WASHINGTON–Allstate Insurance Company has given its year'snotice that it will be withdrawing from the Property CasualtyInsurers Association of America as of 2009.

Both Allstate and PCI officials confirmed the decision, sayingthat Allstate has decided to do so “because it is well on its wayto insourcing its government relations function, both at thefederal and state level,” according to David Sampson, PCI's newpresident and chief executive officer.

The bylaws of the trade group require that it give a year'snotice of plans to withdraw, according to both Mr. Sampson and RichHalberg, an Allstate spokesman.

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