EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill., Oct. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A $250 million settlement has been reached in the previously certified class action lawsuit, Hale v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Case No. 12-cv-00660-DRH, filed in 2012. For comprehensive information about the claims, rulings, and events in the case, visit www.HalevStateFarmClassAction.com. The Defendants deny that they did anything wrong. The Court has not decided who is right.
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. The complete class definition is available at www.HalevStateFarmClassAction.com.
The Defendants have agreed to establish a Settlement Fund of $250 million. Class Members who received notice in the mail or via email do not need to take any action to receive a payment (unless they have an Arkansas or Tennessee address). However, Class Members may call or visit the website to confirm or update their address or to request an electronic payment. Those who were not sent notice, but believe they are included in the Class, should visit www.HalevStateFarmClassAction.com and file an online claim, by January 31, 2019. They may also call toll-free 1-844-420-6491 and request a paper claim form be mailed to them.
Class Members may object to the Settlement by November 17, 2018. The Notice available on www.HalevStateFarmClassAction.com explains how to object. The Court will hold a hearing on December 13, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. to consider whether to finally approve the Settlement and a request for attorneys' fees of up to one-third of the Settlement Amount, reimbursement of reasonable expenses, and service awards of $25,000 to each of the three Class Representatives. Class Members may appear at the hearing, either by themselves or through an attorney hired by them, but do not have to. For more information, call 1-844-420-6491 or visit www.HalevStateFarmClassAction.com. Neither State Farm personnel nor State Farm agents are authorized to discuss this case. Please do not call a State Farm agent about this case.
SOURCE United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois