Nationwide Agents Out Of Luck In Employment Suit

Law360, New York (October 7, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday dismissed an insurance agents' association's employment lawsuit against Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., saying the agents needed to show they'd been harmed by changes to their Nationwide contracts in order to sue.

U.S. District Judge Mary McLaughlin dismissed the suit for lack of standing because it was brought by an association of agents, Nationwide Insurance Independent Contractors Association Inc., rather than the agents themselves. Although NIICA said it could challenge the contract changes without extensive participation from its individual members, the...
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