Insurance Scheme Used Unfair Inspections To Hike Rates: Suit

Law360, New York (September 12, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT) -- A Florida homeowner lodged a suit in federal court Tuesday against insurance services contractor Mueller Services Inc., accusing the company of using faulty inspections to give Citizens Property Insurance Corp. justification for raising premiums in violation of a Florida law providing discounts to homeowners with proper wind protection.

Plaintiff Stephanie Ritchie said Mueller and Citizens, which is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, launched a scheme to re-inspect hundreds of thousands of homes owned by Citizens policyholders who were receiving valid insurance discounts under...
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