'Creative Lawyers' Can't Redo Ga. Car Insurance Formula

By Brett Barrouquere (September 3, 2021, 4:37 PM EDT) -- A Georgia federal judge rejected class certification for a group of State Farm policyholders, saying "another generation of creative lawyers" had failed to show that a court-approved formula for determining how much value a car loses in auto insurance claims is commonly wrong.

U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land on Thursday took issue with how attorneys representing a purported class proposed to rework how the value of damaged cars is assessed in an insurance claim.

The method of case-by-case appraisals proposed by the attorneys would create a situation where individual issues would predominate over common ones, making classwide resolution impossible, Judge...

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