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Insurance departments ascertain that insurance producers, agents and brokers are competent and of good moral character before issuing them licenses to provide insurance products.

Sometimes when a state department refuses to issue a license, the proposed licensee attempts to force the state to give him or her a license by litigation. A seasoned and competent insurance department will keep the bad apples out of the business.

In Lagueux v. Leonardi, Thomas B. Leonardi, Connecticut’s insurance commissioner, refused to issue an insurance producer’s license to the plaintiff Michael J. Lagueux. On appeal, Lagueux claimed the court erred in not holding that the plaintiff was entitled to such a license under general statutes.

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