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Court affirms Insurance Commissioner’s Rate Regulation Authority

News: 2014 Press Release

For Release: June 13, 2014
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Court affirms Insurance Commissioner’s Rate Regulation Authority
Rules in department’s favor in Mercury v. Jones

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued the following statement regarding the Sacramento Superior Court's ruling in Mercury v. Jones received on June 13.

"The Court's ruling affirms my department's position that the rate I previously approved is fair to Mercury, is based carefully on the law, and assures that consumers do not pay the excessive rate Mercury attempted to extract.

In its ruling, the Court agreed with my position that the 20th Century case articulates the standard for deep financial hardship, and that Mercury was required to make a showing of confiscation before it could ask for rate relief on the basis of financial hardship. The court also agreed with my interpretation of the Department's institutional advertising regulation.

This is a victory for Mercury's consumers who will be able to keep the rate reductions I previously ordered."

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Media Notes:

The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $310 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.4357. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.

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