Class Action Defense - Insurance

Overview

As a go-to law firm for class action matters for insurance industry giants and regional carriers alike, BakerHostetler has defended hundreds of class actions against insurers on claims involving property and casualty, life, title, collateral protection and other types of insurance.

Our Insurance Class Action team is adept at managing complex, national class actions, statewide matters, and individual “opt-out” cases because our attorneys have extensive class action procedural knowledge and a thorough understanding of the insurance industry, including coverage types, claims adjustment procedures and related laws and regulations.

Many times we have successfully defended alleged class claims prior to discovery or have substantially limited discovery prior to dispositive motions. Other times we have succeeded in having the class allegations stricken from the case at the outset. And on those occasions when it is best to settle, we are experienced in creatively resolving cases as inexpensively and efficiently as possible. Our attorneys are no stranger to the courtroom and have successfully battled class allegations in Circuit Courts of Appeal, federal district courts and state trial, appellate and supreme courts.

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  • Obtained reversal of certification of a class of more than 44,000 insureds against State Farm Insurance in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Plaintiffs filed a petition for writ of certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court, which was denied. The seminal decision explained and applied several principles of certification of a class action under Rule 23(b)(2) not previously addressed in prior authorities and authoritatively rejected the use of injunctive relief on a class basis for consumer claims.
  • Obtained summary judgment prior to class discovery in alleged class action against Associated Estates Realty Corp., the largest owner of rental property developments in Ohio, challenging the use of non-refundable bonds in lieu of security deposits that sought the return of all bond premiums for a 15-year period. Decision was affirmed on appeal.
  • Obtained affirmance of a summary judgment in favor of Chicago Title, which was accused by a certified class of Florida homeowners of overcharging homeowners for title insurance in their mortgage refinance transactions. The Third District Court of Appeals agreed with the lower court’s summary judgment that language in a Florida regulation did not impose an obligation on title insurers or their agents to conduct such a search or to disclose the availability of a lower reissue rate to the borrower in the refinance transaction. Appellant filed a motion for rehearing en banc, which was denied.
  • Defended three consolidated, alleged class actions against State Farm asserting claims relating to non-duplication clauses applied to benefits under medical payments and uninsured motorist coverage. A case dispositive certified question of law was accepted by Ohio Supreme Court and answered affirmatively in favor of client, reversing decades-old Ohio Supreme Court precedent that allowed insureds to recover for the same medical expenses twice under the medical payments and uninsured motorists coverages.
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Experience

  • Obtained reversal of certification of a class of more than 44,000 insureds against State Farm Insurance in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Plaintiffs filed a petition for writ of certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court, which was denied. The seminal decision explained and applied several principles of certification of a class action under Rule 23(b)(2) not previously addressed in prior authorities and authoritatively rejected the use of injunctive relief on a class basis for consumer claims.
  • Obtained summary judgment prior to class discovery in alleged class action against Associated Estates Realty Corp., the largest owner of rental property developments in Ohio, challenging the use of non-refundable bonds in lieu of security deposits that sought the return of all bond premiums for a 15-year period. Decision was affirmed on appeal.
  • Obtained affirmance of a summary judgment in favor of Chicago Title, which was accused by a certified class of Florida homeowners of overcharging homeowners for title insurance in their mortgage refinance transactions. The Third District Court of Appeals agreed with the lower court’s summary judgment that language in a Florida regulation did not impose an obligation on title insurers or their agents to conduct such a search or to disclose the availability of a lower reissue rate to the borrower in the refinance transaction. Appellant filed a motion for rehearing en banc, which was denied.
  • Defended three consolidated, alleged class actions against State Farm asserting claims relating to non-duplication clauses applied to benefits under medical payments and uninsured motorist coverage. A case dispositive certified question of law was accepted by Ohio Supreme Court and answered affirmatively in favor of client, reversing decades-old Ohio Supreme Court precedent that allowed insureds to recover for the same medical expenses twice under the medical payments and uninsured motorists coverages.

Recognition

  • Recognized as one of the top law firms for client service, we were named to the 2018 BTI Client Service 30 for the fourth consecutive year.

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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
The Top 10 Class-Action-Related Developments of 2017
January 10, 2018
2017 was a relatively quiet year for major class action news, especially in the Supreme Court, which addressed only a handful of cases that might have an impact on class actions and reached decisions only in a couple of those cases...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Kentucky Federal Court Brushes Aside Pre-emptive Attack on Class Allegations in Phishing Case, Rejects Out-of-the-Box Defense Strategy
By David M. McMillan
December 28, 2017
Brushing aside apparent flaws in a proposed class definition, a federal court in Kentucky declined to dismiss class allegations against North Carolina-based pharmacy services provider Pharm-Save Inc. (Pharm-Save) stemming from a W-2...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Seventh Circuit Ties Class Counsel’s Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees to Amount Claimed by Class, in Context of a Judgment
November 20, 2017
On November 14, 2017, the Seventh Circuit issued its third opinion ending a class action that was almost a decade old. Holtzman v. Turza, No. 17-2330, 2017 WL 5450484 (7th Cir. Nov. 14, 2017). The class action alleged that the defendant...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
TCPA Class Denied Certification Due to Binding Authority of Yaakov and Proof of Individualized Issues of Consent
November 13, 2017
A recent order from the Northern District of Illinois granted a defendant’s motion to deny class certification regarding “unsolicited” fax advertisements allegedly sent in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Eleventh Circuit Outlines the Key to an Individual Arbitration Agreement
By Gretchen L. Jewell
October 10, 2017
The Eleventh Circuit recently upheld an arbitration agreement in a consumer class action involving checking overdraft fees. In Johnson v. KeyBank N.A., 11th Cir. No. 15-10779 (Sept. 26, 2017), the plaintiffs brought a putative class action...
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