California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones News

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’ …

California Insurance Department Ready to Review TNC Policies

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said today his department is ready to accept insurance company filings to create new commercial coverage or endorsements to personal auto insurance policies that will provide coverage rideshare drivers. The policies Jones and the California …

California Governor Signs Bill Earthquake Insurance Information Bill

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 2064, a bill aimed at changing the way Californians learn about earthquake insurance for their homes. Under California law, insurers that sell residential property insurance also must offer earthquake coverage to their policyholders. …

UnitedHealth’s $173M Fine May Be Warning to P/C Insurers

A decision by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to fine UnitedHealth Group $173.6 million for violations having to do with the Unfair Business Practices Act, the Unfair Insurance Practice Act and unfair claims settlements may be a wakeup call for not …

California Commissioner Sued by UnitedHealth Over Fine

UnitedHealth Group has sued California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to block a $173.6 million fine the insurer incurred for violations during a botched acquisition. The lawsuit was filed last week in Orange County Superior Court, the Los Angeles Times reported. Minnesota-based …

Phantom Collisions Result In Multiple Arrests in California

Joel Paredes Saldana, 22, owner of Lightning Auto Body in Riverside County, was arrested Wednesday as California Department of Insurance detectives and multiple allied agencies swept up at least 19 co-conspirators associated with an organized insurance fraud crime ring. Those …

Ex-Insurance Broker Arrested in California for Embezzlement

John Monreal, 45, of Santa Clarita, Calif. was arrested on May 30 by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies on 11 felony counts of embezzlement and insurance code violations after he allegedly duped multiple consumers into believing they were insured …