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Allstate has released approximately 150,000 pages of documents pertaining to a review of its claim practices conducted in the 1990s — referred to as the McKinsey documents — in order to dispel what it says are inaccurate portrayals of its business practices.The documents, which are available at Allstate’s web site, have been the subject of a book written by David Berardinelli called From Good Hands to Boxing Gloves. In the book, Berardinelli discusses how the consulting firm McKinsey and Co. allegedly reengineered Allstate’s claim-management system — referred to as Claim Core Process Redesign — in order to unfairly maximize profits. It has been speculated that these techniques involved offering low initial settlements followed by a tougher, hardball approach if the settlement was not quickly agreed to by the policyholder. Allstate has refused judicial orders since 2004 that called for the company to release a PowerPoint presentation that contained the alleged McKinsey documents and has paid significant fines for not doing so.

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