By Doug Porter, SAN DIEGO FREE PRESS
If you ever needed a case study in how one rich individual can buy a law that favors his auto insurance business while screwing consumers, Proposition 33 would fit the bill perfectly. It’s such a bad apple that other insurance companies, not exactly known for their pro-consumer attitudes when it comes to making money, won’t even...
By Drew Joseph, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
An initiative on the November ballot that would allow auto insurers to base their prices in part on a driver's coverage history is pitting an executive at one of the state's largest insurance companies against a consumer advocacy group for the second time in as many years.
Proposition 33 would enable insurance companies to offer...
By Steven T. Jones, SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN
Mercury Insurance wants to buy your vote again — this time, with an unusual ally
Who pays? Mercury Insurance wants to change the rules for pricing car insurance.
Mercury Insurance and its billionaire founder George Joseph are trying, for the second time in two years, to charge infrequent drivers more for car...
EDITORIAL by VENTURA COUNTY STAR
Proposition 33 on the Nov. 6 ballot is an industry-backed plan to change California law affecting the price of car insurance.
The Star recommends a "no" vote on Proposition 33 because its negative effects would outweigh any benefits to drivers and the public.
The ballot measure's major financial backer, to the tune of millions of...
By Don Jergler, INSURANCE JOURNAL
The language for an automobile persistency initiative will stand after the California Third District Court of Appeal on Monday denied an appeal filed by the backers of the Proposition 33 campaign seeking to strike part of the ballot language, including the label and title and summary.
The label and summary were prepared by California’s...
By Marc Lifsher, LOS ANGELES TIMES MONEY & CO. BLOG
An attempt by backers of an automobile insurance initiative to rewrite the title, summary and opponents' arguments on the November ballot has failed.
Late Thursday, a Sacramento Superior Court judge denied a request from the campaign for Proposition 33, alleging the description of the measure for the ballot pamphlet written by the attorney...
By Dale Kasler, SACRAMENTO BEE
Opponents of Proposition 33, which would rewrite California law on auto insurance rates, won a preliminary court skirmish Thursday over ballot language.
A Sacramento judge refused to tinker with ballot language filed by state officials and voter-pamphlet arguments submitted by the proposition's opponents, advocacy group Consumer...
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- In a press release today, Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph's Proposition 33 campaign misrepresented the in-court statements of Consumer Watchdog's attorneys in Sacramento Superior Court, claiming the attorney told the Court that "the truth is elastic." The court rejected all of the Prop 33...
CONTACT Jamie Court, Harvey Rosenfield & Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA -- Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley rejected in full arguments in a lawsuit by the insurance industry backers of Proposition 33 and upheld the Attorney General’s Ballot Label as “Changes Law to Allow Auto Insurance Companies to Set Prices Based on a Driver's History of Insurance Coverage.”...
Op-Ed by Jamie Court, CAPITOL WEEKLY
Sacramento loves to hate Consumer Watchdog, because we expose the dirty deeds politicians do for corporations, confront regulators who are asleep at the switch, and don’t believe you have to go along with big corporations to get along. We also take on the rich and powerful in the initiative process on behalf of consumers, which...