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National Grange Mutual Rated Highest on Ease of Doing Business
The flagship company of The Main Street America Group, National Grange Mutual, has received the highest rating of 85 property/casualty insurance carriers studied in a...
Von Haden Comments on Auto "Black Boxes"
PIA of Wisconsin Executive Vice President Ron Von Haden commented on the use of so-called automobile "black boxes" in an article in the West Bend...
Hard Market to Persist Through 2004, Says Ernst & Young
Disciplined underwriting and pricing in property and casualty commercial insurance should continue through 2004, but the temptation to cut prices and relax standards may be...
PIA Objects to NAIC Risk Retention Act Proposals
The NAIC is considering supporting the expansion of the Federal Liability Risk Retention Act, to allow for risk retention groups to write commercial property insurance...
Supreme Court Upholds Campaign Finance Law
On Wednesday December 10, the United States Supreme Court upheld the ban on "soft money" contributions to national political parties. In a 5-4 ruling, the...
Vermont Official Says Dean Did Not Turn State Into a "Captive Haven"
An article in the December 16, 2003 Boston Globe saying presidential candidate Howard Dean turned Vermont into a corporate tax haven for captive insurers is...
PIA National and Zurich North America Small Business Announce 2nd Annual National CSR of the Year Award
WASHINGTON, December 12, 2003 - For the second year in a row, the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA National) is joining with Zurich...
Conflicts Increasing in State and Federal Regulation
Recently, I received three questions from PIA members (see the sidebar at the bottom of this page for responses to the questions): "The states...
House to Consider the "CAN SPAM" Act Today, Approval Likely
The House of Representatives is expected to consider legislation that would makes it unlawful to send unsolicited commercial e-mails, commonly referred to as "spam." On...
President Bush Signs Fair Credit Reporting Act
President Bush signed the renewal of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) on December 4, 2003. The legislation (H.R. 2622, H.R. 1753) renews the current...