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CA Commissioner Calls Hearing Into Alleged "Excess Profits" by Insurers

(5/31/2006) California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi has scheduled a hearing into alleged "excess profits" by private-passenger automobile and homeowners insurers. ... full story

PIA National President-elect Donna Pile Comments on Markets in National Underwriter

(5/26/2006) The hurricane-fueled property-catastrophe crisis materializing along the Gulf Coast has not translated into a market issue for independent agent carriers in Ame... full story

It's Official: Safeco Adds Online Distribution Strategy

(5/17/2006) Seattle-based Safeco Insurance Companies has decided to sell products via the Internet to supplement its existing -- and what it says is its preferred sales... full story

Reality Check: It's 2006, and 48 Million Americans Don't Use Seat Belts

(5/17/2006) Despite the highest safety belt-use rate ever recorded in the U.S., 48 million Americans still fail to buckle up regularly, according to a recently released... full story

NAIC e-Regulation Conference Addresses NFIP, Other Issues

(5/17/2006) More than 700 insurance regulators and industry representatives attended the seventh annual E-Regulation Conference and Information Technology Expo, sponsored b... full story

Parody of GEICO Gecko Will Not Go to Court

(5/09/2006) Both sides in a dispute over what direct-writer GEICO alleged was a misappropriation of its cartoon gecko have backed off a court challenge. GEICO had... full story

PIA of New Jersey Protests Ads in Turnpike Authority Mailings

(5/09/2006) PIA of New Jersey is protesting a pilot program under which the state Turnpike Authority is allowing GEICO and other advertisers to place ads in... full story

PIA National Young Insurance Professional of the Year Profiled in Rough Notes

(5/02/2006) The recipient of the first PIA National Young Insurance Professional of the Year Award hopes the increased recognition he is receiving will help other young... full story

Two State Regulators Hit the Road On Different Missions

(5/02/2006) Two of the nation's state insurance regulators are using speaking engagements to get different messages out. In Louisiana the message is the state is a... full story

Distracted Drivers Account for 80 Percent of Crashes

(4/26/2006) A recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that distracted drivers are the leading cause of auto crashes in the U... full story

GEICO Sues Competitor Alleging Misappropriation of its Gecko

(4/26/2006) GEICO has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging one of its competitors has misappropriated the cartoon character around which it has built its advertising..... full story

Making a Difference With PIAPAC

(4/24/2006) To all PIA members: I am thrilled to be the newest addition to your national staff. As I step into the role, I would... full story

Superintendent Alessandro Iuppa's Remarks for PIA's Federal Legislative Summit

(4/24/2006) Let me begin by thanking PIA members for this opportunity to share my comments directly with you, to coincide with your 2006 PIA Federal... full story

NCOIL Reaffirms Its Opposition to Optional Federal Charter

(4/20/2006) In response to the long-threatened introduction of S. 2509, the National Insurance Act of 2006, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) has iss... full story

NAIC Closing In On Goal of Creating Interstate Compact

(4/20/2006) The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is close to creating an interstate compact to streamline insurance regulation across the United State... full story

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

(4/20/2006) Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood's recent comments comparing insurance companies to Nazis has drawn a stern rebuke from the National Association of Mutual ... full story

PIA's Brevik Addresses How Carriers Relate to Agents With Technology

(4/20/2006) Carriers could move away from proprietary Web site systems if they wanted to and a standard interface is achievable. Those were among the observations of... full story

Safeco Considers Selling Insurance Directly on the Internet

(4/20/2006) Safeco Corp. may sell private passenger automobile insurance directly to consumers online. Michael LaRocco, president of product, underwriting and claims for Sa... full story

PIA Members Blanket Capitol Hill in Effort to Assure Optional Federal Charter Bill is Dead on Arrival

(4/12/2006) PIA Main Street Agents Visit Capitol Hill - PIA membersfrom Louisiana make their rounds in the shadow of the U.SCapitol on April 6, 2006... full story

Larry McGillis Named PIAPAC Person of the Year

(4/11/2006) Larry McGillis of Portland, North Dakota was named PIAPAC Person of the Year April 6, during the annual PIAPAC Fundraising Dinner. A longtime political action..... full story