Mercury Insurance Can't Dodge Suit Over Recorded Calls

Law360, Los Angeles (April 17, 2013, 7:13 PM EDT) -- A California judge on Wednesday refused to throw out a putative class action alleging Mercury Insurance Co. illegally recorded telephone calls discussing insurance claims, ruling that the insurer didn't fall under a provision to the state's Privacy Act exempting public utilities from secretly monitoring telephone calls.

In a six-page decision, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John Shepard Wiley Jr. ruled that such a liability exemption didn't apply because Mercury Insurance, as a private company that did not publicly submit “tariffs,” or schedules of its rates...
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