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Did Mercury Insurance Scam its California Customers?

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As the insurance behemoth bankrolls Prop 17 on the June ballot, the company is finding their way into the news by another another route. "An examination done by the Department of Insurance appears to show that Mercury Insurance has disregarded California's consumer protection statutes and overcharged consumers," Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner said yesterday. "In addition, the Department's examination finds that Mercury Insurance has apparently continued to violate the law despite agreements with the state to terminate its illegal behavior."

Various allegation are being thrown at the company, including barring bartenders, liqour store owners, painters, cocktail waitresses, waiters and artists. The company also still hasn't corrected violations made in 1998 and 2002, according to Poizner. Ouch.