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News Story
8/13/2012
By Sean P. Carr, SNL INSURANCE DAILY
A California Superior Court judge rejected a bid to dismiss the official ballot label for a statewide automobile insurance initiative, handing a defeat to backers of Proposition 33. Proponents of the measure to allow insured drivers to take continuous coverage discounts with them from when they change insurance companies had filed a lawsuit...
News Story
8/13/2012
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...
News Release
8/13/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – The California Third District Court of Appeal summarily denied an appeal filed by the Mercury Insurance-backed Prop 33 campaign seeking to strike part of the impartial Ballot Label and Title and Summary prepared by California’s Attorney General. The decision was the campaign’s second failure in two days to...
News Story
8/10/2012
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...
News Story
8/10/2012
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...
News Release
8/10/2012
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...
News Release
8/9/2012
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.”...
News Story
8/6/2012
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...
News Story
8/1/2012
By Don Jergler, INSURANCE JOURNAL
As proponents of California Proposition 33 await a hearing on a lawsuit they filed to change some wording in voter guide statements for the upcoming November election, they’re hoping to avoid the damage that could be done by language they fear could be used against them by opponents of the measure. The automobile insurance portable...
News Story
7/30/2012
By Dale Kasler, SACRAMENTO BEE
Months before voters will have their say, a court fight has blown up over the ballot pamphlet governing Proposition 33, an initiative that would rewrite some of the rules governing auto insurance in California. Proponents of the initiative, which is backed by chairman George Joseph of Mercury Insurance Group of Los Angeles, filed suit Friday in...