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This story was co-published with Consumer Reports. The California Department of Insurance has launched an investigation into whether eight auto insurers in the state discriminate against drivers in minority neighborhoods. The investigation was prompted by an April 5 article , co-published by ProPublica and Consumer Reports, which found that the eight California insurers were charging more for auto premiums in minority neighborhoods, on average, than in non-minority areas with similar accident costs. California law prohibits insurers from charging rates that are excessive or unfairly discriminatory. "We have taken these pricing allegations very seriously," Deputy Commissioner Ken Allen wro... Full story

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