RICO Claim Against State Farm, Settled for $250 Million
RICO claim against State Farm, settled for $250 million.
Mark Hale, Laurie Loger and Todd Shadle, all former State Farm insureds were court
appointed class representatives in Avery vs State Farm which resulted in a $1.181 billion
jury verdict in 1999 in Illinois state court. Therein, the issue was State Farm's designating
aftermarket crash parts for its insured's vehicle repairs rather than using parts made by the original
manufacturer as required by the insurance policy.
In 2005, the verdict was reversed by the Illinois Supreme Court with the State Farm
sponsored candidate Justice Karmeier casting the vote to break a tie on the Illinois Supreme Court.
At that time, State Farm claimed to have contributed only $300,000.00 to the Karmeier campaign
fund. Karmeier would not recuse himself, even in light of rumors that State Farm had contributed
millions of dollars to his campaign. In that context, the two Supreme Court candidates each spent
about $5 million in this respective campaign..
In 2009 the Caperton vs Mansey Coal decision was handed down by the United States
Supreme Court involving a similar factual occurrence in the West Virginia Supreme Court
election. Thereupon, Plaintiffs requested the Illinois Supreme Court to recall the mandate and
revisit the Karmeier recusal issue. After being rebuffed again by the Illinois Supreme Court,
plaintiffs, with the evidence developed by two retired FBI agents, filed a lawsuit alleging RICO
violations in connection with State Farm's pleadings previously filed in the Illinois Court and the
United States Supreme Court.
Plaintiffs sought recovery of $1.2 billion plus legal interest since 1999. A nine person jury
was selected in August 29, 2018 with opening statements scheduled September 4, 2018. The case
settled September 4, 2018 and was preliminarily approved by Judge Herndon on the same day.
The settlement class members consists of the original Avery class.
Mark Hale, et al. vs State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, etal., No:, 3:12-
cv-00600-DRH-SCW United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.
Plaintiffs Counsel: Gordon Ball, Law Office of Gordon Ball, Knoxville, TN; Don Ban-ett of
Barrett Law Group PA, Lexington, MS; Patrick W. Pendley, Nicholas R. Rockforte, Pendley,
Baudin & Coffin, LLP, Plaquemine, LA; Robert Clifford and George S. Bellas, Clifford Law
Offices Chicago, IL; Robert J. Nelson and Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann &
Bernstein LLP,, San Francisco, CA; Brent W. Landau, Hausfeld, LLC, Philadelphia,, PA; Steven
P. Blonder, Much Shelist, PC, Chicago. IL: Richard Taylor and Steven Martino Taylor, Martino,
PC, Mobile, AL; Thomas Thrash of Thrash Law Firm, PA, Little Rock, Arkansas..
T.A. Myers & Co., Amndas Co. Forensic Accountants
Richard Means, Oakpark, Illinois, Campaign & Election La