EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill., May 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The lawsuit claims that State Farm, Ed Murnane and William Shepherd (the "Defendants") violated the RICO statute in an attempt to overturn, in the Illinois Supreme Court, a $1.05 billion judgment in favor of approximately 4.7 million State Farm policyholders, which would allow State Farm to avoid paying the amount of the judgment rendered in plaintiffs' favor in the trial court. The Defendants deny all allegations of wrongdoing, including specifically that they violated RICO. The Court has not decided who is right. A trial is scheduled to begin on September 4, 2018.
The Court decided that the Class includes individuals in the United States (except Arkansas and Tennessee) who, between July 28, 1987, and February 24, 1998, (1) were insured by a vehicle casualty insurance policy issued by State Farm and (2) made a claim for vehicle repairs pursuant to their policy and had non-factory authorized and/or non-OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) 'crash parts' installed on or specified for their vehicles or else received monetary compensation determined in relation to the cost of such parts.
Class Members must choose whether to stay in the Class. If Class Members stay in the Class, and money or benefits are obtained for the Class, they will be notified about how they can share in any benefits for which they are eligible. Class Members will be bound by all orders and judgments of the Court, whether favorable or not, and they won't be able to sue the Defendants for the claims at issue in this case. If Class Members want to stay in the Class, THEY DO NOT HAVE TO DO ANYTHING NOW.
To be excluded from the lawsuit, Class Members must send a letter asking to be excluded. Instructions for making this request can be found at www.HalevStateFarmClassAction.com or by calling toll-free 1-844-420-6491. Class Members must mail their exclusion request postmarked by August 14, 2018. If Class Members exclude themselves, they cannot get any money or benefits from this lawsuit, but they will not be bound by any orders or judgments in this case. If Class Members do not request exclusion, they may (but do not have to) enter an appearance in the Court through their own counsel. Detailed information is available at www.HalevStateFarmClassAction.com and toll-free at 1-844-420-6491. Class Members should not call their State Farm agent about this case.
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SOURCE Eastern division or United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois