March 11, 2008 16:15 ET

InsWeb Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Autobytel and Related Entities

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - March 11, 2008) - InsWeb Corp. (NASDAQ: INSW), a leading online insurance marketplace, today announced that on March 11, 2008 it filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego against Autobytel, Inc., Autobytel I Corporation (formerly known as AVV, Inc.), and Dominion Enterprises (current owners of AVV). In the lawsuit, InsWeb asserts infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,898,597 entitled "Event Log," against such parties, and seeks damages and a permanent injunction.

AVV was a wholly owned subsidiary of Autobytel until substantially all of its assets were sold to Dominion Enterprises in January 2008. AVV's business included the operation, sale and promotion of a product known as WebControl that allows automobile dealers to track and log internet leads and sales activity. InsWeb learned of the infringing technology in researching its defenses to a patent suit filed by Autobytel.

InsWeb has not previously asserted this patent against any third party and the outcome of this litigation is uncertain. InsWeb is under no obligation, and expressly disclaims any obligation, to update or alter any of the information above, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About InsWeb

InsWeb (NASDAQ: INSW) enables consumers to compare multiple, actionable quotes for auto, term life, health, homeowners, renters and condominium insurance offerings from many of the nation's highly rated insurers. The top-rated online insurance marketplace also provides interactive tools and independent research. Headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., InsWeb is accessible at

For further information regarding InsWeb Corporation, please review the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Reports on Form 10-K, and in particular Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

This news release contains forward-looking statements reflecting management's current forecast of certain aspects of the Company's future. It is based on current information, which we have assessed, but which by its nature is dynamic and subject to rapid and even abrupt changes. Forward-looking statements include statements expressing the intent, belief or current expectations of the Company and members of our management team. The Company's actual results might differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties associated with the Company's business. The forward-looking statements should be considered in the context of these and other risk factors disclosed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

"INSWEB" and "AGENTINSIDER" are registered service marks of InsWeb Corporation. All marks above are those of InsWeb Corporation, except for those of insurance insurers, brokers, agents, industry organizations, financial institutions, online partners, service providers, other mentioned companies and educational institutions, which are the marks of their respective entities.

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