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January 21, 2008
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Allstate Wins Temporary Reprieve from Florida’s Order to Suspend Its Insurance License ...
It looks like Allstate is going to be able to sell insurance in Florida after all ... at least for now. That decision, made by a state district court judge, was the culmination of a tumultuous week that saw the Office of Insurance Regulation try to suspend Allstate’s authority to sell insurance....
... As Florida Senate Names Five Companies for February Hearing Testimony ...
The Florida Senate’s Select Committee on Property Insurance Accountability has selected the five insurance companies invited to its February hearings about property insurance rates. But first, it will have Robert Hunter to set the tone in testimony this week....
... And Alabama’s Bell Seeks Stable Market for Coastal Property Insurance

Alabama insurance commissioner Walter Bell told a property insurance symposium earlier this month that Florida’s approach to market regulation “is the quickest way to disaster....”

IMSA Webinars Will Explain New Clearinghouse for Suitability Certifications; System Goes Live Jan. 28

The Insurance Marketplace Standards Association will hold two Web-based presentations this week to promote its new clearinghouse for suitability certifications. It is intended to help life insurance companies obtain certifications that their third-party distributors are supervising the suitability of annuity sales....

Appeals Court Finds Companies Don’t Have to Pay Overtime to Adjusters, Appraisers
A federal appeals court has settled the question of whether companies have to pay insurance adjusters and appraisers overtime for their work – but it is unlikely the ruling will be applied across the board....
Humana Must Pay $500,000 Fine, Improve Producer Licensing Procedures
Humana will pay a $500,000 fine to Illinois and tighten its compliance procedures to settle a market conduct exam based on complaints about enrolling consumers into Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Plans....
Antifraud Group Identifies 2007’s Most Brazen Attempts to Defraud Insurers
What do a glass-eating gypsy, a teacher who faked terminal cancer and an insurance agent who killed homeless clients have in common? Insurance fraud....
Minnesota Department Adds New Market Assurance Chief; George Dale Lands on His Feet with Law Firm
The Minnesota Department of Commerce has a new deputy commissioner to lead its Market Assurance Division, and a former commissioner has landed a new job in the private sector....
Study: Those Who Earn More, Live Longer – So How Do You Fit in That Equation?
New research from the Social Security Administration is showing that men who earn more will live longer. So does that research leave you living longer in our old age? Or just living?
Rules, Regs & Bulletins Jan. 21, 2008

A summary of recent regulatory developments and legislation....