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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Kanye West insurance lawsuit worth $10 million following tour cancellation

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The performer filed the suit against a number of Lloyd’s of London syndicates, alleging lack of payment. The Kanye West insurance lawsuit has hit the news headlines as the celebrity claims his insurers aren’t paying his due amount following the cancellation of his performance tour. The entertainer suddenly halted a number of performance dates on his Saint Pablo Tour. Officially, the Kanye West insurance claims were filed through the performer’s Very Good Touring, Inc. company. He now alleges that the insurance companies have failed to pay out on the claims…

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Wells Fargo insurance scheme brings lawsuit from customers

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Borrowers forcibly made to purchase auto coverage they didn’t need are suing the bank for scamming them. Wells Fargo & Co has been accused of running an insurance scheme, as was reported yesterday by Live Insurance News, and now affected customers are filing a lawsuit against the bank. Customers allege the bank forced them to pay for auto insurance they didn’t need and that caused financial hardship. In yesterday’s article, it was pointed out that the insurance scheme caused many customers to face expenses they couldn’t afford. This led several…

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Berkshire-owned workers compensation insurance scam case reaches settlement

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Applied Underwriters, a Berkshire Hathaway owned firm, was ordered to cease bait-and-switch marketing. Applied Underwriters, an insurer owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, has agreed to a workers compensation insurance case settlement. The agreement involves providing Californian consumers with full disclosure about the product. The insurance company’s goal is to start selling plans again following a state review of alleged abuses. A major component of the settlement requires Applied Underwriters “to stop the bait-and-switch marketing tactics.” Many employers registered complaints from having been sold workers compensation insurance through bait-and-switch tactics.…

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Tracy Morgan insurance dispute with Walmart won’t see him deposed

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The celebrity of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock fame refused to testify under oath in this case. The current Tracy Morgan insurance case against Walmart has changed its tone as the celebrity refused to testify in a deposition. Walmart’s insurance company, Ohio Casualty, demanded that Morgan participate in a 7-hour deposition. The purpose of the deposition, said the insurance company, is to show that Morgan has exaggerated his injuries in order to obtain the claimed payout. The payout is reported to be around $90 million. That said, Benedict Morelli,…

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$300k renters insurance settlement proves you shouldn’t blowtorch a squirrel

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A woman tried to clean the fur off a dead squirrel with a propane torch and burned down the building. A recent renters insurance settlement case serves as an important caution to anyone who would be inclined to use a blowtorch on a squirrel. A Michigan woman learned this the hard way after she and her boyfriend burned down her apartment complex. The couple had been at the woman’s home when they decided to try to remove a dead squirrel’s fur. The woman’s boyfriend was using the blowtorch to take…

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Insurance company merger between Aetna and Humana will not go forward

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A federal judge has now ruled in favor of prohibiting the two health insurers from merging. The Justice Department’s decision to stop the insurance company merger between Aetna and Humana has been upheld by a federal judge. These two health insurance giants were appealing the decision with U.S. District Judge John. D. Bates. The original decision to block the merger between the health insurance companies occurred in July 2015. That said, Judge Bates concluded in a 158-page opinion that “The Court is unpersuaded that the efficiencies generated by the merger…

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