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Administrative Orders - 2000

Enforcement Orders

Company - Marketplace Violations

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American Family Mutual Insurance Co.
Madison, WI
Violation: Terminated agents without giving at least 90 days written notice.
Penalty: $2,000 fine
Date of Order: 07/26/2000
Final
American General Life and Accident Insurance Co.
Houston, TX
Violation: Used racially discriminatory practices in the sale of industrial life and low value life insurance policies.
Penalty: $900 fine
Date of Order: 07/20/2000
Final
Country Mutual Insurance Company
Bloomington, IL
Violation: Issued policies using unapproved rates.
Penalty: $20,000 fine.
Date of Order: 05/31/2000
Final
Dairyland Insurance Co.
Stevens Point, WI
Violation: Failed to base an auto insurance total loss settlement offer on the local market area.
Penalty: $2,000 fine
Date of Order: 07/20/2000
Final
Fortis Benefits Insurance Company
St. Paul , MN
Violation: Failed to advise a claimant of acceptance or denial of a claim within 30 days of receiving proof of loss. Failed to acknowledge and act promptly on a claim communication. Refused to pay a claim without conducting a reasonable investigation.
Penalty: $20,000 fine.
Date of Order: 06/08/2000
Final
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
Columbus, OH
Violation: Failed to obtain a driver exclusion statement from an insured. Refused to provide a premium quote because of driving record information more than three years old.
Penalty: $10,000 fine.
Date of Order: 03/14/2000
Final
SAFECO Insurance Company of Illinois
Seattle, WA
Violation: Failed to reply within 30 days after receiving a communication from a claimant.
Penalty: $2,000 fine.
Date of Order: 03/06/2000
Final
State Accident Insurance Fund Corp. (SAIF)
Salem, OR
Violation: Engaged in certain unfair trade practices, including making misleading statements about a competitor.
Penalty: SAIF agreed to cease and desist from engaging in such unfair trade practices. SAIF will sponsor before June 2001 a seminar on workers' compensation insurance unfair trade practices open to Oregon licensed general insurance agents.
Date of Order: 07/20/2000
Final