Harvey Rosenfield

As Consumer Watchdog’s founder, Harvey Rosenfield is one of the nation’s foremost consumer advocates. Trained as a public interest lawyer, Rosenfield authored Proposition 103 and organized the campaign that led to its passage by California voters in 1988 despite over $80 million spent in opposition (still a record).

He has co-authored groundbreaking initiatives on HMO reform and utility rate deregulation (Proposition 9, 1998). Rosenfield is the author of the book, Silent Violence, Silent Death: The Hidden Epidemic of Medical Malpractice.

Rosenfield, who established Consumer Watchdog in 1985, has worked for the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Congress, in private practice, as a staff attorney for Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen Congress Watch and as the Program Director for the California Public Interest Research Group (CalPIRG).

Rosenfield graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College and obtained a joint Law and Masters degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

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KGO-SF (ABC) – San Francisco, CA: Consumer Watchdog and the Insurance Commissioner’s Office Are In A Brawl Today

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3UAWhrsbtU Harvey Rosenfield discusses how a big selling point for the Insurance proposal, we were told, was a guarantee that insurance companies would sell more...

KPIX-SF (CBS) – San Francisco, CA: Insurance Overhaul

Insurance companies for the first time will be allowed to factor in the future risks of extreme weather and wildfires into the rates, that means your insurance rate is probably going up. Officials are willing to make us pay the insurance industry's ransom.

NBC Nightly News: Climate Change Driving Up Home Insurance

Harvey Rosenfield says the insurance companies are using climate change as an excuse to make changes in rules that have saved Californians hundreds of billions of dollars in the last 35 years.

KCAL-LA – Los Angeles, CA: Insurance for High Risk Areas

New insurance deal will mean that California homeowners pay hundreds or possibly thousands of dollars more every year for homeowners insurance.

Consumer Watchdog Says Lara’s Undisclosed Deal Will Allow Insurance Companies to Use Algorithms And Reinsurance Costs to Hike Home Insurance Rates, Potentially Turning California...

Sacramento, CA --- Today’s announcement by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara that he would allow insurance companies to use secret algorithms to set rates for...

Consumer Watchdog Urges Newsom Not To Call State of Emergency On Insurance And Put Himself and Other 3% of Homeowners Over the 97% Who...

Sacramento, CA -- The leaders of Consumer Watchdog today wrote Governor Newsom to dissuade him from declaring a state of emergency on insurance that...

KTVU-SF (FOX) – San Francisco, CA: California Home Insurance Crisis

Harvey Rosenfield discusses how the insurance industry wanted a bailout out from their responsibilities to pay claims and the lawmakers knew that if they passed the industry deal, rates would skyrocket it and their constituents would be angry.

KPIX-SF (CBS) – San Francisco, CA: Deadline Passes for Insurance Legislation

Consumer advocates say that the deadline passing is a good thing, saying it essentially would have been a bailout for the industry that could have led to huge rate increases.


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