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Blog Post
11/1/2012
By Jamie Court
Revelations of discrimination by insurance companies are always shocking, but when they come out just days before a vote on an industry-sponsored ballot measure that would legalize unfair price increases and prejudice in auto insurance, Californians should pay particular attention. A former insurance agent from the Auto Club of Southern...
Blog Post
10/22/2012
Jamie Court
Incredible! With two weeks until Election Day, the insurance billionaire behind Prop 33 finally admitted his auto insurance initiative will raise rates on new customers. Los Angeles Times columnist Mike Hiltzik drew the admission from Mercury Insurance Chairman Joseph in Sunday’s newspaper. When the billionaire writing the $16 million...
News Release
10/16/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- The insurance billionaire behind Prop 33 is asking California voters to believe that he wants to overturn laws that have protected consumers for 24 years to save consumers money. Consumer Watchdog Campaign today released the “Top Five Reasons You Can’t Trust Mercury Insurance,” outlining the company’s...
News Release
10/12/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog, Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, and Consumer Federation of California, are urging California voters to oppose insurer-backed Prop 33 along with the California Nurses Association and the California Alliance of Retired Americans. As voters cast their votes by mail, the groups note...
News Story
10/11/2012
By Greg Boss, LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE
What It’s All About: Prop 33 will allow insurers to offer “continuous coverage” discounts to drivers who have maintained coverage consistently for a minimum of five consecutive years. It will also allow insurers to penalize customers who have gone without coverage at any point over the last five years. At the moment, insurance...
News Story
10/11/2012
By Steve Milne, CAPITAL PUBLIC RADIO
We continue our look at next month’s California election ballot with Proposition 33. It would change state laws on auto insurance premiums. If you've been with the same car insurance company for five-straight years or more, you're probably getting some type of "continuous coverage" discount. But let's say you wanted to...
News Story
10/11/2012
By Thea Skinner, EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE (San Diego, CA)
“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
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
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...
Blog Post
10/3/2012
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...
Feature
9/5/2012
By Daniel Palay
Internal reports prepared by California Department of Insurance (CDI) investigators show that Mercury Insurance Company used a variety of internal company rules – many unwritten – to overcharge or refuse to sell insurance to many Californians it deemed "unacceptable," including Americans serving in the military, small...