State Farm Must Face RICO Claims Over Campaign Funding

By Dean Seal (February 9, 2018, 4:45 PM EST) -- An Illinois federal judge has refused to drop a class action alleging State Farm secretly funneled millions to a judge's election campaign with hopes that he'd overturn a state court's $1.05 billion judgment against it, rejecting the insurer's argument that the racketeering claims are an attempt to relitigate the state court case.

U.S. District Judge David R. Herndon said in his opinion Tuesday that the case at hand, which accuses State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. of quietly recruiting and funding Judge Lloyd Karmeier to run for an open seat on the Illinois Supreme Court so he could overturn the judgment...

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