California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones News

California Commissioner Tells Insurers to Cease Price Optimization

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Wednesday issued a notice to property/casualty insurers doing business in California advising them that so-called “price optimization” in rate making is unfairly discriminatory and violates the law. Price optimization is the practice of setting …

California Agents Asked to Inform Customers on Auto Financial Responsibility

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and state Sen. Ricardo Lara on Thursday urged Californians to make sure they are meeting their obligation to carry minimum liability insurance coverage on their vehicles and announced resources to help educate motorists and make …

Heading a National Ridesharing Outline a Political Gain for Jones?

A committee of regulators led by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is working on standards on ridesharing that departments of insurance in states across the U.S. can look to as an example. Whether the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Sharing …

Organized Family Insurance Ring Busted in Southern California

Detectives from the California Department of Insurance’s insurance fraud enforcement division arrested 15 Los Angeles area residents Thursday morning for allegedly staging auto collisions and filing more than $500,000 in fraudulent claims. Four suspects are still being sought, and an …

Super Bowl Spells 77% Rise in Alcohol-Related Vehicle Crashes in California

Super Bowl Sunday is among the most dangerous days to venture onto California roads as gatherings for the game at parties or restaurants prompt drivers to consume alcohol. More drinking-related crashes happen in California on the day of the National …

Metromile Insurance Option for Uber Drivers Approved by California Commissioner

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has approved a filing that will enable Uber drivers purchasing coverage through Metromile to add a new coverage endorsement to their personal auto policy. That endorsement will provide insurance coverage during the pre-match period when …

California Court Rejects Insurance Challenge to Prop. 103

The Sacramento Superior Court issued a decision rejecting an insurance industry challenge on the California insurance commissioner’s regulations under Proposition 103 that limit the amount of advertising costs insurers may pass on to consumers through insurance premiums. California Insurance Commissioner …

Former Southern California Agent Sentenced in $100K Fraud Case

Isidro Santillan, 54, has been sentenced to three years in state prison and agreed to pay more than $133,000 in restitution to multiple victims. For more than two years Santillan reportedly embezzled more than $100,000 from clients, pocketed premium money …

Mercury in California Ordered to Pay $27.5M for Unapproved Broker Fees

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones ordered Mercury Insurance to pay a fine of $27.5 million because Mercury auto insurance consumers were allegedly charged unapproved broker fees. Mercury did not obtain Jones’ approval for the fees and so consumers paid more …

California Commissioner Wants Lower Workers’ Comp Rate Than Board

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Friday adopted an advisory average pure premium rate of $2.74 per $100 of employer payroll for workers’ compensation rates effective Jan. 1, 2015. The adopted amount is lower than that proposed by the Workers’ …