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Illinois Department of Insurance Issues Order Against Universal Casualty

$200,000 fine for failing to adopt and maintain procedures for the prompt investigation and settlement of consumers’ claims

The Illinois Department of Insurance has issued an order against Universal Casualty Corporation (UCC) for failing to adopt and maintain procedures for the prompt investigation and settlement of consumers’ claims – reported Insurance Networking.

As a result, UCC is mandated to pay a $200,000 fine and correct its claims processes immediately.

In January 2008, the department ordered UCC to create and maintain improved claims investigation and resolution procedures. However, complaints from consumers continued to come in about UCC’s failure to properly address or resolve property damage and liability claims.

Acting on behalf of Illinois consumers, the department initiated additional punitive measures and a new investigation of UCC on July 27, 2009.

As per the terms of the fine, $100,000 is payable in the event that the Department’s current examination finds that UCC’s corrective measures are unsatisfactory. The order also requires that UCC must revisit and satisfactorily resolve several hundred previous consumer complaints.

If UCC fails to undertake reforms as required by the order, it is subject to further disciplinary measures, as quoted in insurancenetworking.com.