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Insurance-rate-hike foes can recoup legal fees
San Francisco Chronicle - Bob Egelko

Consumer groups that successfully challenge insurance rate increases can recoup their legal fees from the insurers, even when the companies drop their requests or agree to a compromise, a state appeals court has ruled The decision by the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles last week focused on the fine points of a 1988 voter initiative – whether its reimbursement provisions covered only formal rate hearings before the state insurance commissioner or applied to all rate proceedings.