California Insurance Commissioner: Mercury Steered ‘Good Drivers’ Toward Higher-Priced Policies

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced a legal action on Monday against Mercury Insurance for reportedly violating consumer protection laws, including selling Mercury’s highest-priced policy to “good drivers” instead of the lowest-priced policy for which good drivers qualify. Lara’s action follows a California Department of Insurance investigation that reportedly found numerous areas where Mercury’s business…

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California Assembly Bill 5- AB5

KEY TAKEAWAYS California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) extends employee classification status to some gig workers. Under AB5, companies must use a three-pronged test to prove workers are independent contractors, not employees.1 AB5 was designed to regulate companies that hire gig workers in large numbers, such as Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash. On Sept. 4, 2020, the…

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Medical Marijuana Legalization Linked To Reduced Drunk Driving And Safer Roads, Study On Auto Insurance Data Suggests

Auto insurance premiums decreased in states following the legalization of medical marijuana, according to a new study that builds on existing research signaling that cannabis reform is associated with reduced risk of dangerous driving—contrary to prohibitionist arguments. The study, published this month in the journal Health Economics, analyzed insurance data from 2014 to 2019. It…

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