The Associated Press

Mass. Lands $14.6M Motorcycle Insurance Settlement

BOSTON — State Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley says thousands of Massachusetts motorcycle owners will receive insurance refunds from the state’s largest automobile insurer for overcharges on their policies.

Coakley’s office announced Monday a $14.6 million settlement with Commerce Insurance Co., the largest such agreement in the agency’s four-year motorcycle insurance investigation. Nineteen companies have settled with the state, totaling $57.4 million in refunds for more than 150,000 Massachusetts policies.

The attorney general’s office says Commerce Insurance will issue refunds averaging about $360 to more than 40,000 policyholders.

Coakley accused Commerce Insurance of overcharging customers between 2002 and 2011 by using inflated motorcycle values. The industry-wide investigation stemmed from a complaint by the owner of a 1999 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic

A representative of the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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