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News Story
11/7/2012
By Drew Joseph, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
SACRAMENTO -- Voters rejected Proposition 33, a measure that would have allowed car insurers to offer discounts to drivers who maintain continuous coverage and raise rates on those who do not have a consistent history of coverage. Current state law enables insurers to offer loyalty discounts to drivers who maintain coverage with one company,...
News Release
11/2/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
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
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
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
Op-Ed Commentary by Jamie Court, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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
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
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
10/16/2012
By Jeff Jeffrey, BESTWIRE
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
By Sonali Kolhatkar, UPRISING RADIO
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 Release
10/9/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Nearly every newspaper editorial board in California has rejected Prop 33 as an unfair measure that will penalize good drivers, including liberal, middle-of-the-road and conservative papers across the state ranging from the San Diego Union-Tribune to the San Francisco Chronicle. The No on 33 editorial board endorsements...
News Story
10/8/2012
By Ronald Campbell, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
For a decade now, Mercury Insurance founder George Joseph has been trying to get one big change made to California's landmark insurance law: a discount for customers who switch auto insurance carriers. Gov. Gray Davis vetoed a Mercury-backed bill in 2002. The voters rejected Mercury-backed Proposition 17 in June 2010 by 4 percentage points....