June 9, 2010

Some of the nation's insurance consumer advocates are wary of current
proposals for federal regulation of insurance being passed around in
Washington. They prefer taking their chances with an imperfect state
regulatory system over what they fear would likely emerge from Congress
under any federal regulatory plan.

Birny Birnbaum, executive director for the Center...

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June 9, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento -- A state legislative committee overseeing
the insurance industry has hired a former lawyer for State Farm as a top
advisor, alarming consumer activists who say the move is the latest
spin of a busy revolving door between government and the industry.

The appointment was made this week by state Sen. Ron Calderon
(D-Montebello), who...

June 9, 2010

Keith Brannon has been living a minimalist's life since Hurricane
Katrina.

Like many New Orleanians, Brannon dragged the entire contents of his
house to the curb when his Broadmoor-Fontainebleau area home flooded and
moldered in the storm. He has replaced only the bare essentials.

"We don't have that much furniture because we're still finishing up the
...

June 9, 2010

Groups Want Reversal on Ruling That Companies Can Continue Illegal
Practices Until Someone Gets Hurt

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an
extraordinary request made late yesterday, eight public interest
organizations asked the California Supreme Court to scrap its recent
decision barring consumers from going to court to block unlawful...

April 2, 2010

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - If you own a home along the Gulf Coast, you learn
to dread hurricane season. You worry about damage to your home and the
damage to your wallet caused by ever increasing insurance rates.

The problem is getting so bad, some folks are organizing to get something done. The big question is...can anything be done?

Charles Hall was born in his home in...

April 2, 2010

Insurers are increasingly offering insurance discounts if you already own an environmentally friendly home or car as well as additions to standard policies that cover the costs of going green when renovating after a loss.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, as of last December, 22 companies offered 39 products and services specifically aimed at new green buildings or green...

October 1, 2005

There is a saying among consumer advocates regarding homeowner's insurance: “Use it and lose it.”

It is not a phrase that insurance companies are particularly fond of. But it sums up how all too many people feel about their homeowner's insurance: if you decide to make a claim, you are in danger of being dropped.

Take the case of Colin and...

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June 12, 2003

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Our homes are more than valuable assets. They're safe havens, and protecting them with insurance is a must. How well you do that depends on the details of your policy. Here's what to look for:

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October 29, 1993

In the Oakland firestorm of October, 1991, the insurance industry's reputation was blackened along with the hillsides.

The industry--excoriated for insensitivity and foot-dragging in its claims handling in Oakland--is determined not to repeat its mistakes this time around. Consumer activists and regulators are watching closely with the same idea in mind.

"We want to make it clear...

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