The Florida District Court of Appeals last week kept a temporary stay in place against the suspension of Allstate from Florida by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. The ruling is a double edged sword in that the expedited appeals process puts pressure on Allstate to produce records on its business practices; records it has been unwilling to produce in the past. According to Kevin McCarty, Commissioner of the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Allstate has become more diligent in producing the subpoenaed records:
All the documents requested in our October subpoenas were due at the Jan. 15 hearing, but I am encouraged that as a result of my suspension order Allstate within a week produced about 25,000 pages of documents.
“I remain ever committed to Florida consumers to get to the bottom of this issue and to ensure that Allstate is held accountable to the law.”
The timetable for the expedited court appeal points to a resolution in early March, 2008. A copy of the court order that contains the milestones can be found here.