September 13, 1990 |
The Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce will kick off its seven-seminar fall series Sept. 28 with a workshop on the new automobile insurance law. "The seminars provide a great opportunity for chamber members, at a very reasonable cost, to increase their skills and learn more. In addition, it's a great opportunity to network," said Patricia Orban Quinby, head of the chamber's fall seminar committee. Each seminar, which runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the chamber's Doylestown Borough headquarters, costs $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.
July 25, 1990 |
Since the start of the month, the folks at your local auto inspection station have been required by law to ask for proof that you have car insurance. If you do not, they will not inspect your car. Curt Kieser does not like that. "This situation doesn't make any money for me," said the owner of a Sunoco station at 10819 Bustleton Ave. "Now if you said that the tires had to have 50 percent of the tread on them to pass inspection, I'd sell a lot more tires. But I don't sell insurance.
March 28, 1991 |
In its attempt to crack down on uninsured drivers, Pennsylvania's new auto- insurance law has spawned an illegal growth industry on the streets of Philadelphia: Fake insurance cards. Drivers can buy the bogus cards, reportedly for as little as $10, to use as the "proof" of insurance needed for annual, state-mandated car inspections. Mechanics, required by the state to demand such proof, say they generally cannot distinguish a fake card from the real thing. As a result, they said, they have no alternative but to accept almost any card presented, inspect the owner's car and issue a windshield sticker signifying to police that the vehicle is safe for the road.
July 21, 1990 |
As president of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Leonard A. Sloane vigorously fought auto-insurance legislation as it worked its way through the Capitol this past year. The bill passed anyway. As a private lawyer, Sloane now has moved his battle to a different arena - the Delaware County courthouse - where he has filed a class-action suit seeking to change the way part of the new law is being enforced. The suit, filed July 3 in the Court of Common Pleas, contends that doctors' fees for treatment of some accident victims are being slashed unconstitutionally.
October 13, 1988 |
The head of a national consumer group contended yesterday that New Jersey's new law designed to lower, or at least to stabilize, the cost of auto insurance is flawed and will result in higher prices for many motorists. "I think it's a net loss for the public and a net gain for the insurance industry," said J. Robert Hunter, president of the National Insurance Consumer Organization (NICO). Predicting that motorists would face "more costs and less coverage," Hunter, at a news conference following auto insurance hearings yesterday, called for additional laws to increase competition among agents, eliminate antitrust behavior by insurance companies and guarantee that motorists with good records can get insurance from the companies of their choice.
February 13, 1990 |
The much-ballyhooed new state insurance law, which proponents promise will save Philadelphia drivers big bucks in premium costs, is being panned by consumer groups and some city legislators. Critics say the new law offers only short-term relief for most motorists, and no relief for those who need it most. "This bill is not insurance reform at all," says Lance Haver, chairman of the Philadelphia-based Consumer Party. "It doesn't solve consumers' problems. It's an election-year tactic on behalf of Gov. Casey and the Legislature.
March 11, 1990 |
Barbara Sharpe was flabbergasted. Gov. Casey had just signed a new auto insurance law designed to freeze rates now and slash them later. Her bomb of a car was getting older, and she and her husband were gaining experience as drivers. But when she opened her insurance bill last month, Sharpe saw the rate go through the roof, nearly equalling what she paid for her 13-year-old Grand Prix. She was floored. "I didn't appreciate that," said the Penlyn, Montgomery County, woman.
February 10, 1990 |
A federal judge yesterday denied an insurance company's request that he temporarily halt implementation of the state's fledgling auto-insurance law. In a one-sentence decision, District Judge Edmund V. Ludwig, of the Eastern District in Philadelphia, rejected a motion by Keystone Insurance Co. for a temporary restraining order to block a rate freeze and an across-the-board rollback from taking effect. Keystone contended that portions of the law are unconstitutional. Ludwig's action came after a wire service incorrectly reported yesterday that he had accepted the request for an injunction.
April 17, 1990 |
The on-again, off-again medical cost cap for the state's new auto insurance law is off again. Commonwealth Court Judge James Colins yesterday denied a state request to keep the cap in place. The effect of the decision is to send the state back to the Supreme Court in search of another way to put the cap back on. Colins has agreed with attorneys representing the medical profession that the way the new law imposes the cap is too vague and potentially unconstitutional. The state Insurance Department, which is defending the new law, now wants a state Supreme Court justice to hear its case for the cap. "We will be filing for an application to reinstate (the cap)
March 15, 1990 |
For the second time in a month, Pennsylvania's new auto insurance law has withstood a legal challenge that attempted to prevent the state from rolling back rates at least 10 percent this summer. A federal judge in Philadelphia has denied an insurance company's request to block portions of the law that last month froze rates at their Dec. 1 levels and that is scheduled to reduce them further July 1. In a brief opinion dated Monday and filed Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Edmund V. Ludwig said that Aetna Casualty & Surety Co. failed to meet standards necessary to stop the rollback from taking effect.