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Auto insurers fined over surcharges

Four auto insurance carriers have agreed to pay fines totaling at least $120,000 and issue refunds to Massachusetts drivers who were hit with costly surcharges even after a state board found they were not at fault for accidents, the attorney general’s office said Thursday.

The announcement comes just two months after another insurer, Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance Co., a unit of MetLife Inc. of New York, struck a similar deal with the attorney general’s office and agreed to pay at least $50,000 in penalties, plus an unspecified amount in refunds.

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