I'm very sorry to hear of the situation.
The fact that a company may change it's name or may even sell the business to a new owner, does not work to terminate the contracts
in existence immediately before the changeover. Rather the contractual obligations of the both the customer, and the company remain the same.
Likewise, a contract signed initially 9 years ago, which contains an automatic renewal clause in it, continues to be effective as to future automatic renewals, until such tome as the customer, or the company, give notice under the contract as to the non-renewal for a future period of time.
The only way that you can avoid the obligation of the automatic renewal, is to abide by the terms of the original agreement and give the proper---typically written---notice of intent not to renew for the new period of time---24 months or 36 months.
I wish you the best in 2012.
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