Monday, May 18, 2009

Many Oregon Insurance Arbitration Clauses Violate State Law

The link below is to a bulletin of a national insurance industry periodical. It warns insurance companies that the Oregon Insurance Commission is on the look out for violations of Oregon law regarding arbitration clauses in insurance policies.

In Oregon, an insurance policy cannot require that an insured submit to arbitration without the insured's consent. The state of Oregon has a long-time respect for the right to trial by jury. Article I, section 17 of the Oregon Constitution provides: "In all civil cases the right of Trial by Jury shall remain inviolate."

Insurance Journal: Oregon Warns Insurance Industry About Arbitration Clauses

by C. Michael Arnold, Attorney at Law,
Eugene, Oregon Arnold Law Office, LLC

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