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An insurance broker transacts insurance with, but not on behalf of, an insurer. In doing so, the broker generally promises only to obtain the insurance requested by the insured. However, when there is a special relationship between the insureds and their insurance broker, the duty owed to the insured can be expanded. New York and most states recognize that there are policy reasons for the narrow view of an insurance broker’s duty to its client. Brokers are not insurance companies and do not earn premium income. They earn, ordinarily, relatively modest commissions for bringing insurers and insureds together. It is natural for a client that has suffered a loss not covered by its insurance to blame its insurance agent; and if lawsuits by clients against their agents are welcomed by the courts, the consequence may be to make the agent into a kind of back-up insurer. 

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