State Challenges State Farm Rates In Texas

AUSTIN (April 25, 2013)--The state's consumer advocate is challenging State Farm Insurance Co.'s 20 percent rate hike for Texas homeowners as being too high.

A hearing before two administrative law judges in Austin could last through Friday.

Public insurance counsel Deeia Beck on Wednesday urged the judges to roll back State Farm's rate increase affecting 1.2 million homeowners, saying the company imposed the rate hike in December despite good profits and a drop in claims.

State Farm attorneys say an even larger rate hike could have been justified because of weather-related losses in recent years.

Company lawyers say Texas regulators did not object to the proposed increase.

Beck's office says the average Texas premium should be $1,299 annually. That's about $280 less than the company's estimate.

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