National General Insurance/Wells Fargo: California Consumer Group Files Petition to Reject Auto Insurance Rate, Investigate Fraud and Collusion

The Consumer Federation of California (CFC) filed a petition today with the California Department of Insurance (CDI) opposing an application by National General Insurance for a 6.9% increase in premiums for certain vehicle policies. Acting under Proposition 103, the CFC asked CDI to investigate National General’s automobile … Read More ›

The nursing home industry’s war to deny patients their day in court

by F. Paul Bland, Jr., The Legal Examiner

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Arbitration is nothing like going to court. Arbitration takes place outside of a courtroom, without a judge, without a jury, and with limited opportunity to seek or present evidence. What’s more, the proceedings are entirely confidential and are often presided over by arbitrators paid for by the defendant. Read More ›

States consider limited internet service providers’ access to user data

by Todd Shields, Chicago Tribune

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Soon after President Donald Trump took office with a pledge to cut regulations, Republicans in Congress killed an Obama-era rule restricting how broadband companies may use customer data such as web browsing histories. Read More ›

CFC supports AB 713

AB 713 (Chu) ensures that residents of a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) have the ability to prompt a fair and adequate review of an involuntary transfer of care. Under current law, vital factors such as the resident’s mental or physical health do not have to be considered, rending the right to dispute virtually meaningless. Read More ›

CFC supports AB 814, which empowers city attorneys to go after corporate wrongdoing

CFC supports AB 814 (Bloom), which gives city attorneys the power to efficiently investigate and enforce laws that protect us against corporate wrongdoing. The Wells Fargo fraudulent account scandal was initially investigated by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. The investigations were impeded by the inability to … Read More ›

CFC supports equal protection for private student loan holders (SB 16)

If a borrower defaults on a private student loan, a creditor can garnish up to 25% of that borrower’s income. If a borrower defaults on a federal student loan, the maximum garnishment is 15%. SB 16 (Wieckowski) will ensure that the maximum garnishment is the same for … Read More ›

CFC supports greater transparency for prescription drug pricing (SB 17)

SB 17 (Hernandez) will promote transparency by requiring pharmaceutical companies to give prior notice to purchasers before raising prices, and to provide the state with an explanation for a drug’s price increase. Read More ›

CFC supports good government and privacy protection (SB 244)

CFC supports SB 244 (Lara), which prohibits state and local agencies from collecting and recording personal information, or disclosing any record containing personal information, for any purpose other than administering public services or programs. 6/19/17 letter to Assembly Judiciary Our 5/22/17 letter to Senate Appropriations Our 4/11/17 … Read More ›

CFC supports SB 66, which closes tax loophole for corporate misbehavior

SB 66 (Wieckowski) will close a tax loophole that allows corporations to write off punitive damages paid out when they violate the law. Courts inflict punitive damages when violations are especially egregious, and California should end this corporate welfare that alleviates consequences for bad behavior. 6/20/17 letter … Read More ›

CFC supports SB 63 to expand parental leave coverage to more workers

CFC supports SB 63 (Jackson) the New Parental Leave Act, a bill that will extend eligibility for job-protected parental leave to employees of companies with 20 or more workers. Existing job protections are only available to workers under the federal Family Medical Leave Act, which applies to … Read More ›

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