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Why the Insurance Industry Wants to Defeat Referendum 67


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Why the Insurance Industry Wants to Defeat Referendum 67

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Why the Insurance Industry Wants to Defeat Referendum 67

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Karen Koehler, President of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, recently wrote a letter to the state bar accusing the insurance industry of using slanderous and reckless television ads against trial lawyers. The insurance industry has already spent .7 Million to defeat Referendum 67, the law up for vote this November. Referendum 67 is designed to force insurance companies to treat their policy holders fairly during the claims process. Proponents of Referendum 67 have raised over 0,000 mostly from trial lawyers.

With support from Democrats and Republicans alike, the Washington state legislature enacted Referendum 67 into law earlier this year. The insurance industry was unhappy. So a handful of out-of-state insurance companies spent millions to obtain more than 150,000 signatures to put the law up for a vote this November. The insurance industry has cleverly called itself “Consumers Against Higher Insurance Rates.”

The major argument against Referendun 67 is that the new law will increase insurance premiums for everyone. But this makes me wonder. Why would the insurance industry spend .7 Million to defeat a measure that could conceivably give them an excuse to raise premiums and make even more money off of Washington State citizens? Do you smell a rat with this line of reasoning? I mean, are you telling me that the insurance company really cares about saving us consumers as much money as possible by paying lower premiums?

And what about good ol’ market forces at work? If insurance companies choose to violate Referendum 67 and as a result then must increase their rates, won’t this provide an incentive to other insurance companies to comply with the law so they can keep their rates low, and hence gain more market share and increase profits as a result?

Follow the money. There is something remarkably suspect about an entire industry spending millions and millions to defeat a measure that is designed to protect consumers (that’s you and me) from being screwed by that industry. Are the citizens of this great state really to believe that the insurance industry is really concerned about our pocket books? And saving us as much money as possible? (yes, I’m smirking…)

What about triple damages? Some people have problems with this part of the law. But you really have to understand the business of insurance and why this provision is absolutely necessary. First, the only incentive for insurance companies to obey the law is the prospect of losing money or paying out more money if they are caught cheating or acting unfairly. Second, more and more carriers employ the tactic of spending much more money to fight a case that could be settled by a much lesser amount. Many people are surprised to learn that many insurance companies will spend ,000 to fight a ,000 claim. Why? Because of the policy of discouraging people from hiring attorneys and asserting claims. Probably 80-90% of claimants will usually fold and accept the company’s last low ball offer rather than hire counsel and litigate. The carriers know this, and they make sure the other 10-20% who choose to fight will know how difficult it will be to recover on a legitimate claim. In the end, the carrier still makes alot of money off of those claims that are settled for a fraction of what the claimant is legally entitled to receive.

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Bail Bond Magazine Launched by Industry Experts



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Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) January 29, 2009

Collateral is a brand new online magazine that is focused on the bail bond industry. Collateral is the first of its kind to concentrate solely on bail bond agents and the way they conduct business. With an estimated 14,000 bail agents spread across the United States, it can be hard for bail professionals to find out what’s going on in the local and national bail community. Collateral is changing that.

By covering issues that are relevant to the bail industry, such as education, marketing, technology and legislative information, Collateral is quickly becoming one of the top resources for bail industry information. In addition, Collateral is the best place to brush up on local and national association news, learn about bail agents, find events and increase business knowledge.

“The industry has needed a centralized source of industry related information for a long time and we are glad to be able to leverage our bail industry knowledge and relationships to bring Collateral to the market,” said Collateral Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of AboutBail.com Adam Camras. AboutBail.com is the publisher of Collateral and has been a bail industry mainstay for more than 10 years.

There is an interactive component to the Collateral online community that allows its readers to comment on articles, and contribute their own ideas and writing. Readers of Collateral are able to get biweekly updates sent directly to them in an e-newsletter, The Bail Report.

Bail bonds are a vital part of the criminal justice system. Bail involves a process in which a defendant is released in exchange for money. This money is a type of “insurance” that the defendant will show up for his or her court dates. Bail exists because trials can take weeks or months to work their way through the court system and bail permits defendants – who are innocent until proven guilty – to return to their daily lives while they await their court dates.

About Collateral Magazine

Collateral magazine is published by AboutBail.com. AboutBail.com is a nationwide directory of bail bond agents, criminal lawyers, investigators, immigration bondsmen, jails, courts and more. AboutBail.com’s comprehensive database of bail agents, and legal professionals provides users with instant access to the help they need.

AboutBail.com is a wholly owned subsidiary of Westin Consulting LLC. Westin Consulting develops, owns and manages properties and software applications in the legal industry. The Westin Consulting portfolio also includes PublicRecordsWire.com, ServeNow.com, PInow.com, ProcessServers.com, and the ServeManager and BailEngine software applications.

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Chambers and Partners USA Names Andrew B. Lustigman Industry Leader



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Andrew B. Lustigman, member of The Lustigman Firm, P.C., a leading advertising and marketing boutique law firms in New York, has been named an industry leader and notable practitioner in his primary practice area. The ranking appears in the internationally recognized Chambers USA Guide: America’s Leading Business Lawyers 2008, a legal directory of U.S. lawyers and law firms published by London-based Chambers & Partners.

Chambers USA recognized Andrew B. Lustigman as a leader in his practice areas; According to Chambers, “Andrew Lustigman is a first-rate player within the field, renowned for the superb job he does on behalf of his clients.” His boutique firm has a particular focus on advertising and promotional marketing law nationally, and he has recently won several significant decisions and achieved favorable settlements on a range of matters. Clients draw attention to the group’s fantastic track record in defending both government enforcement actions and false advertising challenges from competing businesses.

Chambers USA bases its ranking on more than 14,000 phone interviews with attorneys and clients. The qualities on which the rankings were assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by the client. More information about the rankings can be found on the Chambers USA website, http://www.chambersandpartners.com/usa/search.aspx .

The Lustigman Firm, P.C., practice is geared towards servicing the needs of the advertising, promotional marketing, and direct marketing industries with a commitment to providing personal, efficient and effective legal service. The Lustigman Firm prides itself on finding creative solutions to its clients’ legal challenges. http://lustigmanfirm.com

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Chambers and Partners USA Names Andrew B. Lustigman Industry Leader for 2nd Consecutive Year



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Andrew B. Lustigman, member of The Lustigman Firm, P.C., a leading advertising and marketing boutique law firm in New York, has been named an industry leader and notable practitioner in his primary practice area for the second consecutive year. The ranking appears in the internationally recognized Chambers USA Guide: America’s Leading Business Lawyers 2009, a legal directory of U.S. lawyers and law firms published by London-based Chambers & Partners.

Chambers USA has recognized Andrew B. Lustigman as a leader in his practice area. According to Chambers, “Working in an advertising and marketing law boutique, the “super fast and accurate” Andrew Lustigman of The Lustigman Firm PC draws impressive feedback for his skills as a transactional and regulatory lawyer in this area…”

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, The Lustigman Firm is an AV-rated boutique law firm focused on advertising, Internet and promotional marketing law. Clients include many of the country’s most creative niche advertising, interactive and promotion agencies, marketers, businesses and industry suppliers. The Firm helps ensure that a client’s marketing campaign complies with federal and state laws and regulations, with a particular focus on Internet and other direct marketing channels. In addition, the Firm advises and assists in developing legally compliant promotional marketing campaigns and sweepstakes. A significant portion of the practice involves defending investigations and challenges regarding national advertising campaigns brought by regulatory agencies. The Firm also defends and prosecutes false advertising challenges in court and before the National Advertising Division. The Lustigman Firm prides itself on finding creative solutions to its clients’ legal challenges. For more information, visit lustigmanfirm.com and sweepstakeslaw.com

Chambers USA bases its ranking on more than 14,000 phone interviews with attorneys and clients. The qualities on which the rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by the client. More information about the rankings can be found on the Chambers USA website, chambersandpartners.com/usa/search.aspx.

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