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News Release
4/22/1998
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$28 Billion Bailout Tax Keeps Free Market In Shackles One of the biggest and most aggressive electric utility companies outside of California, Texas-based Enron Corp, has pulled out of California's residential electric utility market. The company has been unable to compete in the purportedly free utility market because of a $28 billion bailout...
News Release
4/8/1998
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Calls on Consumers to Send in Complaints In what may be the least exposed form of insurer abuse, insurance companies often wrongly determine their own policyholders to be "at-fault" in car accidents in order to boost the premium charged to the policyholder. This is the conclusion reached by consumer advocate Harvey Rosenfield and his Proposition...
News Release
2/19/1998
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Quackenbush Allows Insurers to Continue Setting Rates Without Standards Two California consumer groups today sent a letter to California Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush denouncing his decision to quash a study on excessive auto company rates and profits by a task force subcommittee he himself appointed. The Proposition 103 Enforcement...
News Release
1/29/1998
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Consumer Group Plans Lawsuit to Invalidate ZIP Code-Based Rating Consumer groups attacked a decision by Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush that the auto rating plans of three major insurers complied with Proposition 103's good driver provisions. The Proposition 103 Enforcement Project, the consumer group that called for hearings on the...
News Release
10/21/1997
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Proposed Regulations Will Lead to Increased Redlining & Discrimination The Proposition 103 Enforcement Project today denounced proposed changes to existing regulations which will lead to increased redlining and discrimination by insurers. Proposition 103 prohibits insurance companies from discriminating based on one's gender, race, color,...
News Release
10/6/1997
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The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that auto insurance experts agree that Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush is allowing insurers to illegally use ZIP code as one of the prime determinants of auto insurance rates, in violation of Proposition 103 and his own auto insurance regulations promulgated pursuant to the 1988 initiative. Last...
News Release
9/4/1997
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To Make Insurance Commissioner An Appointed Official The Assembly Appropriations Committee today passed legislation that would return the office of insurance commissioner to a gubernatorial appointment. SB 225 (Kopp) -- which would repeal a Proposition 103 provision that requires the insurance commissioner to be elected -- now moves to the...
News Release
7/28/1997
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Utility Company Commences Own Ad Campaign "CUT" -- Californians against Utility Taxes -- continued the public education campaign begun last week warning consumers about new ìderegulationî legislation backed by the utility industry. The bill, expected to be voted on later this week in Sacramento, would lock utility ratepayers into...
News Release
7/22/1997
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San Diego -- Joined by consumer advocate Ralph Nader, representatives of Californiaís leading consumer groups urged the public to join them in battling a $28.5 billion ìutility taxî which is scheduled to be imposed on residential ratepayers starting next January 1 for the next ten years to bailout utility companies from...
News Release
7/21/1997
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San Diego, California -- Consumer advocates Ralph Nader, Harvey Rosenfield, Harry Snyder (Consumers Union), Michael Shames (UCAN) and others will discuss plans to fight the imposition of a 40%, $28 billion utility tax imposed by the legislature though last year's "deregulation" bill, approved in Sacramento, and a companion bill this year, both...