Backer of Auto-Insurance Measure Has Ugly Record

Mercury Insurance Company, the sponsor of a June ballot measure that would allow auto insurers to charge higher rates to low-income drivers, appears to have engaged in numerous illegal and discriminatory practices over the years, according to a report by the state Department of Insurance obtained by the Chron. It’s not clear whether Mercury will face any penalties from its actions, but consumer advocate Harvey Rosenfield told the newspaper that if voters approve Proposition 17, it will allow the insurance company to “legalize the kind of discriminatory surcharges that they were caught doing by investigators.”

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