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Mississippi AG's Comment Comparing Insurance Companies to Nazis Draws Rebuke

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood's recent comments comparing insurance companies to Nazis has drawn a stern rebuke from the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies...
April 20, 2006

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood's recent comments comparing insurance companies to Nazis has drawn a stern rebuke from the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC). Hood has sharply criticized insurers' denial of Hurricane Katrina claims in Mississippi, saying companies are "in lockstep like Nazis locking arms, coming at those people down there on the coast." He has a lawsuit pending in state court over questions about what the insurance companies are obligated to pay. According to Insurance Journal, Hood made the remarks at a luncheon sponsored by the state capitol press corps and Mississippi State University's John C. Stennis Institute of Government.

"Now that Hood's inspired exercise in justice has met some resistance, his public rhetoric seems to get more hysterical and irresponsible," said NAMIC president and chief executive officer Charles M. Chamness. "Initially he said the existence of flood exclusions in insurance contracts was 'unconscionable'; last week a judge ruled that flood exclusions are valid and legally enforceable, so Hood has upped the ante by calling insurers 'Nazis.'"

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