Ore. High Court Won't Free Farmers From $9M Judgment

Law360, New York (July 12, 2011, 5:19 PM EDT) -- The Oregon Supreme Court on Friday preserved its ruling upholding a nearly $9 million judgment against Farmers Insurance Co. of Oregon in a class action alleging fraud over its handling of auto insurance medical benefits.

In reconsidering its May 19 opinion, the state's high court rejected Farmers' arguments that it had altered state law requirements for proving a fraud claim in a class action and imposed a novel and questionable procedural roadblock to the insurer's constitutional challenge to a jury's punitive damages award.

“We conclude that...
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