AUTO INSURANCE: Hey, Where's My Refund?

Hey, Where's My Refund?

California motorists have been looking forward to auto-insurance refunds since November, when voters passed an initiative calling for a 20% cut in premiums for property and casualty coverage. But their anticipation turned to anger last week, when State Insurance Commissioner Roxani Gillespie declared that most Californians are "not going to get lower auto-insurance rates" as a result of the initiative.

The hitch is a May decision by the state supreme court, which upheld the initiative but ruled that insurance companies are entitled to "a fair and reasonable" profit. Most of the state's insurance firms maintained that they should be exempted on...

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