Insurance companies and trial lawyers in Minnesota are at odds over legislation that would expand the rights of people to sue insurers. Insurers say the proposal will increase premiums and encourage fraudulent claims. "It would allow policyholders to 'set up' insurance carriers," says Dale Thornsjo, a Minneapolis attorney who has represented the insurance industry. The bill says an insurance company would be liable for damages if it delays or denies a claim without a reasonable basis.

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