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California’s insurance commissioner, John Garamendi, has filed suit against a broker and four major insurers, accusing them of participating in secret commission and kickback schemes that netted millions of dollars. Garamendi is seeking to end the unethical practices that he believes have harmed consumers.

“Employers and consumers put their trust in brokers to help them find the best insurance at the best price,” said Garamendi, “but that trust has been broken. This lawsuit is one of many steps I will take to ensure that insurance consumers don’t suffer because of back-room kick-back deals.”

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