The founder of the National African-American Insurance Association is locked in an increasingly public and nasty battle with Nationwide Insurance over the cancellation of his appointment with the carrier.

Jerald L. Tillman, the owner of Cincinnati-based JL Tillman Insurance Agency and a 27-year veteran with Nationwide, had his contract cancelled in April on grounds of misconduct.

Mr. Tillman sent to National Underwriter a copy of an Oct. 15 letter addressed to "Nationwide Agents, Employees and Staff," stating that "Nationwide is completely wrong in their conclusions and assumptions" about him.

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