Nation's Leading Insurer of Soldiers, USAA, Criticizes Prop 17; Announce Opposition

By Jay Fitzgerald, Boston Herald

Feb. 17–Attorney General Martha Coakley has forced five auto insurers to cough up money for customers who she says were unfairly charged higher rates due to inaccurate driving-record data.

Coakley’s office said the insurers basically failed to correct a driving-record database whenever a motorist won an appeal of any “at-fault” accident determination.

The result was that some consumers paid higher premium rates than they should have, Coakley’s office said.

The five insurers — Metropolitan Property & Casualty, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Peerless Insurance company, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation and Pilgrim Insurance Co. — agreed in settlements to pay the state a combined $100,000.

They also agreed to reimburse customers for an unspecified amount of money that they may have been charged, Coakley’s office said.

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