Commissioner issued his approval today. Instead of a 6.9% increase, the Commissioner...
Legal Update
8/25/2010
Posted by Todd Foreman
In August 2008, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company submitted applications to the California Department of Insurance for a rate increase of 4% and revisions to its auto rating factor plan (that’s the plan an insurer uses to distribute rates among its different policyholders, for example, charging less to someone who drives 5,000 miles versus...
Legal Update
8/8/2005
By Consumer Watchdog
California's Proposition 103 bestowed upon the public the right to challenge the rates or practices of an insurance company in court. (Insurance Code Section 1861.10) Proposition 103 also specifies that California's civil rights and consumer protection laws apply to the actions of insurance companies. (Ins. Code Section 1861.03(a)) and can...