In an unusual move, Allstate Insurance Co. took the offense by filing counterclaims against agents who filed a lawsuit against the carrier last August. The agents sued the Northbrook, Ill.-based carrier for age discrimination and violation of federal civil rights laws they claim occurred when Allstate terminated them in June 2000 (see September 2001, page 8).Allstate filed its counterclaims against the agents in March in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia-charging the agents with unjust enrichment, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing. Allstate is requesting compensatory, punitive and other damages in an amount to be determined by a jury.

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