California Insurance Commissioner Petitioned to “Kick Unum the Hell Out of California”September 18, 2006 | Insurance News
UnumProvident, one of the largest disability insurance carriers, was recently fined $15 million and ordered to reopen 115,000 claims in a multi-state regulatory settlement, and the California Department of Insurance also fined Unum $8 million and ordered Unum to reopen an additional 26,000 California claims. The penalties assessed against UnumProvident were the largest in insurance regulatory history. Now Ray Bourhis, one of the San Francisco attorneys who assisted in the three-year investigation of Unum, has sent a letter to California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi petitioning him to “make good on his promise to kick the Company the hell out of the largest insurance market in the world. And that’s what I’m calling on Garamendi to do. Period.”
Bourhis is quoted in an article in the Insurance Journal as follows:
John Garamendi was right last October when he called UnumProvident an “outlaw company.” That’s exactly what they are. And Garamendi should make good on his promise to kick them out of California if they continue breaking the law.
The California investigation into Unum’s conduct concluded that the disability insurance company had engaged in widespread violations of state insurance regulations and bad faith claim denials and terminations. According to Bourhis, “The truth is that no matter how much you fine them, it still pays for them to do this. . . The company is making the disabled destitute, policyholders whose claims it was ordered to reopen, wait — often for years — for their reevaluations. This is despite the fact that the law requires claims to be handled ‘promptly, fairly and expeditiously.”
Mr. Bourhis’s letter to California Insurance Commissioner Garamendi is available in full here.
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