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Attorney General files lawsuit against six large insurance companies alleging price-fixing

Attorney General Charles Foti filed a lawsuit in Orleans Parish Civil District Court late Wednesday alleging collusion, price-fixing and anti-trust violations by six major insurance companies – including Allstate and State Farm – as well as the firms that manufacture their claims-processing software, and the companies that offer them advice or collect their data. The…

10 Things Your Home Insurer Won’t Tell You

1. “We have our own caste system.” Sam Mayer, a physician in suburban Chicago, had insured his home, car, and life with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for 10 years without ever filing a single claim, until a damaged roof and a burglary led to two legitimate claims totaling $3,000. Mayer promptly installed a new home-security…

What to do after State Farm

As Florida’s insurance consumer advocate, I am disappointed in State Farm Florida’s decision to exit the property insurance market. Instead of dwelling on the reasons for the company’s decision, we need to consider the immediate fallout. First, we must look at the current state of Florida’s insurance market. Since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, large national…

Northern Capital Looking to Write State Farm Florida Insureds

Northern Capital Insurance Group, a Florida-based homeowners, commercial and auto insurance provider, said it is prepared to insure 50,000 State Farm Florida customers as that insurer withdraws from the state’s property insurance market. Northern Capital began writing homeowners policies in Florida in August, 2006. the company said it currently provides $20 billion of insurance coverage…

Florida’s Peninsula Insurance Ready to Write State Farm Policies

Florida Peninsula Insurance Co., a Boca Raton-based domestic insurer writing homeowners, condo and renters policies statewide, said it is prepared to insure up to 100,000 State Farm Florida customers as that insurer withdraws from the state. Peninsula said it is ranks fifth among domestic writers and in the top 10 of all companies offering multi-peril…

State Farm asks for a 67 percent increase

State Farm Florida Insurance Co. now wants a 67 percent average statewide property insurance rate increase, months after Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty said he would reject the insurer’s proposed 47 percent rate boost. State Farm, the state’s largest private home insurer, has appealed to the Division of Administrative Hearings and in its final submission…

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