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A 2001 accident in Owings Mills. (File)
A 2001 accident in Owings Mills. (File)

Underinsured motorist settlements require prior consent, court rules

Failure to get insurer's OK waives coverage

Insurance companies need not pay an underinsured-motorist claim if the policyholder fails to get their consent before settling with the insurer of the negligent driver who hit his or her car, Maryland’s top court has ruled.

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