On September 20, 2021, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington certified a Washington statewide class action against State Farm Life Insurance Company. The life insurance product at issue is State Farm’s Universal Life Insurance Policy, Form 94030.
Plaintiff alleges that State Farm overcharged policyholders through cost of insurance and other charges within the policies and committed conversion of policyholder money.
The case is William T. Whitman vs. State Farm Life Insurance Company and is pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. The plaintiffs are represented by Miller Schirger, Stueve Siegel Hanson, Barrack, Rodos & Bacine, and Sarraf Gentile LLP. A copy of Judge Barbara J. Rothstein’s Order granting class certification can be read <here>.
Miller Schirger has a successful record prosecuting class action cases alleging policy overcharges against the life insurance industry. Most recently, in August 2021, a Texas court approved a $90 million nationwide class action settlement against USAA Life Insurance Company. In June 2018, a jury awarded $34.3 million to State Farm Life Insurance policyholders at a class-action trial in Missouri. In May 2018, a California Court approved a $59.75 million nationwide class action settlement against John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.). In 2016, an Indiana Court granted final approval of a class action settlement valued at approximately $2.25 billion against The Lincoln National Life Insurance Company.