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Automobile Insurance

February 9, 2017
Californians searching for lower auto insurance rates have more options

Cannabis Back to Top

November 2, 2017
First commercial insurer to file cannabis business insurance is approved by insurance commissioner

October 19, 2017
Insurance Commissioner holds public hearing on insurance gaps for cannabis industry

October 18, 2017
Advisory: Public hearing set to identify cannabis and insurance industry issues

May 22, 2017
Insurance Department connects stakeholders to discuss cannabis regulations and insurance issues

Climate Change Back to Top

October 30, 2017
Insurance regulators from around the world address climate risk

July 27, 2017
Jones to oil state AGs threatening lawsuit against Climate Initiative – bring it on

June 20, 2017
Commissioner Jones undeterred by oil and coal state threats of lawsuits challenging his requirement that insurers disclose climate risks

June 1, 2017
Trump’s withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement is irresponsible

January 18, 2017
Commissioner discloses insurers' carbon investments facing climate risk

Death Master Back to Top

December 20, 2017
Two major insurers agree to Death Master File settlements totaling $600,000

January 30, 2017
Another major insurer agrees to Death Master File settlement

Disasters Back to Top

December 13, 2017
Advisory: Enforcement teams canvas Lilac Fire neighborhoods to warn of scams targeting homeowners-Jones announces new anti-fraud effort

December 5, 2017
Advisory: Significant jump in insurance claims reported for October wildfires

November 20, 2017
Insurers’ incorrect statements to fire victims lead regulator to issue formal notice

November 17, 2017
Officials warn of scam artists targeting North Bay wildfire victims

October 14, 2017
Advisory: Insurance commissioner to tour Santa Rosa wildfire zone and meets with victims

October 14, 2017
Commissioner asks insurers to expedite claims handling to help wildfire victims

September 27, 2017
Southern California evacuees eligible for reimbursement for Canyon fire displacement costs

Disasters – Other Back to Top

October 20, 2017
Regulator sends notice to all licensed public adjusters

Diversity Back to Top

November 28, 2017
Insurance industry increases spending with California diverse suppliers by nearly $670 million

November 27, 2017
Advisory: Department of Insurance hosts 6th Annual Insurance Diversity Summit

April 24, 2017
Insurance Department begins training for bias awareness

Earthquake Back to Top

January 25, 2017
Homeowner registration opens for 2017 Earthquake Brace + Bolt program: more cities, more homeowners, more money

Enforcement/Investigations Back to Top

September 8, 2017
Case Update: Los Angeles agent caught embezzling over $100,000 from employer and clients

July 21, 2017
Southland agent charged in alleged scheme targeting injured workers’ benefit funds for his personal use.

May 23, 2017
Commissioner’s enforcement action against W.R. Berkley Corporation results in multi-million dollar settlement

Fraud - Auto Back to Top

December 4, 2017
Santa Clara County brothers arrested for running staged auto accident ring

November 3, 2017
Southland auto shop owner sentenced to state prison in $180,000 fraud case

October 10, 2017
Bakersfield area couple arrested on felony auto fraud charges

August 14, 2017
Nine Valley residents sentenced in $500,000 auto insurance fraud ring

July 28, 2017
Case Update: Friends’ fast and furious fraud scheme ends in felony charges

June 16, 2017
Swerving for dollars 18 charged in organized auto fraud crime ring

May 4, 2017
Case Update - Former Los Angeles broker charged in decade-long auto insurance scheme

April 14, 2017
Orange County couple arrested for driver switch fraud scheme

March 24, 2017
Mother and son team sentenced for auto insurance fraud scheme

February 7, 2017
Task force dismantles organized family auto fraud crime ring

February 2, 2017
DA and Insurance Commissioner Bust Insurance Fraud Ring in San Diego

Fraud - Other Back to Top

October 20, 2017
Former insurance agent and lawyer accomplice arrested for $1.2 million senior scam

September 12, 2017
Case Update: Former Bakersfield agent charged in decade-long embezzlement scheme

July 20, 2017
San Diego insurance agent charged in $1.1 million senior investment scam

June 14, 2017
Los Angeles dentist extracts fraudulent payments from multiple insurers

May 16, 2017
Case Update: Public adjuster arrested for ripping off Southland fire victims

May 11, 2017
Inland Empire man accused of multi-million dollar Southland Ponzi scheme

April 6, 2017
Former agents arrested for $300,000 life insurance scheme

March 16, 2017
Laguna Hills business owner sentenced to five years for equity assurance scheme

Fraud - Workers' Compensation Back to Top

November 20, 2017
Central coast father and son sentenced in $400,000 workers’ comp scheme

April 20, 2017
26 doctors, pharmacists and business owners charged in $40 million kickback scheme

March 15, 2017
Case Update - Subcontractors of True Religion Brand Jeans allegedly conspired with CPA in multi-million dollar workers’ comp insurance fraud scheme

March 15, 2017
Janitorial company owner enters guilty plea in multi-million dollar premium and tax fraud case

Fraud – Healthcare Back to Top

February 8, 2017
Sacramento chiropractor and staff busted for insurance fraud

Health Care Back to Top

December 21, 2017
California Court joins Pennsylvania Court in issuing nationwide injunction

December 15, 2017
Court ruling ensures women’s access to contraceptive care

November 13, 2017
Olympus Corporation of the Americas agrees to $1.075 million settlement

November 10, 2017
California seeks injunction to block Trump contraceptives rule

November 6, 2017
Congressional Republicans’ latest effort to deny women access to reproductive health care

October 13, 2017
Trump sabotages health care with cuts to payments reducing consumer cost sharing

October 12, 2017
Trump Executive Order will create a health insurance race to the bottom

October 11, 2017
2018 health insurance rates higher thanks to Trump and republicans

October 6, 2017
Jones promises fight to protect women’s right to access contraceptives

September 25, 2017
State insurance commissioners urge Senate and House to oppose Cassidy-Graham Bill

September 20, 2017
Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal bill another attempt to deny Americans health care access

September 7, 2017
Commissioner Jones urges Senate to fund Cost Sharing Reductions to stabilize health insurance market

August 15, 2017
Jones says CBO report confirms the need for funding ACA requirements

August 1, 2017
California works to combat Trump’s undermining of the ACA

July 25, 2017
Senate vote leaves health care in limbo for millions of Americans

July 24, 2017
Senate vote to repeal ACA will devastate American families

July 19, 2017
Jones says CBO report confirms dire consequences from Republican repeal effort

June 29, 2017
First-in-nation regulations anchors brief on medically necessary care for transgender vets

June 22, 2017
Commissioner Jones issues statement following Senate Republicans’ health care proposal

May 24, 2017
CBO analysis: Trumpcare leaves 23 million without coverage

May 4, 2017
House Republican repeal of ACA is bad medicine for 24 million Americans

April 28, 2017
Commissioner Jones authorizes health insurers to file two sets of rates: “Trump Rates” and “ACA Rates”

April 19, 2017
Commissioner Jones urges Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McCarthy to assure stability in health care market

April 13, 2017
Insurance Commissioner condemns Trump Administration actions destabilizing health insurance markets

March 24, 2017
Commissioner Jones Statement on Failure of House GOP to Repeal Obamacare

March 23, 2017
House GOP bill amendments guts essential health benefits

March 22, 2017
Jones calls House GOP amendments cruel

March 21, 2017
U.S. Court of Appeals brief cites Commissioner Jones’ findings that Anthem Cigna merger anti-competitive

March 13, 2017
CBO analysis: Trumpcare leaves 24 million without coverage

March 6, 2017
Commissioner Jones issues statement on House Republican ACA repeal proposal

March 1, 2017
American Medical Association presents Commissioner Jones with award for outstanding government service

February 13, 2017
Appeals court affirms Commissioner’s authority to protect health consumers

February 8, 2017
Federal court blocks Anthem-Cigna health insurer merger citing anti-trust

January 23, 2017
Consumers win as federal court decision enjoins Aetna Humana merger

January 13, 2017
Commissioner Jones urges Congress not to repeal ACA because 20 Million Americans will lose health insurance

Healthcare Back to Top

July 18, 2017
California Insurance Commissioner responds to Senate failure to move ACA repeal bill

July 13, 2017
Commissioner Jones responds to Senate Republican ACA repeal bill

April 28, 2017
U.S. Court of Appeals upholds ruling to block Anthem-Cigna merger

January 21, 2017
Commissioner Jones issues statement on Trump Affordable Care Act Executive Order

Homeowners Insurance Back to Top

September 6, 2017
Department updates homeowners’ premium comparison tool to save consumers money

August 10, 2017
State Supreme Court affirms homeowner reimbursement protections supported by Jones

June 1, 2017
Court rejects FAIR Plan’s policy of reduced insurance payments for homeowners in lower income neighborhoods

May 11, 2017
State Farm issues $13.3 million in refunds to overcharged Californians

May 10, 2017
Commissioner approves new online insurance products from Lemonade for California market

May 9, 2017
Commissioner approves reduced rates saving State Farm consumers

Homesharing Back to Top

May 8, 2017
California welcomes insurtech startup Slice to the insurance market

Investigations - Agents/Companies Back to Top

December 6, 2017
Wells Fargo facing insurance license suspension or revocation

August 8, 2017
Commissioner Jones orders investigation of allegations Wells Fargo and National General Insurance unlawfully signed up consumers for auto insurance

Legal Back to Top

November 15, 2017
Two California companies ordered to stop selling insurance policies

October 20, 2017
After California Supreme Court denies review, Mercury files in U.S. Supreme Court

September 5, 2017
Whistleblower lawsuit results in $1.1 million settlement with Novo Nordisk Inc.

August 2, 2017
Regulator takes legal action against Access Insurance to protect consumers

June 8, 2017
Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary’s bait and switch marketing tactics halted by regulator agreement

May 12, 2017
Game-Set-Match - Mercury loses argument to charge consumers for tennis sponsorship

January 26, 2017
Judge denies another State Farm attempt to avoid reducing rates

January 23, 2017
Insurance Commissioner Jones wins major battle against insurance industry as Supreme Court affirms his regulatory authority

January 15, 2017
Department issues Notice of Noncompliance after State Farm refuses to comply with Commissioner’s order

Legislation Back to Top

September 15, 2017
Governor Brown signs department-sponsored bill giving seniors more protection when surrendering annuities

January 31, 2017
Stakeholders weigh in on California’s bail system at public hearing

Miscellaneous Back to Top

December 18, 2017
GOP tax bill victimizes California wildfire and other disaster survivors

December 15, 2017
Advisory: Insurance commissioner tours Ventura County wildfire zones and meets with survivors at LAC

December 14, 2017
FAIR plan ordered to cease and desist fire insurance moratorium

November 13, 2017
California finds $11 million for life insurance beneficiaries

November 3, 2017
Department now offering Spanish language exams for insurance agent licenses

October 5, 2017
Department announces executive leadership changes

September 5, 2017
Trump’s decision to deport Dreamers is cruel and heartless and ignores their contributions to California

July 19, 2017
New teen drivers three times as likely to be involved in a deadly crash

July 17, 2017
Commissioner Jones requests investigation following Air Canada near miss flight

June 1, 2017
New Teen Drivers Three Times As Likely to Be Involved in a Deadly Crash

May 25, 2017
Trump proposes deep cuts to safety net services, including health care

May 16, 2017
New general counsel appointed by Insurance Commissioner Jones

April 4, 2017
New online tool bridges the language gap for insurance consumers

February 23, 2017
Commissioner Jones issues statement of support for CalEITC program

February 13, 2017
Commissioner Jones wins major court case against Mercury challenging rate reduction

January 30, 2017
Commissioner Jones issues statement on President Trump’s regulatory Executive Order

January 6, 2017
Investigation of major Anthem cyber breach reveals foreign nation behind breach

Seniors Back to Top

November 8, 2017
Coalition launches new screening tools to protect senior veterans from financial abuse

August 22, 2017
Veterans protection coalition awarded for elder abuse prevention efforts

April 6, 2017
Californians urged to plan for retirement and carefully consider annuities

Wildfires Back to Top

December 21, 2017
Insurance regulator steps in to help hundreds of wildfire survivors with claims

December 14, 2017
Lilac fire survivors warned of scams artists and unlicensed contractors

December 11, 2017
Illegal auto policy moratoriums in southland wildfire areas leads regulator to take action

December 11, 2017
Illegal auto policy moratoriums in southland wildfire areas lead regulator to take action

December 8, 2017
Southern California wildfire victims could tap insurance for evacuation cost reimbursement

December 8, 2017
Advisory: Commissioner Jones hosts Insurance Claims Workshop for consumers impacted by the wildfires

December 6, 2017
October wildfire claims top $9.4 billion statewide

October 31, 2017
Insured losses from October wildfires top $3 billion statewide

October 30, 2017
Advisory: Regulator releases updated statewide insured loss data for October fires

October 19, 2017
First available preliminary data release on deadly wildfires

October 17, 2017
Advisory: Insurance commissioner meeting with wildfire victims in Napa and Sonoma

October 10, 2017
Anaheim wildfire victims may have insurance for evacuation cost reimbursement

October 9, 2017
Southland wildfire victims may have coverage for evacuation cost reimbursement

October 9, 2017
Wildfire victims could tap insurance for evacuation cost reimbursement

September 5, 2017
Helena fire evacuees possibly eligible for evacuation cost reimbursement

July 12, 2017
Wall fire residents may be eligible for reimbursement for evacuation costs

Workers' Compensation Back to Top

October 26, 2017
Workers’ compensation insurers advised to reduce rates to reflect decreasing costs

June 1, 2017
Bay area business owner arrested in $32 million workers’ comp fraud scheme

May 22, 2017
Commissioner Jones advises workers’ compensation insurers reduce rates by 16.5 percent

April 3, 2017
CastlePoint National ordered into liquidation to protect policyholders

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