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As the Oregon legislature considers legislation to create a direct cause of action for third parties to sue insurance companies for their claims settlement practices, a new policy report by R.J. Lehmann, senior fellow and director of finance, insurance, and trade at R Street, examines legislation similar to this across the country.

Mr. Lehmann argues that the experience of other states who have created “third-party bad-faith” actions against insurers has been an explosion of litigation, ultimately leading to higher costs of insurance coverage.

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Victoria Spears

Victoria Prussen Spears is senior vice president of Meyerowitz Communications Inc., a law firm marketing communications consulting company. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Brooklyn Law School, Ms. Spears was an attorney at a leading New York City law firm before joining Meyerowitz Communications. She may be contacted at [email protected]

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