California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones News

California’s Enforcement against W.R. Berkley Ends in $12M Settlement

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today announced that the enforcement action taken against W.R. Berkley Corp. entities and operating units has resulted in a $12 million settlement. Admiral Insurance Co., Admiral Risk Insurance Services Inc. nka BXM Insurance Services Inc., …

California Commissioner Lowers Workers’ Comp Pure Premium

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued a revised advisory pure premium rate, lowering the benchmark to $2.02 per $100 of payroll for workers’ compensation insurance effective July 1. This is 16.5 percent less than the average pure premium rate of …

California Court Denies Review of Insurer Challenge to Commissioner’s Advertising Decision

The California Supreme Court this week rejected a petition for review by Mercury Insurance and a coalition of insurance industry groups in a case that pitted them against California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. The California Department of Insurance hailed the …

State Farm Issues $13.3M in Refunds to California Policyholders

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that State Farm has issued refunds totaling $13.3 million for overcharged premiums to 241,356 California consumers in compliance with his rate reduction order after the carrier lost two court battles. The refunds are from …

California OKs Lower Rates for State Farm’s Boat, Home Inland Marine Policies

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has approved rate reductions for two State Farm inland marine policies that he said will bring millions of dollars in premium savings for tens of thousands of boat owners and homeowners with jewelry and higher …

Southern California Couple that Charged Police with Racism Arrested For Fraud

A Southern California couple that had filed an official complaint accusing police officers of racism, has been arrested for insurance fraud and filing a false police report. Lamont Goodwin, 33, and Sylvia Camarillo, 31, were arrested last week by California …

Watchdog Group Wants California to Look into Claims in ProPublica Report

Consumer Watchdog, a California-based advocacy group, is asking the state’s insurance commissioner to open an investigation into the alleged redlining uncovered by a ProPublica report that claims that four auto insurance companies in California mark up prices by as much as …

Online Tool Locates California Agents, Brokers Who Speak A Foreign Language

The California Department of Insurance has launched an online language locator tool to enable consumers to find insurance agents and brokers in their area who speak their language. The tool gives access to information on more than 11,000 agents and …

CastlePoint National in California Ordered into Liquidation

CastlePoint National Insurance Co., the California insurance company affiliate of the defunct Tower Group, has been ordered into formal liquidation, paving the way for protection of CastlePoint’s policyholders through the national system of insurance guaranty associations, California Insurance Commissioner Dave …

California Court Says Commissioner Can Prohibit Pass Thru of Advertising Costs

A California Court of Appeal had decided in favor of California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones in a case against Mercury Insurance Co. and a coalition of insurance industry groups, which sued Jones to challenge his authority regarding “institutional” or “brand” …