California watchdog group calls for tougher insurance industry rules

Insurance Industry Rules - Business Man

A consumer advocacy group is now petitioning state legislators to reconsider a privacy bill. A California consumer watchdog is petitioning legislators to tighten insurance industry rules. The advocacy group is asking lawmakers to rethink the pending California Consumer Privacy Act. According to the watchdog, the act has the potential to allow insurance companies to sidestep privacy laws. The California Consumer Privacy Act is slated to become effective in January 2020. It was written to provide regulations preventing the sale of consumer personal information from being sold to other companies. It…

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Impact of climate change to make insurance prohibitively expensive, says Munich Re

Impact of Climate Change - Damage House

The largest reinsurance company in the world has cautioned that most people won’t afford coverage soon. For several years, insurance companies have been warning that the impact of climate change will be an expensive one. Munich Re, the largest reinsurance company in the world, is now warning that global warming will make insurance too expensive for most people. The reinsurer has already blamed climate change for $24 billion in California wildfire losses. Munich Re chief climatologist, Ernst Rauch, explained in a recent Guardian report that it won’t be long before…

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PG&E admits its equipment was the “probable” Camp Fire cause

Camp Fire Cause - California Camp Fire

The largest Californian wildfire in history was likely the result of the bankrupt utility’s equipment. Bankrupt Californian utility company, PG&E, said in its earnings statement that its equipment was the “probable” Camp Fire cause. That same statement reported the highest losses the company had ever recorded. PG&E’s statement said that investigators will likely find its equipment was the fire’s ignition point. As the Camp Fire cause, this would make PG&E’s equipment responsible for the largest wildfire in Californian history. The blaze ripped through Northern California for half of November 2018,…

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Wells Fargo is leaving the California renters insurance market due to violations

California Renters Insurance - Wells Fargo Building

The financial services giant gave up its license in the state as a part of a wider settlement. Wells Fargo is no longer licensed to sell or broker California renters insurance for at least three years. The firm has given up its license for personal insurance in the state as a part of a settlement with California. The bank agreed to the settlement over allegations of signing unknowing customers up for policies. Aside from no longer being able to sell California renters insurance and life insurance coverage, the bank also…

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Bankrupt California insurance company may face state takeover

Bankrupt California insurance company

Regulators move to take over an insurer unable to pay its wildfire claims following massive destruction. A California insurance company bankrupted by the Camp Fire and other wildfires may be taken over by the state. Regulators have made their first moves toward a takeover after wildfires raged through the state, destroying over 13,000 homes. Merced Property & Casualty Company was unable to keep up with the cost of its policyholder claims. The California insurance company was pushed into insolvency by the wildfire sparked on November 8, 2018. That same fire…

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Californians received $17.3 million in lost life insurance benefits in 2017 alone

Life insurance benefits - US Money

Residents of the state are being advised to use an official tool to check if they are owed money. In 2017, residents of California received $17.3 million from lost life insurance benefits. This is a striking reminder to Californians to find out whether they might be beneficiaries of lost policies. Everyone who received the money the benefits last year did not realize they were a life insurance beneficiary. Not knowing that you are due life insurance benefits is quite common. This means that many people are due substantial sums of…

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Will California earthquake insurance sales rise after The Great Shake Out?

California Earthquake Insurance - Damaged Home from Earthquake

Californians recently took part in an annual statewide event to boost preparedness for a quake. State officials are hoping California earthquake insurance sales will increase following a recent annual event. The Great Shake Out reminds Californians of the risk of a quake and the importance of preparedness. Despite the risk to residents of the state, only a small percentage have coverage against this peril. The Great Shake Out encourages people to check their supplies and practice safety drills in case of a quake. It also urges people to go over…

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