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News Release
9/4/1997
Posted by Consumer Watchdog

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...
Feature
9/1/1997
Posted by Consumer Watchdog

Deregulation For Utilities, Costly Regulation For Ratepayers Instead of giving consumers the ostensible benefits of deregulation -- competition leading to lower prices-- the law freezes all utility rates for four years at June 1996 levels, which were approximately 50%...
News Release
7/28/1997
Posted by Consumer Watchdog

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...
News Release
7/22/1997
Posted by Consumer Watchdog

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...
News Release
7/21/1997
Posted by Consumer Watchdog

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 "...
News Release
7/17/1997
Posted by Consumer Watchdog

Repealing No Fault Fastest Way To Lower Price of Insurance Beleaguered motorists in no fault states have seen their insurance premiums increase an average of 45.6% between 1989 and 1995, according to a new study of insurance industry data released today by California'...
News Release
6/11/1997
Posted by Consumer Watchdog

Legislator Tries To Overturn Prop 103 Reform, Is Challenged One week after his legislation to ban insurance industry contributions to California's elected insurance commissioner failed in the state senate, Senator Quentin Kopp has introduced a bill to repeal...
News Release
4/10/1997
Posted by Consumer Watchdog

Consumers Paying Millions More as Quackenbush Reverses 103 Gains Contradicting recent public statements by California Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush, the average combined auto insurance premium (the sum of the averages of liability, collision and...
News Story
11/17/1996
Posted by Consumer Watchdog

Health maintenance organizations, which care for more than 60 million people, are telling courts across the country that they cannot be held responsible for medical malpractice in cases involving patients who receive care through employer-sponsored health plans. The H....
News Story
10/26/1996
Posted by Consumer Watchdog

  Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch--already controversial for his political giving--has made personal contributions of $ 1 million to the California Republican Party, including $ 750,000 this month alone. According to public documents filed Friday by the state GOP,...