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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KNX-AM (Radio) – Los Angeles, CA: Insurers Are Trying to Quietly Quit California

By Staff Reporters, KNX – Los Angeles, CA Click below to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment.

LA Times Opinion: How home insurers are trying to bully California politicians into a disastrous bailout

By Harvey Rosenfield, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2023-09-05/home-property-insurance-bailout-legislature-gavin-newsom-wildfires-california Insurance companies collected more than $150 billion in premiums from California homeowners over the last 25 years...

Consumer Watchdog Urges Attorney General Bonta to Investigate Industry Collusion on Homeowner Insurance Shortages

Consumer Watchdog Urges Attorney General Bonta to Investigate Industry Collusion on Homeowner Insurance Shortages  "Insurers collected more than $150 billion in premiums from California homeowners...

ABC7 – Los Angeles, CA: How Can Insurance in California be Reformed?

"What's happening up in Sacramento in the waning weeks of the legislative session is a time-tested tactic by big special interests and their allies in Sacramento to get something done that will really hurt consumers," says Consumer Watchdog's Harvey Rosenfield.

KTVU-SF (FOX) – San Francisco, CA: California Insurers Want Deregulation

Harvey Rosenfield says insurers are deliberately creating an insurance shortage and panic to gain leverage over the legislature to allow insurers to use self-created computer rate pricing models automatically.

Insurance Companies Seek Massive Bailout & Deregulation Scheme In Sacramento

Sacramento, CA -- Insurance companies are seeking a multi-billion dollar bailout of the insurance industry for its exposure to wildfire losses, pushing for a last-minute deal at the...

KNBC-LA (NBC) – Los Angeles, CA: Car Insurance Rates Soaring

Harvey Rosenfield discusses how insurance companies have a profit motive constantly to raise rates, to limit the amount of claims they pay, and to seek higher rates before the insurance commissioner.

KFMB-SD (CBS) – San Diego, CA: Bracing for the Burn

Harvey Rosenfield says upcoming fire mitigation discounts are a good thing but there is a loophole that allows an insurance company to not renew your insurance policy if they don't want to give you a discount.


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