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BUSINESS
November 3, 1994 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Insurance Department on Wednesday gave 20th Century Insurance Co. a Nov. 14 deadline to pay--in either a lump sum or the first of installments--the $120-million rebate it owes policyholders under Proposition 103, the 1988 rate-rollback initiative.
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BUSINESS
June 11, 1994 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Standard & Poor's on Friday again lowered its rating of the claims-paying ability of 20th Century Industries' two insurance units, citing their earthquake-depleted surplus. Another major rating firm, A.M. Best, said it plans to take similar action Monday. A downgrade can hurt a company's sales or its ability to raise money from investors or lenders, but analysts were doubtful whether Friday's action will have much impact on 20th Century.
BUSINESS
August 16, 1994 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unusual proposal to bolster the capital of earthquake-ravaged 20th Century Industries' two insurance units, the state Insurance Department, 20th Century and two consumer advocacy groups have together endorsed a temporary 6% increase in the companies' auto insurance rates, effective Sept. 10.
BUSINESS
March 18, 1994 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
20th Century Industries Inc., parent of 20th Century Insurance Co., on Thursday doubled its estimate of claims costs from the Northridge earthquake to $325 million, saying the damage was more severe and widespread than earlier believed. The Woodland Hills-based insurer has its greatest market share in the San Fernando Valley, where the destruction was heaviest, and thus may have been proportionately harder hit by the Jan. 17 quake than any other carrier.
BUSINESS
September 28, 1994 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
American International Group Inc., the nation's largest commercial insurer, unveiled a $216-million rescue package Tuesday for 20th Century Industries that would simultaneously bolster 20th Century's earthquake-depleted capital and give AIG a platform for expanding into the auto insurance business nationally. The deal means that Woodland Hills-based 20th Century's survival is no longer in question, analysts said, but its independence is a thing of the past.
BUSINESS
December 1, 1992 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Insurance industry lawyers on Monday accused Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi of exceeding his authority under Proposition 103 by trying to use the rate-rollback initiative to limit insurers to profit levels below those allowed low-risk public utilities. A lawyer for Garamendi countered that his rules for implementing the measure approved by voters four years ago would let the industry as a whole achieve the same 10% return on equity that it earned throughout the 1980s.
NEWS
February 27, 1993 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a stunning setback for Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, a Superior Court judge on Friday rejected his regulations for implementing Proposition 103, the sweeping insurance rate rollback initiative, ruling that they are unconstitutional. The decision, in a challenge by 20th Century Insurance Co. of Woodland Hills, means that the bulk of the rebates that consumers voted themselves in the 1988 initiative will be further delayed and may be far smaller than expected.
BUSINESS
September 12, 1995 | BARRY STAVRO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not that he needs reminders of the Northridge earthquake, but every morning William Mellick, chief executive at 20th Century Industries, gets one as he walks into his Woodland Hills office. Quake repairs are still going on at the headquarters building; plywood covers windows, wires are run out of some windows and up to the roof, and yellow caution tape closes off walkways. But a green-colored building inspection tag on the front door reads, "No Apparent Structural Hazard."
NEWS
June 10, 1994 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move certain to shake up the Southern California insurance market, earthquake-battered 20th Century Insurance Co. said Thursday that it will stop selling earthquake policies immediately and phase out all homeowner coverage over the next two years. The big insurer's exit increases fears that consumers--especially in the Los Angeles Basin--will have trouble finding earthquake insurance.
BUSINESS
May 2, 1990 | R. DANIEL FOSTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An underground needle keeps popping corporate balloons at 20th Century Insurance Co. despite the company's best efforts to blunt it. For three years, workers have stashed copies of an underground newspaper, dubbed 20th Century RagTime, in elevators, on desks and even in lunchroom refrigerators at California's sixth-largest insurer. The two-page paper is packed with mock interviews, spoofs and jibes at what the editors consider stodgy management policies.
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