Insurance Carrier Price-Fixing Material Cost Roofing

#1

Hello Everyone!

I have been adjusting claims for the past forty years and elected to pursue the public adjusting side of claims four and a half years ago. I recently ran into a claim in which Safeco/Liberty appear to be in collusion with an outfit by the name of Materia Supply Werehouse, Inc. The more that I dig into this matter, the more that this situation is troubling.

In the early days, before Xactimate and Simsol or any estimating software property adjusters completed market surveys by calling several repair contractors in a given area. We recorded the unit costs with high and lows and did our best to identify a fair prevailing rate for given repair/replace applications. Now, the vast majority of the insurance carriers utilize Xactimate.

Yes, there are areas in Xactimate that still cause some concern, but all in all, I believe Xactimate does a pretty good job and most repair contractors accept the unit cost allowances provided in their respective areas. Most of the complaints are generated from the insurance adjusters not properly identifying the full scope of the damage required for the repairs at a property. A very hot and heated subject is overhead and profit.

Now comes along a Liberty Mutual/Safeco program in collusion with an outfit by the name of Material Supply Werehouse Inc. The carrier is peeling off 6 to 8 dollars a square on the roofing unit cost provided through Xactimate and stating the prevailing rate is being set by Material Supply Warehouse, Inc. Please also bear in mind, the carrier is dictating the price to the Material Supply Warehouse. Inc. folks according to my sources. Something about this scenario is inherently wrong and I am reaching out to this community for help.

1- Does anyone know if Material Supply Warehouse. Inc. is associated with Madsky Inc.?
2- Has anyone out there run into this scenario?
3- This program appears to have been implemented just in time for the 2019 hail season?

THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS ISSUE…INSURANCE CARRIERS CANNOT FIX PRICES!

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#2

I believe it is affiliated with MadSky. This program has been around now for several years. You should call those morons from MSW. The guy we talked to was out of Colorado. All he does is tries to work with a local ABC Supply to supply the shingles. And that’s all they will supply, at least that what’s we were told. No cap, no starter, no other accessories. For the most part, it’s just LM/Safeco’s attempt to further lower their low ball claim scopes.

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#3

Thank you, sir. I spoke to a representative at MSW who stated that he was in Kansas City. When queried further he stated that they had an office in Colorado. This Madsky (Colorado) outfit claims that they are going to “revolutionize the roofing industry”. Wow, what an egoic claim. They appear to have a slick sales agenda, but the bottom line, this is collusion with an insurance carrier to fix or control the free market place and is in my professional opinion illegal. It seems to be a unique developed compartmentalization program of collusion that has been planned and schemed.

PLEASE, EVERYONE, send in specific details of any case that you may have encountered. There are a few law firms that have expressed interest. We need data, My belief the carrier can bleed off 1,000 to 3,000 a claim which does not have any legal interest, but a number of claims collectively on a class action could be a sizable amount needed to bust these buzzards on deception and possibly collusion.

Kind regards and Let’s empower the consumer!

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#4

I believe Aspen in headquartered in KC. They are owned by Nussback. I believe he is the driving force behind MadSky.

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#5

My company has attempted to work with both the Madsky program and through normal direct customer sales for the past year and I have seen the same thing.

When dealing with Liberty and safeco outside of the madsky program we see the same materials supply warehouse inc and a claim that that is a fair price on the estimates. But if you call the number, fax or email you will not reach anyone. Ever.

By recording those calls and emails and sending that evidence with our supplement we have ‘won’ regular pricing every time. If you are experiencing this I would give it a try.

Due to our contract, and my position in my company I will not give more detail about the Madsky program, but it is just as shady as you would expect. Underpayment on claims quotas and not paying us their ‘partners’ we are not continuing with them this season.

Additionally if you look for the Materials supply warehouse LLC business information you will be hit with a few interesting anachronisms. They have no website listing for the sate of Colorado, their business listing on COOPENDATA shows a process address that is not a warehouse and they are not registered with the BBB. Shady. If anyone can find more information about them I would love to give them a piece of my mind

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#6

I have no knowledge of or expertise in high volume insurance work but I have
to say, Hooray for class action lawsuits! Let’s punish those guys and make sure an even sleazier law firm makes millions. Oh by the way, the people who got screwed will receive a check for $37.

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#7

You are so correct Tileman. However, the real purpose (generally) of class action law suits is to make money for the law firm filing the class action and to punitively punish the offending party in order to discourage them from repeating their offensive/illegal behavior.

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#8

Authentic,
Of course you’re right and the only thing regrettable is the lawyers making a killing while necessarily punishing the wrongdoers, while the people who got screwed get pennies.

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#9

Thank you to everyone for your input and comments. Yes, there is merit for consideration in the unfairness of the claim system and good points with the insights of whom really makes the dollars on a class action. We just learned about the “good hands” folks getting popped for 1.5 million on the proverbial cosmetic hail endorsement here in Texas. Hells bells, now the cosmetic waivers are standard practice. With one golf ball producing storm, one’s metal roof becomes uninsurable period. The roof might look like crap, but along as it shedding water, the carriers are saying it is good to go. Wow! What a scheme, eliminating their exposure on metal roofs! Millions and millions to their profits.

Seriously, guys, the insurance folks are very crafty at their schemes. If the carriers can peel back 1500.00 to 2500.00 per roof claim, they know no one will take them to the mat. It’s just the plain truth and business. These guys are big and have deep pockets. The only way to fight them is to hit them hard in their checkbooks. Sometimes that changes bad behavior. But in consideration of this Liberty Mutual/Safeco dance on a National level 300,000 claim in a given hail season adds up to more millions to savings on their bottom line.

Its a cold hard battle for the consumers and roofing industry to fight and the carriers are banking on the small 10,000.00 to 40,000.00, knowing that the bottom line will deter the fight by the public, roofing contractors and public adjusters. I wish there was a better way and the spoils of the wins would be distributed more fairly to the hard-working consumers and roofing contractors across the country.

My hope is we continue to keep this conversation going, maybe we will find a better solution. Insurance claims are such dirty words for most folks. If we stand united, we stand strong!

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#10

There is a much better solution. That’s for Contractors doing insurance work to actually learn the proper way to work with the Insurance Companies. It is a specialty skill just the same as installing a tile or slate roof is. If Roofers will learn how to take proper inspection and property photos, to educate the Homeowners and properly set expectations to solicit their support and to submit professional and proper supplements, things will change.

From what I’ve seen, perhaps 5 Roofing Contractors out of 100 really have their act together for doing insurance restoration work. Rest assured, that 5% does really well. Perhaps another 15 to 25% has some kind of clue but leaves a lot of money on the table and fights battles inefficiently. That leaves 70 to 80% that just do the work for what the insurance is willing to pay without putting up a meaningful battle to have them pay what they’re owed.

So don’t totally blame the IC’s for the issues. The Contractors are their own worst enemy in most cases.

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#11

Wrong nussbeck, pat owns aspen, LC Owens madsky

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#12

Okay, but there is a relationship there, correct?

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#13

Yes, brothers! But I’m not sure they are brotherly to each other these days lol. So no collusion between aspen and mad sky I would guess.

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#14

LC started Aspen, then sold it to brother Pat maybe 10 years or so ago.

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#15

They are not a warehouse as you would think I’m sure. They are likely the purchasing arm of mad sky. Mad sky has an agreement with virtually every supplier in the country for roofing materials. I’m sure the ins companies involved in the mad sky program are using his material price as a “fair” market price. However, if you are not in the program, you can’t touch his price thru any supply house, you don’t have his clout! I’m not sure this constitutes a violation of the Sherman act “price fixing” as much as it’s cost control to the extreme. What kind of number are they telling you the cost of a standard (30 yr) laminated shingle is thru This materials warehouse inc is?

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#16

Not every vendor participates in Mad Sky. We use Beacon/RSG, the local branch we buy from in Alabama has never heard of MadSky, MSW or anything about their special pricing. The pricing is only good for shingles, not even cap or starter. So what good does it do to buy the shingles only from ABC, pay an additional delivery fee and order everything else from RSG? Twice as much overhead internally plus we’d lose our purchasing power with RSG.

Their pricing is $2 to $4 less than what we pay. I’m just happy we don’t have to deal with LM/Safeco that often, horrible insurance company to deal with.

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#17

All, repeat, all the nation distribution companies have a purchase deal with mad sky. Your local branch my not deal with them in your area, so isn’t privy to the national deal. Mad sky gets the materials at a huge discount that I guaranty you is way more than 2-4 bucks a sq. They back the sale so the supplier knows the money is good. Mad sky gets the difference between what you pay, and the deal they have worked, plus’s all the manufacturer back ends. As for the ridge and starter not being in the deal, makes no sense to me why it wouldn’t be. The ins company see it as a savings to them, the supplier sees it as safe money. They sell it to the roofer as easy sales and great leads. It’s an ingenious plan if it works out. A true win win deal lol

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#18

Yes I have seen this with safeco… the price is dramatically lower because they say you can buy from this company so that all they will pay.

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