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News Release
8/23/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – Following Consumer Watchdog's petition for a hearing on Commerce West's application to increase its auto insurance policyholders' rates by 12% overall, the company has withdrawn its requested rate hike, saving California drivers...
News Release
8/22/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – In response to Consumer Watchdog’s challenge to State Farm’s proposed rate increases on businesses’ liability and property insurance, State Farm has agreed to cut the average overall rates it charges wholesale, retail, and...
News Release
8/1/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog filed a petition challenging State Farm’s proposed rates for its dwelling insurance, charging that California’s largest homeowners insurer will be overcharging over 280,000 policyholders unless it cuts its rate by...
News Release
7/26/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA -- Challenging a proposal from the Farmers Insurance group of companies to hike its homeowners insurance rates by nearly 7.0% overall, or $78 million, Consumer Watchdog filed a petition today alleging that Farmers should instead decrease its overall...
Blog Post
7/22/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber

Obama administration officials’ love affair with self-driving cars is so blinding that even a fatal crash – caused when a Tesla in autopilot mode failed to "see" a white truck against a bright sky – has failed to slow their rush to deploy...
Blog Post
7/7/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber

Consumer Watchdog joined the nation’s leading consumer groups to submit a white paper to the Department of Justice today demonstrating why any potential remedies in the proposed Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana mergers will not work to protect consumers from harm in...
News Release
6/22/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – The U.S. Department of Justice should heed today's recommendation by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and reject the proposed $37 billion merger of health insurance giants Aetna and Humana, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer...
News Release
6/19/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – The California Department of Managed Healthcare (DMHC) approved the merger of Aetna and Humana today, sanctioning unjustified rate increases and without requiring the insurer pass on any projected savings to consumers. Consumer Watchdog urged...
News Release
6/15/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber

Santa Monica, CA – The U.S. Department of Justice should adopt today's recommendation by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and reject the proposed $50 billion merger of health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer...
News Release
6/13/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber

Sacramento, CA – A California Assembly committee approved a bill today to begin reversing the opioid overdose epidemic and save lives. More people are lost in California to drug overdoses than any other state, and many of those family members testified to their...