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"The Incredible Hulk" Files a Mold Lawsuit
When actor Lou Ferrigno played "The Incredible Hulk" on television, there was nothing that could bring him down. Now, Ferrigno says exposure to mold in...
Issue of Insurers Use of Credit Scoring Heats Up
Perhaps because it's an election year, insurers' use of credit based insurance scoring has heated up quite a bit as an issue, in just the...
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Allstate's Effort to Block Credit Scoring Suit
The Supreme Court has rejected Allstate Corp.'s request for a review of a lawsuit filed by Hispanic-American and African American policyholders who contend ...
Compromise Credit Scoring Proposal Debated in Michigan
One week after Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) announced her proposal to ban the use of credit scoring in insurance underwriting, an alternate proposal ...
Mold Linked to Respiratory Problems, But Not More Serious Health Problems
A panel of epidemiologists, toxicologists and pediatricians said that respiratory problems and symptoms of asthma in some cases could be linked to mold and ...
PIA's Don Flanders Chairs NCOIL Forum on CLUE
Don Flanders, chairman of the PIA National Regulatory Affairs Committee, moderated a panel discussion on the use of CLUE (Comprehensive Loss Underwriting ...
Ario and Skelton Testify Before NCSL on Use of CLUE Reports
During the recent annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), ChoicePoint Assistant Vice President Jeffrey Skelton and Colorado ...
State Study on Insurers' Use of Credit Scores Halted
A nine-state study on whether insurers' use of credit scores to help set rates discriminates against the poor and minorities has been suspended. The...
Washington State Has New Credit-Based Insurance Scoring Rule
A new credit-based insurance scoring rule was signed into law on December 29 and will take effect on July 1 in Washington State. Insurance Commissioner...
Texas Releases Preliminary Results on Use of Credit Scoring
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has recently conducted a legislatively mandated study on the use of credit scoring. The study is significant, in that...
New Delaware Insurance Commissioner Supports Ban on Credit Scoring by Insurers
New Delaware Insurance Commissioner Matt Denn has announced he will support a bill being introduced that seeks to ban the use of credit scores by...
Rate Reductions, Ban on Credit Scoring Advance in Michigan
Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) and Office of Financial and Insurance Services Commissioner Linda A. Watters said last Wednesday they sent a ...
Nebraska "File-and-Use" Bill Advances
A bill introduced at the request of the Nebraska Department of Insurance has made its way out of committee and is headed to consideration by...
CLUE Bill Moves Through North Dakota Legislature
Policyholders in North Dakota may soon be protected from being penalized for merely asking whether their policy covers specific losses. Under a bill (SB ...
Rates Will Increase Under MI Govs Plan to Curb Insurance Scoring Says Hartwig of I.I.I.
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's misguided plan to lower auto rates in Detroit by curbing the used of insurance scoring will raise rates on many Michigan...
North Dakota Bill Bans Use of Inquiries as Underwriting Factor
A bill that limits the types of background information that might be used in underwriting personal insurance coverage was passed by the North Dakota ...
Is Credit Scoring Here To Stay? Experts Weigh In
In 2002, there were legislative efforts in 40 states to restrict the use of credit scoring in insurance. This year, there have been efforts in...
Federal Court Issues Broad Ruling on Insurance and Credit Scoring
A federal appellate court has ruled that insurance companies must provide consumers with notice when they charge higher rates for initial insurance policies ...
NCOIL Reauthorizes Credit Scoring Model, Will Debate Refinements Next Year
The National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) has voted to reauthorize a widely adopted model law on the use of credit information in insurance ...
PIA Western Alliance to Host Mold/Moisture Management Summit
The PIA Western Alliance is hosting a summit on moisture management/mold control on January 12, 2006 at the Doubletree Suites Southcenter in Seattle. The ...
Florida Restricts Insurer Use of Credit Scores
The Florida Cabinet - consisting of Governor Jeb Bush, Attorney General Charlie Crist, Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher and Agriculture Commissioner ...
GEICO Charges Blue-Collar Workers More for Insurance
One thing the Geico gecko neglects to mention in television commercials is that education and occupation matters when it comes to how much the company's...
Bill Filed to Target GEICO's Use of Education, Income to Rate Auto Coverage
New Jersey State Assemblyman Neil Cohen has introduced a bill that would prohibit car insurers from using a customer's education and income to set premiums....
The Color of Your Collar, and Other Ways GEICO Rates Risk
Veteran Washington Post insurance reporter Albert Crenshaw has gotten his hands on an internal guide used by Geico Corp. to help its salespeople decide ...
Congresswoman's Life Insurance Rejection for Travel to Israel Spurs Bill
When Debbie Wasserman Schultz was rejected for a life insurance policy in March 2005 "because of potential travel to Israel," the company probably didn't ...
Could a Tow Raise Auto Rates?
Auto premiums and even eligibility for auto insurance could be affected by using tow services provided by insurance companies. While the practices of insurance ...
Allstate Modifies Use of Credit Reports in Discrimination Lawsuit Settlement
Allstate Corp. has agreed to modify the way in which it uses credit reports in setting auto and homeowners insurance rates, a practice commonly referred...
U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Insurance Credit Scoring Cases
On September 26 the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether insurance companies are required to inform consumers that they have to pay higher rates...
Use of Credit Scoring by Insurers Faces Ballot Test in Oregon
On November 7 voters in Oregon will be the first in the U.S. to decide whether insurance companies will be prohibited from using such factors...
Oregon Voters Reject Credit Scoring Ban
A measure on the ballot in Oregon that would have barred the use of credit scoring in determining insurance premium rates was rejected by a...