Class Cert. Premature In Insurer Antitrust Suit: Judge

Law360, New York (November 29, 2011, 8:46 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday declined to certify four classes of consumers who claim State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. and other insurers violated antitrust law by selling inferior insurance policies, but gave the plaintiffs a chance to make their case again.

U.S. District Judge James Ware ruled that class certification was premature because the plaintiffs had failed to show classwide injury from the alleged antitrust violations by State Farm, Geico General Insurance Co. and Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co.

The plaintiffs filed suit against...
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