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$250M State Farm Deal Could Spur More Campaign Cash Suits

Law360 (September 11, 2018, 6:01 PM EDT) -- The eye-popping $250 million that State Farm will pay to settle claims it rigged an Illinois judicial election to overturn a $1 billion class action verdict likely will spur copycat suits over judicial campaign donations and the blurry lines of influence they yield, experts say.

The sheer number of states that hold judicial elections — 39, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s School of Law — and the millions in donations they attract from lawyers and lobbyists set a backdrop for plaintiffs firms hoping to ride the State Farm coattails.

The settlement on Sept. 4 preempted...

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