Oregon: Legislative Session Ends, Bad Faith/UTPA Bills Die
The 2013 Oregon legislative session ended July 8 after a challenging five months of insurer and trade association advocacy against a deluge of plaintiff-trial-bar-sponsored anti-tort reform legislation.
HB 3160, as amended, the last of the bad faith/Unfair Trades Practices Act bills, died in the Senate Rules Committee when the sponsor of the bill could not secure enough votes for the bill to pass the Senate. The proposed legislation previously passed out of the House on a party-line vote of 33-27.
NAMIC lobbied extensively in Salem with other insurance trades, its member companies, and interested stakeholders to oppose these anti-insurance consumer bills that would have turned every insurance business practice into a potential UTPA claim, subjected insurers to the regulatory authority of the attorney general, and exposed insurers to first- and third-party bad faith liability and class action litigation.
NAMIC commends those legislators in the House and Senate who protected their constituents against plaintiff-trial-bar efforts to pass legislation that would have lined their pockets at the expense of insurance consumers and small-business owners. NAMIC appreciates all of its members’ grassroots advocacy efforts in opposition to the proposed legislation. NAMIC sent out a number of member action alerts, and NAMIC members mobilized their forces to help educate legislators about the anti-insurance consumer implications of the bill.
Christian J. Rataj
State Affairs Manager