In September Allstate Insurance Company was ordered by the Missouri Supreme Court to produce documents regarding their claims payment practices.  According to an article in the Kansas City Star, the documents show a pattern of abuse in regard to claims handling procedures at Allstate, a pattern that has allegedly allowed the company to reap huge profits at the expense of shortchanged customers.

Allstate incurs a $25,000 contempt fine each day they refuse to comply with the court’s order.  The price tag for its refusal to comply at this point, December 2007 is $2.4 million.  Obviously not complying with the court’s order is more valuable than $2.4 million to Allstate.  How much more valuable is still to be seen.