Back in June, I posted about the Oregon Supreme Court’s decision in Strawn v. Farmers Insurance Company of Oregon.  This class action involved payments for personal injury protection (PIP) coverage under auto insurance policies.  Farmers used software to analyze claimed medical expenses in comparison with a database of charges for particular medical services in

In recent years there has been a significant amount of class action litigation in various jurisdictions regarding labor rates for repairs on auto claims.  The California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, recently affirmed a denial of class certification in one of these cases, focusing on the fact that the insurer handled each claim in

On August 5th, Farmers Insurance announced a settlement of a nationwide class action in the District Court of Canadian County, Oklahoma, involving med-pay and PIP (personal injury protection) benefits under auto insurance policies.  It was reported in a number of media sources, including the Insurance Journal.  A class had been certified and the certification

The California Court of Appeal recently affirmed a denial of class certification in Fairbanks v. Farmers New World Life Insurance CompanyThe plaintiffs alleged that Farmers violated the California Unfair Competition Law in connection with its marketing and sales of universal life and flexible universal life policies.  The central claim was that Farmers designed

Class action trials are so rare that there is little guidance in court opinions on how these cases should be tried, other than hypothetical discussions in class certification decisions regarding how trials might be conducted.  In Strawn v. Farmers Insurance Company of Oregon, recently reported in Legal Newsline and the Soha & Lang Coverage

Property insurance companies should review their practices with respect to depreciation in California following a new class action lawsuit filed against Farmers Insurance Company in Los Angeles Superior Court.  It looks like this case may remain in the state court because the defendants are California companies and the class is limited to California residents.