AAJ: Insurance Companies Taking In More, Handing Back Less

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AAJ: Insurance Companies Taking In More, Handing Back Less: Industry Again Posts Unprecedented Yearly Profits

For Immediate Release: April 9, 2008

Contact: Ray De Lorenzi
202.965.3500, x369

Washington, DC—Today, the Insurance Information Institute announced a near-record $61.9 billion 2007 profit for the industry. Insurance companies have made an unprecedented $169 billion profit since Hurricane Katrina.

The following is a statement from American Association for Justice CEO Jon Haber:

"Insurance companies are making record profits while raising premiums, stiffing policyholders, and refusing insurance to those who need it most. Never has the industry taken in more and handed back less. Insurance CEOs have forgotten they have a duty to their policyholders, as well as shareholders.

"Look no farther than mega-insurer Allstate, forced to release documents last week that detail its unfair treatment of policyholders. Only after Florida suspended their ability to write new policies in the state did Allstate agree to publicly release details of its controversial tactics, such as its 'boxing gloves' strategy.

"In their 2004 report, the Insurance Information Institute lamented over what they saw as poor profits, a then record $38.7 billion profit, by asking, 'Can this decade be saved?' With over $235 billion in profits in the last five years, the better question is, 'Can this decade be saved for consumers?' "

As the world's largest trial bar, the American Association for Justice (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) works to make sure people have a fair chance to receive justice through the legal system when they are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others—even when it means taking on the most powerful corporations. Visit http://www.justice.org/newsroom.

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