Washington–A federal judge yesterday barred South Dakota fromenforcing its countersignature law requiring out-of-state insuranceagents and brokers to obtain a local agent's signature before theycan bind coverage.

The South Dakota law is the last such statute remaining in thedomestic United States. The rest have been overturned by courtchallenge.

U.S. District Court Judge Charles B. Kornmann for the CentralDivision of South Dakota in Pierre issued the injunction barringenforcement of the state's countersignature law after finding it tobe discriminatory and serving no legitimate state goals.

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