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Court orders American Keystone Insurance Co. into Receivership
Monday, October 12, 2009
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Jack McDermott                             Tom Zutell
850-413-2515                              850-413-2515
Jack.McDermott@floir.com              Tom.Zutell@floir.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Circuit Court on Friday granted the Department of Financial Services’ (Department) petition for an Order appointing the Department as receiver for the purposes of liquidating American Keystone Insurance Co. (American Keystone). Pursuant to state law, Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty last week sent a letter to the Department stating that one or more grounds exist for the initiation of liquidation proceedings.
 
The Office of Insurance Regulation has been closely monitoring American Keystone since last November. Last month, American Keystone submitted its August financial statement which indicated the company was in an impaired state due to insufficient funds to pay private reinsurers and the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund.
 
“We worked with the company to resolve the outstanding issues,” said Commissioner McCarty. “However, when it became evident the issues could not be remedied; I had to take action to protect their policyholders.”
 
The legislature created the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association (FIGA) as a safety net for policyholders with claims expected to be paid by an insolvent insurance company. Any American Keystone policyholder who has an outstanding claim should contact FIGA at 1-800-988-1450. Any other questions about billing or policy questions should be directed to American Keystone's customer service department at 1-877-350-9777. As of June 30, 2009, American Keystone had 7,618 personal and commercial residential policies in force.
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Jack McDermott                             Tom Zutell
850-413-2515                              850-413-2515
Jack.McDermott@floir.com              Tom.Zutell@floir.com

About the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (Office) has primary responsibility for regulation, compliance and enforcement of statutes related to the business of insurance and the monitoring of industry markets. For more information about the Office, please visit www.floir.com or follow us on Twitter @FLOIR_comm.

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