Consumer Watchdog News

California Consumer Group Wants State Farm Homeowners Rate Reduction

State Farm has overcharged its customers roughly $78 million since at least July 2015, and should be required to refund that money, Consumer Watchdog told the California Department of Insurance last week. The group wants State Farm to cut its rates …

Google Takes Partial Blame After Self-Driving Car Hit Bus

Alphabet Inc.’s Google said on Monday it bears “some responsibility” after one of its self-driving cars struck a municipal bus in a minor crash earlier this month. The crash may be the first case of one of its autonomous cars …

Self-Driving Cars Getting Hit in California

Four of the nearly 50 self-driving cars now rolling around California have gotten into accidents since September, when the state began issuing permits for companies to test them on public roads. Two accidents happened while the cars were in control; …

California Voters Reelect Jones, Soundly Reject Props. 45 and 46

Californians voted against two measures opposed by the insurance industry, and reelected incumbent Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Election results from Tuesday show the Democrat Jones won reelection with 56.3 percent of the vote. He defeated Republican challenger Ted Gaines, who had …

California Malpractice Proposition Hit by Polls, Studies, Spending

Two recent studies say a proposition on California’s November ballot to raise the pain and suffering cap for medical malpractice lawsuits will increase medical costs and malpractice premiums. The studies and heavy advertising by the opposition to Proposition 46, the Medical Malpractice …

Both Sides of California’s Health Rate Initiative Make Prop. 103 Comparison

Opponents of Proposition 45 on the upcoming California ballot like to draw a comparison with Proposition 103, the state’s primary auto insurance law. So do its backers. Prop. 45 seems to have slipped in the polls. A Field Poll in …

Consumer Watchdog in California Barks at Farmers

Consumer Watchdog has petitioned Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones a public hearing on the new program private passenger auto filings of Farmers Specialty Insurance Co. The Consumer Watchdog petition seeks to compel Farmers and its affiliates to comply with Proposition 103’s …

Malpractice Award Battle Could End Up On California Ballot

Supporters of raising California’s award limit for medical malpractice suits hope to put the issue before voters and are gathering signatures to do so. The Los Angeles Times reported lawyers and consumer groups are getting signatures for a ballot measure …

California’s Consumer Watchdog Slammed For Using ‘Brain Dead’ Teen

An advocacy group is facing sharp criticism for trying to raise money using the case of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain dead. Consumer Watchdog’s recent fundraising appeal to supporters generated condemnation from an attorney for the family …

Groups Attack Watchdog Effort to Raise Medical Malpractice Bar in California

Under a measure being pursued for next year’s ballot by Consumer Watchdog California voters will have the opportunity to boost the cap on medical negligence lawsuits, but opponents of the measure on Friday said doing so will add billions-of-dollars in …