Case Conclusion Date: December 30, 2007
Practice Area: Fraud
Outcome: Consumer Prevailed in Settlement
Description: One of several dozen wrecked car cases involving the resale by State Farm Insurance Co. of cars that had been totaled out in insurance claims without branding the vehicles as "salvage." The vehicles were subsequently rebuilt and resold to consumers by other middlemen and used car dealers. In pretrial motions, and contrary to several other trial court decisions, the court here held that a Consumer Act claim can not be stated against an insurance company but other claims could.