National Western Can Record Class' Calls In RICO Suit

Law360, New York (March 11, 2011, 3:35 PM EST) -- A federal magistrate judge in California ruled Thursday that National Western Life Insurance Co. may obtain recordings of phone calls from potential class members to the class administrator in a lawsuit alleging the insurer fraudulently marketed deferred annuities to the elderly.

Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California opted to allow the defendant to get the recordings after the plaintiffs opposed National Western's request that its attorneys be permitted to monitor incoming telephone calls made by potential...
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