Thomson Reuters has honored three Miller Schirger attorneys in its Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers 2021 edition, including founding partners Steve Miller and John Schirger, and partner Matt Lytle. The 2021 edition of Missouri and Kansas Rising Stars has honored partners Joseph Feierabend and Toby Hausner.
Steve Miller has been recognized by Super Lawyers in the area of construction litigation since its inception in 2005. He is also honored to have been previously selected to the Top 50 Kansas City Attorneys, and to have been previously identified as one of the Top 100 Missouri and Kansas Attorneys. In the area of business litigation, John Schirger has been recognized by Super Lawyers since 2011 and has previously been recognized as a Top 100 Missouri and Kansas Attorney. Matt Lytle, a former Rising Star (2011-2012), has been recognized by Super Lawyers in the area of class action/mass torts since 2013.
Joseph Feierabend and Toby Hausner have been named to the Rising Stars list since 2019. Eligibility for inclusion on the Rising Stars list is based on the candidate being either 40 years old or younger, or in practice of law for 10 years or less. The top 2.5 percent of attorneys make the Rising Stars list in each state.
Candidates for Super Lawyers are identified through peer nomination, evaluation and independent research. The attorneys are evaluated on 12 indicators of professional achievement and peer recognition, including experience, representative clients, verdicts and settlements, honors and awards, and pro bono and community service. The top 5 percent are selected to Super Lawyers.
Miller Schirger LLC and co-counsel Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP have settled a nationwide class action lawsuit against USAA Life Insurance Company (USAA) over alleged life insurance policy overcharges. The settlement was approved by the court on August 26, 2021 and provides that USAA will pay $90 million (less fees and expenses) in cash compensation to approximately 110,000 policyholders who own or owned a UL1, UL2, UL3, or UL4 life insurance policy sold and administered by USAA.
The case is Roy Spegele vs. USAA Life Insurance Company and was filed in September 2017 in the Western District of Texas (San Antonio) on behalf of Roy Spegele and other individuals who own or owned the UL1, UL2, UL3, or UL4 policy. The suit alleged that USAA breached the policies by overcharging policyholders through cost of insurance and expense charges within the policies and failed to reduce certain charges despite improving expectations of future mortality, causing the policies to lose value and in many cases lapse, leaving many without life insurance. USAA denied all liability or wrongdoing.
Miller Schirger has a successful record prosecuting class action cases alleging policy overcharges against the life insurance industry. In June 2018, Miller Schirger obtained a jury verdict of $34.3 million on behalf of a Missouri class of policyholders against State Farm Life Insurance Company. Trial was held in the Western District of Missouri, Central Division before the Honorable Judge Nanette Laughrey. In May 2018, Miller Schirger announced that a California court granted final approval of a nationwide class action settlement in the amount of $59.75 million against John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.). In March 2016, Miller Schirger announced that an Indiana court granted final approval of a nationwide class action settlement valued at approximately $2.25 billion against The Lincoln National Life Insurance Company.
Miller Schirger LLC is a Kansas City, Missouri, based law firm focused on resolving complex disputes on behalf of businesses and individuals nationwide. The firm has a proven track record of success representing plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal trial and appellate courts, before administrative and regulatory tribunals, and in arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings nationwide. www.millerschirger.com.