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News Story
10/11/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
“Mercury Insurance has a terrible history of mistreating its customers, ignoring the law and trying to deceive voters.”— Consumer Watchdog “Proposition 33 creates a more vibrant market for auto insurance by empowering California’s consumers to shop for the best deal.” –Samuel Kang, Greenlighting...
News Release
10/10/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Santa Monica, CA – Mercury General is raising auto insurance rates by $63 million on its customers, an average 4% rate hike for 990,000 Mercury auto insurance policyholders in California. The rate hike comes just ahead of a November vote on Proposition 33, funded by Mercury Chairman George Joseph, which would allow insurance companies to...
News Story
10/10/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Proposition 33 allows insurance companies to raise rates on motorists with perfect driving records. If voters buy this lemon, millions of law-abiding Californians will see a new surcharge on their auto insurance premium bills. Proposition 33 carves a loophole in state insurance law, banning regulatory review of this new rate hike. The measure is...
Blog Post
10/3/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
In response to our Consumer Alert exposing the Prop 33 campaign for using paid campaign employees in their TV ads, the insurance industry-backed Proposition 33 campaign issued a statement to the LA Times Opinion blog - excerpts below - stating that "the two women in their ads were simply volunteering their stories in support of the effort to...
News Story
9/28/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Click here to read the original editorial from the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Didn't Californians already vote down Proposition 33 -- the measure to make changes to the state's auto insurance law on the Nov. 6 ballot? Essentially, yes -- in June 2010 when voters defeated Proposition 17. The electorate didn't buy the pitch then that...
News Story
9/28/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Click here to read the original editorial from the Riverside Press-Enterprise.   Time does not make a bad idea better. Prop. 33 on the November ballot is a retread of a special-interest measure voters rejected two years ago. The new version deserves the same fate; voters should just say no to Prop. 33. This ballot measure would let auto...
News Story
9/27/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Click here to read the original editorial from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. DIDN'T Californians already vote down Proposition 33 - the measure to make changes to the state's auto insurance law on the Nov. 6 ballot? Essentially, yes - in June 2010 when voters defeated Proposition 17. The electorate didn't buy the pitch then that...
News Story
9/27/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Click here to read the original editorial from the Santa Cruz Sential. Proposition 33 on the Nov. 6 ballot is a testament, or an indictment, of one auto insurance company's dogged pursuit of recruiting customers while charging more to Californians who are either buying policies for the first time or have let their coverage lapse. This...
Blog Post
9/24/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
The Consumer Federation of America released a new report today assessing consumer views on the factors insurance companies use to set premiums around the country.  Not surprisingly, Americans think that insurance rates should be based primarily on motorists' driving safety record (87% and 85% of respondents believe rates should reflect a...
News Story
9/24/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Click here to read the original editorial from the Los Angeles Daily News. Didn't Californians already vote down Proposition 33 -- the measure to make changes to the state's auto insurance law on the Nov. 6 ballot? Essentially, yes -- in June 2010 when voters defeated Proposition 17. The electorate didn't buy the pitch then that...