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Maine Passes Bill Mandating Shop Choice Disclosure for Insurers

Both houses of Maine’s legislature have passed a bill specifying language an insurer must use in recommending auto body shops.  According to the bill, titled an Act to Protect Consumers’ Freedom of Choice in Auto Collision Repairs, an insurer must say the allowing if recommending a particular shop or network of shops to a customer: “You have the legal right to choose a motor vehicle...

Videocast: Insurance and Automated Transportation

The question isn’t whether automated technology will impact the auto insurance industry, but how big that disruption will be and when that disruption will happen. In their videocast, Insurance and Automated Transportation, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP Partner Kymberly Kochis and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP Partner Fabian Volz discuss numerous ways the insurance industry...

NY DFS Proposes New Reg for Auto Insurers

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has released a proposed regulation aimed at prohibiting the use of education and occupation as underwriting criteria.  The proposal comes after a DFS investigation found some auto insurers in New York use a driver’s education level and/or occupational status as an underwriting factor, landing those drivers in a less-favorable...

Dealing with Uninsured Drivers

The problem of uninsured motorists is one that has plagued states and insurers since the first financial responsibility laws were enacted.  States have attempted to address this problem through legislation and enforcement, but those actions have had limited success.  For example, one research study indicates that “no pay, no play” laws banning uninsured drivers from suing for...

The Question of Liability in Autonomous Vehicle Crashes

Despite the ongoing development of autonomous vehicles, and the push to get autonomous vehicles on the road, there are still many questions about who can be held liable in the event of an accident. For example, while a consumer safety group believes that automakers should assume responsibility, automakers have argued that the issue is covered by state insurance laws determining...

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