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2 Insurance Firms to Curtail Sales in State

Times Staff Writer

Two affiliated Wisconsin-based insurance companies, Sentry Insurance, a mutual company, and Dairyland Insurance Co., have decided to discontinue writing personal auto and other lines of insurance in California because the number of claims and lawsuits were too high, a spokeswoman for the companies said Wednesday.

Mary Bogda, director of corporate communications for the two companies, said Dairyland was discontinuing automobile and motorcycle policies with annual premiums of $58 million and 38,000 policyholders.

She said that Sentry was dropping standard auto and homeowners policies with annual premiums of $11 million and 10,700 policyholders.

Dairyland has conducted its business through independent agents based in California, while Sentry directly sold its policies through a toll-free telephone line to its Stevens Point, Wis., headquarters, Bogda said. The business was not concentrated in any one part of the state.

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She said Dairyland would continue selling commercial insurance in California with an agent force scaled down to 25 from 75.


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