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Fair payments, not overpayments

In your January 2003 edition, there is an article about the retirement of our former chairman, Dean R. O'Hare.

I want to clarify a statement attributed to Mr. O'Hare in that article which suggests that Chubb "consciously overpays its claims."

Chubb's Masterpiece Policy provides arguably the broadest terms and conditions in the industry for homeowners coverage. The practice of our claim department, in first-party property claims, is to resolve and pay claims consistent with the broad terms and conditions afforded by our policy. Homeowners claims should be settled in a timely manner and on a basis which is fair and reasonable. It would be inaccurate to say that that represents "overpayment" of claims. To the contrary, while it does honor the promise and commitment of the insurance contract, it satisfies the expectations of our customers precisely because the contract itself is designed to provide such coverage. We are proud of our claims paying reputation, particularly in first-party property coverages. However, we are just as proud of our obligation to our shareholders and employees. We do not pay more than that which is due, and we have a very firm policy of not paying any claim in which fraud is involved.

I hope that the above has presented a clearer picture of Chubb's claims paying process.

John J. Degnan

Vice Chairman

The Chubb Corp.

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Chairman, Executive Board

ING Group

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