State Farm Can't Stop RICO Suit Over Illinois Judge Campaign

By Andrew Strickler (July 3, 2018, 8:57 PM EDT) -- A slew of factual disputes remain in a class action accusing State Farm of secretly spending millions to get a judge elected to the Illinois Supreme Court and help overturn a $1.05 billion judgment against the company, a federal judge said Tuesday in an order denying the insurer and other defendants a win.

U.S. District Judge David R. Herndon said a group of plaintiff-policyholders had presented enough evidence to support allegations that Judge Lloyd Karmeier had been aware State Farm was central in recruiting him to run for the seat, managing his campaign and securing most of his campaign funding. Moreover,...

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