Auto Club Insurance files for $202 million California car insurance rate increase

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Commissioner Ricardo Lara’s office has received the request to let the company hike premiums. Auto Club Insurance has filed for an overall California car insurance rate hike of 6.9 percent. This will impact 1.44 million policyholders and the total of 2.68 million vehicles they have insured through that provider. The rate increase will mean an average annual hike in premiums of $75 per vehicle ($140 per policy). There have already been several insurers that have filed in California to be able to increase their car insurance rates for new and…

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Consumer Watchdog says California Commissioner should stop Mercury’s insurance rate discrimination

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The group sent a signature-filled petition to Commissioner Lara regarding job-related premiums calculations. Consumer Watchdog has issued a letter containing a petition to California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, calling for him to reject insurer Mercury’s insurance rate discrimination practices. The group wants the commissioner to stop the proposed rate hike based on job- and education-related calculations. Mercury has proposed a $131 million hike to its total auto premiums, and Consumer Watchdog has called for Commissioner Lara to reject it as well as the insurance rate discrimination it says the insurer…

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California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara Apologizes for Accepting Industry Contributions

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Lara released a letter last week that acknowledged that his campaign had solicited those contributions. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has said he was sorry for having both solicited campaign contributions from the insurance industry and for having accepted them. Last Tuesday, he issued a letter in which he acknowledged the activity as well as his regret for having done so despite a campaign pledge he had made not to accept contributions from insurers. The letter was issued to a number of groups, including Public Advocates, United Policyholders and Health…

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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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California watchdog group calls for tougher insurance industry rules

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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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California auto insurance investigating premiums discrimination

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The state Department of Insurance launched an investigation into the factors used to calculate rates. The California auto insurance industry may soon be changing the way its rates are calculated in order to reduce discrimination against drivers from minority neighborhoods. The California Department of Insurance launched an investigation into the practices of eight auto policy providers in the state. The investigation is meant to decide whether the insurers are discriminating against people in minority neighborhoods. The California auto insurance rate investigation was launched in response to an article published on…

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Anthem health insurance policies with reduced coverage receive approval

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A judge has given the nod to allow the insurer to move forward with a plan offering no out of network care coverage. Anthem health insurance has been allowed to continue selling a California health plan that doesn’t offer out of network care coverage. A judge gave the ruling that stopped Anthem Blue Cross from being restrained from switching half a million Californians to the plan. A consumer group requested that the judge keep a restraining order in place to stop Anthem from making the switches. The restraint would have…

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