December 30, 2000 |
A state appeal court Friday upheld the right of insurers to use ZIP Codes to set auto insurance rates in California--dealing a setback to consumer advocates' hopes of lowering rates for urban motorists. In issuing its decision, the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco reversed a controversial 1998 trial court ruling regarding Proposition 103.
July 29, 1999 |
Consumers in California can expect to pay a little more for milk beginning next week when the state raises the wholesale price of milk by 4 cents a gallon. Although the state does not regulate retail prices, a jump in the price paid to farmers typically translates to a similar or slightly larger increase in supermarket dairy prices, state officials say. Californians had gotten a break in April, when wholesale prices plunged 50 cents a gallon to an average of $1.
November 8, 1998 |
A key tool for California travel consumers has entered its second life, but thousands of travelers still don't know it lives at all. First enacted in 1996, the California Seller of Travel Law was created to scare off fly-by-night travel businesses and give Californians a chance to recover money when properly registered travel agents or tour operators fail to deliver a service that has been paid for.
November 19, 1997 |
The wave of personal bankruptcy filings by Californians showed no signs of slowing in October, according to CDB Infotek, a public records information service. A total of 18,420 filings, close to the all-time record, was recorded at the thirteen bankruptcy courts in California in October. That is up 9.1% from the 16,891 for September and up 7.1% from the 17,206 for October of last year, according to the Santa Ana company. .
November 8, 1996 |
Three California companies have settled charges that they lacked evidence for claims that a popular dietary supplement would help consumers lose weight, the Federal Trade Commission announced today. The three companies agreed to stop saying that the supplement, chromium picolinate, leads to weight loss, increased energy and prevention of diabetes. The companies include San Diego-based Nutrition 21, the sole U.S manufacturer of the product, and two retail distributors.
October 29, 1996 |
In the first coordinated legal action over car leases, California and 13 other states on Monday accused Mazda Motor Corp. of America Inc. of using false and deceptive ads to lure consumers into expensive car lease agreements. The lawsuits, filed individually under each state's own laws, mark the opening courthouse salvo in an ongoing investigation by numerous states into the auto-leasing business. "Auto leases are causing consumers many, many problems and consternation," said Deputy Atty. Gen.