Massachusetts Auto Rating & Accident Prevention Bureau v. Commissioner of Insurance

411 N.E.2d 762 (1980)

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Massachusetts Auto Rating & Accident Prevention Bureau v. Commissioner of Insurance

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
411 N.E.2d 762 (1980)

Facts

For setting the Massachusetts insurance rates for 1980, the Massachusetts Commissioner of Insurance (the Commissioner) (defendant) considered changes in appraisals of property damage, the drinking age, and the tort threshold for accident victims to recover certain damages. The Massachusetts Automotive Rating and Accident Prevention Bureau (the bureau) (plaintiff), a group of insurers, challenged the Commissioner’s determinations with respect to each of these categories. With respect to appraisals, the bureau provided evidence that was contrary to the evidence upon which the Commissioner’s determination relied. With respect to the drinking age, the bureau argued that the evidence upon which the Commissioner relied was not entirely satisfactory. With respect to the tort threshold, the bureau argued that the Commissioner should have relied on data that the Commissioner had decided to disregard as unreliable.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Braucher, J.)

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