An interesting lawsuit has been filed against State Farm in Tennessee. The case arises out of a $1 billion class action lawsuit, involving some most serious charges against a judge. It’s alleged in the lawsuit that State Farm and its lawyers got an Illinois Supreme Court Justice elected by pumping $2.5 to $4 million into his campaign through PACs. It’s further alleged that six months later the judge cast a deciding vote to reverse on appeal a $1.05 billion class action consumer fraud judgment against State Farm involving bogus replacement parts for wrecked cars.
The Plaintiffs in the case seek to have the reversal vacated and the original judgment restored to correct a judgment allegedly obtained “through fraud and concealment.” The Plaintiffs contend that “State Farm’s extraordinary financial and political support for the Justice’s 2004 campaign created a constitutionally-unacceptable risk of bias such that his participation and vote to reverse the $1.05 billion judgment deprived the Plaintiffs of their ‘due process rights.’” The Plaintiffs had previously requested the judge to recuse himself from the case, but that request was refused. Gorden Bell, a lawyer from Nashville, and former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson are representing the Plaintiffs in this case. They have made some very serious charges against both State Farm and a judge in the case. It will be most interesting to see how all of this plays out.
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