Mercury Insurance ordered to pay $27.5 million in fines

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A California appeals court has ruled in favor of reinstating the penalties against the insurer. In California, a state appeals court has reinstated a fine of $27.5 million in penalties against Mercury Insurance Co. The ruling from earlier this week was the outcome of a case accusing the insurer of charging illegal broker fees. The auto insurance company charged illegal broker fees in 180,000 transactions with its customers. The fees were charged to customers from 1999 through 2004. The fines against Mercury Insurance were originally imposed by the California Department…

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Tesla insurance is “not an easy business”, warns Warren Buffett

Tesla insurance - Warren Buffet at 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit

The Berkshire CEO has pointed to past failures of the industry to try to get into selling coverage. Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and investing guru to millions has knocked Elon Musk’s idea to launch Tesla insurance. Buffett is seen as an expert in the insurance industry as Berkshire Hathaway thrives within it. Musk recently announced that his electric vehicle company will launch its own Tesla insurance coverage, as reported by Live Insurance News at the end of April. This was, to a large extent, a response to what…

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Insurance Institute for Highway Safety wants better rear seat upgrades from automakers

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The non-profit is calling for vehicle makers to improve the restraint systems in the back seats of cars. A new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed that the non-profit feels backseat safety restraints are underperforming. The organization is calling for automakers to step up and improve the restraint systems in the back seats of their vehicles. The institute conducted a study that found that rear seat safety is not keeping up with that of front seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a study, the results…

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Tesla car insurance may be on its way for insuring electric vehicles

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Elon Musk’s EVs are facing problems on several different levels, causing the automaker to consider insuring. After another one of the company’s cars spontaneously burst into flames earlier this month, Tesla car insurance is likely to become available. The electric vehicle suddenly started burning while parked in a Shanghai garage. This was not the first time such an event has occurred. As a result, Tesla is likely to offer auto insurance to let its customers affordably cover their vehicles. Elon Musk, the company’s CEO brought up the subject of Tesla…

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Uber liabilities means the rideshare company “depends heavily” on insurance coverage

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The firm is on its way to its initial public offering and would not have reached this place without policies. Uber liabilities are widespread due to the very nature and size of the company. As it comes closer to its initial public offering (I.P.O.), many are recognizing that insurance coverage was integral to its success. The rideshare company is seeking to raise $10 billion along the way to its initial public offering. Uber Technologies Inc. openly acknowledges that it wouldn’t have been possible for it to reach this point without…

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Arkansas Insurance Department cautions drivers against car policy scam

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Commissioner Allen Kerr has issued a warning to consumers in the state due to fraudulent policy sales. The Arkansas Insurance Department recently issued a warning to drivers to take care when purchasing an auto insurance policy. There has been a broad rash of fraudulent car insurance policy sales in the state. The fake car insurance is being sold by people posing as agents and are primarily selling at dealerships. According to the Arkansas Insurance Department warning, the fraudulent auto insurance policies are being sold mainly at car dealerships. People pretending…

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Michigan auto insurance is unaffordable to 97 percent of ZIP codes, says UM study

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Nearly every ZIP code has car insurance premiums greater than 2 percent of household income. Michigan auto insurance rates are too high to be considered affordable to people living in 97 percent of the ZIP codes across the state, says a new University of Michigan study. The research was conducted by Poverty Solutions, the university’s campus-wide think tank. The study determined that the cost of auto insurance represented too much of a household’s income. What the researchers found was that in 97 percent of the ZIP codes across the state,…

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