9th Circ. Turns To Texas Court On Insurer Bias Case

Law360, New York (April 12, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals panel has asked the Supreme Court of Texas to declare whether state law allows insurers to base their rates on racially discriminatory factors, saying the answer will decide the fate of a putative class action against Farmers Group Inc.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Friday certified to Texas' highest court the question of whether state law lets insurance companies determine policyholders' credit scores using methods that have disparate impacts on certain races.

Plaintiff Patrick Ojo, an African-American Texas...
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