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Auto-Owners Insurance Claims Depreciation of Labor Multi-State Class Action

When an insurance company calculates a payout for property damage, it may take the cost of a new equivalent structure, then subtract depreciation. But can depreciation be subtracted from labor costs? In certain states, or under certain policies, it cannot, claims the complaint for this class action. It brings suit against Auto-Owners Insurance Company, claiming  Read more

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Safeco Insurance of Illinois Sales Tax on Total Losses Missouri Class Action

When an insurance company must pay for a vehicle that is a total loss from an accident or that has been stolen, what items must be figured into the payout? The complaint for this class action alleges that Safeco Insurance Company of Illinois is required to pay sales tax as part of the payment for  Read more

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Ohio Insurance Claims Nonmaterial Depreciation Settlement

This settlement resolves a class action against four insurance companies: Liberty Insurance Corporation, Safeco Insurance Company of Indiana, LM Insurance Corporation, and Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company. The complaint alleged the companies improperly deducted depreciation on nonmaterial costs like labor when adjusting claims.  Read more

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Carefirst BlueChoice Coverage for IVF Embryo Thawing Maryland Class Action

If Carefirst BlueChoice, Inc. insurance policies in Maryland must cover in-vitro fertilizations (IVF), what aspects of this procedure must they pay for? The complaint for this class action alleges that Carefirst is refusing to cover embryo thawing, which the complaint calls “an essential component of most IVF cycles.”  Read more

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PEMCO Mutual Insurance Deductions from Total Loss Payments Settlement

This $14 million settlement resolves a class action against PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company. The complaint alleged that the company calculated total loss payouts by using Autosource estimates, then deducting amounts for “typical negotiations” in a way that the complaint said was not factually supported, reasonable, or allowed by the laws of the state of Washington.  Read more

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USAA Insurance PIP Claims Settlement

This settlement resolves two lawsuits against United Services Automobile Association (USAA), USAA Casualty Insurance Company, USAA General Indemnity Company, and Garrison Property and Casualty Insurance Company. The complaints for both cases allege that the companies did not pay the full amounts of bills for health care under the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverages of auto  Read more

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Kinder Morgan Reduction of Retirement Benefits ERISA Class Action

The first paragraph of the complaint calls this class action “a case study in what can happen to the retirement benefits of employees after a series of corporate acquisitions and divestitures.” It brings suit against Kinder Morgan, Inc., the Kinder Morgan Retirement Plan A, and two individuals, the plan’s claims administrator and a member of  Read more

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Geico General Insurance Unfair Processing of Claims Class Action

The complaint for this class action alleges that Geico General Insurance Company withheld information about benefits under an auto policy, was slow in processing claims, and made an offer of compensation that was too low.  Read more

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State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Underpayment of Wage Benefits Class Action

If a person is injured in a car accident, what must the auto insurance company pay for lost earnings due to the accident? The complaint for this class action alleges that State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company makes calculations that are improper under New York state’s insurance laws and pays accident victims less than they  Read more

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Grange Insurance Companies Sales Tax, Fees on ACV Settlement

A settlement has been reached in a class action against Grange Indemnity Insurance Company, Grange Insurance Company (formerly, Grange Mutual Casualty Company), Grange Property and Casualty, and Trustgard Insurance Company. The class action alleged that the companies did not pay insureds who submitted physical damage claims the full actual cash value (ACV) of totaled vehicles.  Read more

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