Dallas and Fort Worth insurance lawyers know all too well the games some insurance companies play to beat the system. That knowledge has taken on new meaning after reading this story from BloomBerg. The story is titled, State Farm Faces Suit Over Claims It Bankrolled Judge.
Some customers of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. claim the company conspired to help elect an Illinois Supreme Court justice candidate so he could vote to throw out a $1 billion award against the company. Now they will be able to bring their case as a group.
A federal judge on Sept. 16 ruled that 4.7 million State Farm policyholders can band together to sue the insurer for allegedly lying about its efforts to financially back Lloyd Karmeier for a seat on Illinois’ highest court. Customers contend in their class-action lawsuit that State Farm defrauded them by secretly bankrolling Karmeier’s 2004 campaign. In exchange, they allege, Karmeier provided a key appellate vote against upholding the $1 billion verdict in a case over the use of generic parts in car repairs.