Court Issues Order on Consumer Watchdog’s Motion to Compel Commissioner Ricardo Lara to Respond to Discovery Requests

By: Allison Plette Consumer Watchdog v. Ricardo Lara, Case No. 20STCP00664 (Super. Ct. Los Angeles County). On May 12, 2021, the court issued an order granting in part and denying in part Petitioner Consumer Watchdog’s motion to compel specific documents Continue reading

Heating Up: How the Department of Insurance is Facing Climate Change and Insurance Costs

By Jennifer Wilczynski On May 20, 2020, the Department of Insurance (DOI) Climate Insurance Working Group issued draft recommendations regarding state policies that are directly related to major climate change issues, including extreme heat, flood and sea levels rising, and Continue reading

California Department of Insurance Takes Steps to Protect the Rights of the LGBTQ+ Community

By Jennifer Wilczynski On June 12, 2020, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a statement disapproving the Trump Administration’s reversal of non-discrimination protections under section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Without heeding the warning and dissatisfaction from 18 state insurance Continue reading

Department of Insurance Issues Cease and Desist Order to Health Care Sharing Ministries Aliera Healthcare, Inc. and Trinity Healthshares, Inc. for Misleading Consumers and Operating Without Authorization

By Marie McDonald Hulen On March 8, 2020, the California Department of Insurance issued a Cease and Desist Order against Aliera Healthcare, Inc. and Trinity Healthshares, Inc. for violating California law by misleading California consumers regarding their products and transacting Continue reading

Senator Gonzalez Introduces Equal Insurance HIV Act

By Marie McDonald Hulen SB 961 (Gonzalez), as introduced on February 10, 2020, known as the Equal Insurance HIV Act, would repeal and add sections 799.01 and 799.02, and add sections 799.03–799.10 to the Insurance Code. The California Department of Continue reading