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October 20, 2020

Applied Fights Back Against the California Department of Insurance


San Francisco, October 20, 2020 -- Applied Underwriters, Inc. and Applied Risk Services, Inc. today filed a lawsuit against the Insurance Commissioner of the State of California and others in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, asserting five claims under the U.S. Constitution.

Represented by trial lawyers from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, Applied Underwriters and Applied Risk Services allege that the California Department of Insurance acted in bad faith and abused its authority under state law in ways that have caused substantial harm to the companies.

As Applied Underwriters and Applied Risk Services allege in the complaint, the California Department of Insurance placed California Insurance Company (“CIC”) into a conservatorship under false pretenses and has abused its authority by trying to force Applied Underwriters to relinquish its rights in connection with the Department’s unlawful actions.

According to Mr. Alan Quasha, Chairman of Applied, “The California Department of Insurance has held CIC hostage in a conservatorship for over a year, despite the fact that CIC is fully solvent, has an “A” rating, and remains fully committed to its California customers. Despite many good faith efforts to resolve these issues, the Department unfortunately seems intent on wasting state resources, harming consumers, and attacking businesses that provide essential services to consumers in California and around the country. It is time to put an end the Department’s abusive behavior and hold it accountable for the harms it has caused.”

According to Mr. Quasha, “The California Department of Insurance has repeatedly acknowledged California Insurance Company’s considerable capital, surplus, and deposits, and that the proposed CIC merger presents no risk to California policyholders. While there may be situations where a conservation makes sense, this is certainly not one of those. There is no justification for the Department’s ongoing campaign to harm not only CIC but also Applied Underwriters. The California Department of Insurance has instituted and appears set on maintaining an unnecessary and unlawful conservation over a fully solvent private company, which is a wasteful use of taxpayer money and precious state resources. Instead of using its authority in good faith and to protect California consumers, the California Department of Insurance seems intent on punishing CIC and also Applied Underwriters. The law protects against this sort of abusive behavior, and Applied Underwriters now seeks to hold the California Department of Insurance accountable for its actions.”

For further information contact:
Mr. Jeffrey Silver at (402) 393-1984 or at   California Insurance Company holds an A.M. Best Rating of “A”.
Ratings issuer AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of ‘A’ (Excellent) and Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of ‘A’ of five companies collectively referred to as North American Casualty Group (NAC). The companies with the affirmed ratings are: California Insurance Co. (CIC), Continental Indemnity Co., Illinois Insurance Co., Texas Insurance Co. and Pennsylvania Insurance Co. All companies are domiciled in Santa Fe, New Mexico. NAC’s risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), is assessed at the strongest level, and AM Best expects it to remain at a similar level in prospective years. Balance sheet strength also benefits from the company’s strong liquidity profile, conservative investment strategy, and disciplined reserving. The ratings agency said NAC has a track record of “strong operating earnings, underpinned by its robust underwriting performance” and demonstrated by a five-year average return on equity ratio of 13.1% and a combined ratio averaging 75% (2015-2019).

Applied Underwriters and Applied Risk Services, Inc.
Applied Underwriters® is a global risk services firm that helps businesses and people manage uncertainty through its business services, insurance, and reinsurance solutions. As a company, Applied Underwriters has been distinguished by its innovative approaches to client care and by its strong financial strength. Applied Underwriters operates throughout the U.S. Its operational headquarters is located in Omaha, Nebraska.

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