Last week, in my August 7, 2012 post, I reported on a new class action filed against AIG/Chartis involving the subrogation “made whole” doctrine.  A recent Florida federal district court decision in a putative class action on this issue is significant because it struck the class allegations on the pleadings.

In Vandenbrink v. State

A recent report and recommendation by a federal magistrate judge in Arizona recommends that partial summary judgment be granted in favor of a certified class of insureds, in a property insurance class action involving polybutylene (PB) plumbing.  Given this result, other insurance companies might see new “piggyback” class action filings on this issue, which potentially

Several notable recent class action filings against insurers have come across my desk (or computer screen) and seem worthy of interest to readers of this blog.  I will summarize and comment briefly on them.  If you’d like a copy of any of the complaints, just e-mail me.

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The Colorado Supreme Court recently issued several new decisions on class certification, one of which was in an insurance class action – State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Reyher, Case No. 10SC77, 2011 Colo. LEXIS 844 (Colo. Oct. 31, 2011).  This was one of many putative class actions that have been filed involving

Insurance companies writing Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage in New York with optional extended benefits should pay careful attention to a class action recently brought against State Farm.  Judge Block of the Eastern District of New York recently denied a motion to dismiss in this case.  This may result in additional filings against other insurers.

I previously posted on the Seventh Circuit’s opinion reversing class certification in Kartman v. State Farm Mutual Auto. Ins. Co., where the plaintiffs claimed that State Farm improperly applied inconsistent standards in adjusting hail damage claims.  Law360 recently reported on the petition for certiorari in that case.  (I don’t have a link to the

The Seventh Circuit recently reversed a class certification against State Farm in a case involving hail damage claims.  This decision is likely to be frequently cited in insurance coverage-related class actions.  In Kartman v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., Plaintiffs asserted that State Farm’s adjustments of hail damage to roofs were inconsistent — in one