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News Release
11/2/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- The insurance billionaire backing Proposition 33 dropped another $500,000 into the campaign on Wednesday as Prop 33 slips in the polls. Mercury Insurance chairman George Joseph redoubled his campaign’s deceptive tactics with new advertisements that again feature testimonials by “supporters" who had financial ties to Mercury...
News Release
10/30/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer advocates today produced evidence that Mercury Insurance company, the backer of Prop 33, discriminated against members of the military by overcharging or refusing to sell them auto and homeowners insurance policies. Prop 33 on next week’s ballot would roll back a 24-year old consumer protection in California and allow...
News Story
10/29/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to view the original Op-Ed commentary. Answer just one question, and you'll know how you should vote on Proposition 33: Should you pay more for your car insurance if you stopped driving for a time because you couldn't afford a car, didn't own one or lived for awhile in a city where you didn't need one? The insurance billionaire behind...
Video
10/27/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Should the rules be changed for auto insurance companies doing business in California? That is the central question voters are being asked with Proposition 33. And the measure is complex.   Harvey Rosenfield wrote and shepherded the passage of Prop. 103, while George Joseph is the founder and chairman of Mercury Insurance. The two have been...
Video
10/26/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
A former Auto Club of Southern California insurance agent blows the whistle on a company practice that discriminates against drivers without a history of prior insurance coverage by penalizing agents with lower commissions when they sell to those drivers. Consumer Watchdog Founder Harvey Rosenfield announces a lawsuit to end the practice and...
News Story
10/18/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Click here to read the original editorial from the Sacramento News & Review. Proposition 33: No Conceived and funded by 91-year-old billionaire George Joseph, founder of Mercury Insurance Group, Proposition 33 is nearly identical to a measure that was rightfully voted down years ago by California voters. Proposition 33 would allow...
News Story
10/16/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO — Next month, California voters will be asked to consider 11 ballot propositions whose passage would carry the full force of law, an exercise in direct democracy that traces back to the Progressive Era of the early 20th century. This time around, though, four of them are initiatives of single rich individuals, while others are...
News Story
10/16/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES, CA -- A consumer advocacy group in California has fired another salvo of public complaints against Mercury Insurance Group, accusing the personal lines insurer of raising automobile insurance rates ahead of an election that will decide the fate of a ballot measure the consumer group said will directly benefit Mercury. Mercury's 4...
News Story
10/15/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio program broadcast. Of the 11 propositions on this November’s ballot, Proposition 33 is one that you may have not heard too much about other than from the “YES on 33” campaigns. George Joseph, the billionaire chairman of Mercury Insurance has backed the proposition with over $16...
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...