Florida's Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher announced todaythat a review of Allstate Floridian Insurance Company's request fora 28.2 percent average increase in homeowners' rates found"deficiencies and raises troubling questions about the company'smotives in seeking rate increases."

He charged that Allstate's Florida company had tried to justifyraises in local rates based on Allstate losses in other states.

In response, company spokesman Ryan Priest said the companybelieves its request is "necessary, justified and legal."

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