Foundation for Taxpayer & Consumer Rights Corporateering
  Home | Volunteer | Donate | Subscribe | FTCR Websites | Books | Site Map   
Main Page
Press Releases
In the Media
Factsheets
Reports
 
 OTHER TOPICS
 - Corporate Accountability
 - Healthcare
 - Citizen Advocacy
 - The Justice System
 - Billing Errors
 - Energy
 - About FTCR

home / insurance / in the media

Los Angeles Times
Feb 02, 2001

by Liz Pulliam Weston

COURT ASKED TO UPHOLD ZIP CODE-BASED RATES

Insurance Commissioner Harry Low has asked the California Supreme Court to uphold regulations that allow auto insurers to use ZIP Codes when determining rates. In a brief filed this week, Low opposed consumer groups that had hoped to enlist him in their drive to overturn the regulations drawn up under Low's predecessor, Chuck Quackenbush. Consumers Union and the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights say the regulations violate Proposition 103, which voters passed in 1988, by allowing insurers to base rates largely on where a driver lives rather than on a driver's safety record, experience or miles driven. On Dec. 29, a state appeals court upheld the Quackenbush regulations. The consumer groups appealed the decision to the Supreme Court and urged Low to join them. Low's brief, however, says there are no grounds for a high court review, saying the appeals court "conducted an extensive and thorough analysis . . . before reaching its independent and carefully considered decision."


back to top

©2000-2004 FTCR. All Rights Reserved. Read our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy | Contact Us