Robert H. Hogeboom, Senior Regulatory Attorney at Barger & Wolen LLP, testified on May 17, 2010, that the California Department of Insurance (“CDI”) should withdraw its proposed regulations on standards and training for estimating replacement value on homeowners’ insurance (“Proposed Regulations”).

Representing the Insurance Agents and Brokers Association of California, Hogeboom criticized the CDI for proposing draconian regulations with no proper authority and creating a new “unfair practice” violation applicable to producers and insurers. Specifically, the Proposed Regulations provide that an estimate not conforming to the new CDI standards set forth in the Proposed Regulations is a misleading statement within California Insurance Code § 790.03, which identifies certain prohibited acts in the business of insurance.

For Hogeboom’s full analysis of the Proposed Regulations, click here.

For Hogeboom’s filed comments and objections to the Proposed Regulations, click here.

For a copy of the Proposed Regulations, click here.