Consumer Watchdog News

California Consumer and Insurer Groups Square Off Over Homeowner Insurance Bill

A consumer group is warning that homeowners could pay billions more for their home insurance under what it calls an “insurance industry legislative attack on California’s effective rate regulation.” Assembly Bill 2167 would allow homeowners insurance companies to hike rates …

Watchdog Asks California Attorney General to Investigate Insurance Commissioner

Consumer Watchdog has written California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the District Attorneys of Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles counties, calling for an investigation of money laundering and bribery relating to the fundraising scandal engulfing California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo …

Consumer Group Wants AG to Probe California Insurance Regulator Over 2nd Home

Consumer Watchdog is calling on California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the district attorneys for Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Francisco counties to launch an investigation over the potential theft of public funds. The call follows a report in Politico …

California Commissioner Sorry for Accepting Insurance Industry Contributions

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has offered an apology for accepting campaign contributions from the insurance industry. Lara in a letter that was reportedly sent on Tuesday acknowledged that his campaign solicited contributions from the insurance industry, despite a campaign pledge …

California Insurance Commissioner Rejects Petition to Require Fossil Fuel Underwriting Disclosure

California’s new insurance commissioner wasn’t getting along so well on Earth Day with groups of climate change and consumer activists. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, who put battling climate change on top of a liberal and consumer friendly platform on …

Consumer Groups Accuse Tesla of Deceptive Marketing of Autopilot

A pair of consumer advocacy groups want the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate Tesla Inc., charging that the company’s advertising and other promotional claims about the safety and capability of its Autopilot driver-assistance technologies are deceptive. “Two Americans are …

California Lawmakers May Limit Liability of Autonomous Carmakers

California regulators are embracing a General Motors recommendation that would help makers of self-driving cars avoid paying for accidents and other trouble, raising concerns that the proposal will put an unfair burden on vehicle owners. If adopted, the regulations drafted …

Does Consumer Watchdog Founder Want Asimov-like Rules for Robot Cars?

A virtual grin arose on the face of Harvey Rosenfield with the mention of Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics. The mention was made during a phone call, but the overwhelming satisfaction of a smile was easily detectible in his …

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 …

California Commissioner Asks Consumer Watchdog to Retract News Release

California Commissioner Dave Jones on Wednesday asked Consumer Watchdog to retract a news release about State Farm that he said “includes inaccurate statements and is misleading.” The Consumer Watchdog news release issued on Tuesday was picked up by media outlets, …