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Monday, December 10, 2012

"State Farm Agent Denise Drobnick
has teens that "drunk tweet" &
call a wronged State Farm Customer a "bitch" &
then threaten:
"Tweet about State Farm again & see what happens". "

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

State Farm Agent Denise Drobnick has teens that "drunk tweet" & call a wronged State Farm Customer a "bitch" & then threaten: "Tweet about State Farm again & see what happens".

Monday, December 3, 2012

Edward B. Rust, Jr

Edward B. Rust, Jr:

NEED TO CONTACT STATE FARM CEO ED RUST, JR?

Call State Farm's CEO Ed Rust, Jr & his wife Sally directly at HOME:

Home Phone: (309) 663-5027
(publicly available information from Google Search)

Contact them at HOME:

State Farm CEO Edward B. Rust, Jr & wife Sally:
16 Downing Circle, Bloomington, IL 61704

(publicly available information from Google Search)

OR

EMAIL him at WORK:  ed.rust.atei@statefarm.com

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

State Farm’s Ed Rust Elected U.S. Chamber Chairman | Free Enterprise

State Farm’s Ed Rust Elected U.S. Chamber Chairman | Free Enterprise: "he values and work ethic that Rust developed on the farm shaped his business philosophy and management style at State Farm.


Wow. I'm going to be sick! 
This article states that Ed Rust, Jr has "values and work ethic that Rust developed on the farm shaped his business philosophy and management style at State Farm…reflects Midwestern values...Ethics and integrity are critical in this business, any business.” Vince Trosino, former president, chief operating officer, and vice chairman of State Farm, goes on to say “As Ed’s father used to say, ‘There are no degrees of integrity; you either have it or you don’t.’ Ed has it.”
I beg to differ. State farm CEO Ed Rust, Jr knowingly let State Farm rip off my daughters and I after a fire & the loss of our father & husband.
It's my experience with Ed Rust, Jr & State Farm that ethics do not even come into play. Ed Rust, Jr & State Farm play dirty. If they manage to shaft the consumer through questionable business practices, slick legal maneuvering, or judge buying, then Ed Rust, Jr thinks that the consumer victim was "fair game". In other words, Ed Rust, Jr thinks *if they GET AWAY WITH IT*, then fraud & bad faith are "fair game". Widows & little girls are "fair game" to Ed Rust, Jr.

So, you see, Ed Rust, Jr *does not* have integrity. If he had ONE OUNCE of integrity, he would not have knowingly allowed State Farm to do what they did to my family.
In addition, Ed Rust, Jr & his PR team emailed out my little girls full names & other extremely personal information out to complete strangers. Is that ethical? Prudent? Would a person with integrity do that? I don't think so. But, Ed Rust, Jr surely did it, anyway.

Would Ed Rust, Jr & the PR team members want THEIR personal information & information about their kids emailed out to strangers?

And to think Eric Paulsen had an insurance case against State Farm we somehow missed…. « Slabbed

And to think Eric Paulsen had an insurance case against State Farm we somehow missed…. « Slabbed:

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From the sordid past that just won’t die file: Corporate predator State Farm lied to the Illinois Supreme Court in landmark case. « Slabbed

From the sordid past that just won’t die file: Corporate predator State Farm lied to the Illinois Supreme Court in landmark case. « Slabbed: "."

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Here is what happens when a clown is reelected: State Farm sticks it to Louisiana Policyholders « Slabbed

Here is what happens when a clown is reelected: State Farm sticks it to Louisiana Policyholders « Slabbed:

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tweet: Speaking of State Farm……. « Slabbed

Tweet: Speaking of State Farm……. « Slabbed: "@Wilson_Stone @StateFarm We knoweth your pain Wilson. Puts that @aaronrodgers12 discount double check in a whole new light huh. #badfaith"

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Yall Politics | Scruggs Leaks Can’t Save State Farm From Katrina FCA Suit with the Rigsby gals (sub rqd)

Yall Politics | Scruggs Leaks Can’t Save State Farm From Katrina FCA Suit with the Rigsby gals (sub rqd): "Scruggs Leaks Can't Save State Farm From Katrina FCA Suit

-- State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. must face a False Claims Act suit brought by two former contractors over Hurricane Katrina flood damage claims, despite allegedly improper press leaks by former plaintiffs' attorney and bribery convict Richard Scruggs, a Mississippi federal judge ruled Friday.

U.S. District Judge Halil S. Ozerden denied the insurer’s Dec. 21 renewed motion to dismiss the complaint by Cori and Kerri Rigsby, two sisters who worked as claims managers for EA Renfroe & Co. Inc., an independent contractor for State Farm. The plaintiffs alleged that State Farm knowingly submitted a false $250,000 flood claim that was reimbursed by the federal government.

The decision affirmed a January 2011 ruling by Judge L.T. Senter Jr. that denied State Farm's motion to dismiss the suit on the grounds that Scruggs and other attorneys for the Rigsbys had improperly spoken to news organizations about the complaint while it was under seal.


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State Farm unable to kill Ex Rel.Rigsby « Slabbed

State Farm unable to kill Ex Rel.Rigsby « Slabbed: "Slabbed
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BREAKING: Snake State Farm facing criminal investigation in Texas over Hurricane claims handling « Slabbed

BREAKING: Snake State Farm facing criminal investigation in Texas over Hurricane claims handling « Slabbed: "Gee folks what else is new?  I wonder who the boogie man will be this time now that Dickie Scruggs isn’t around.

Texas’ Gregg Cox better get ready because when Ed Rust feels threatened he does very nasty things to people.  James Robie now sleeps with the fishes so Ed may need to break out the Wiretapper but I can pretty much guarantee Skadden partner Sheila Birnbaum will be slithering about. Gregg this will get very nasty indeed dude.

ABC News has all the skinny.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Aye Aye Captain Jack. Slabbed opens Davy Jones’ locker and finds an unethical Ed Rust hired gun. « Slabbed

Aye Aye Captain Jack. Slabbed opens Davy Jones’ locker and finds an unethical Ed Rust hired gun. « Slabbed: "Aye Aye Captain Jack. Slabbed opens Davy Jones’ locker and finds an unethical Ed Rust hired gun.

There is a method to the madness here at Slabbed and one of my methods involves periodically revisiting certain news links we post to see if there are any belated comments worthy of follow-up. Such was the case with Anita Lee’s recent story on Chris McIntosh that we highlighted and sure enough there was a late comment by one Captain Jack that I could not let pass since it involves information we’ve been holding onto for at least a year and it is there we begin:"



I agree with the other posters here. State Farm should be shut down. The federal government needs to investigate and prosecute. For details about State Farm’s bad behavior and the Oklahoma court ruling for sanctions and contempt against State Farm and attorney David V. Jones of San Antonio, Texas, check out http://badfaithinsurance.org and http://truthaboutmold.info/insurancenews
Actually Cap there is so much more as the legal profession likes to keep attorneys like Jones as a dirty secret. Fortunately for us we had ring side seats via PACER when Jones enrolled in several Katrina cases involving State Farm in Louisiana including one where the lawyers for the plaintiffs tried to have Jones booted for lying on hispro hac vice affidavit only to have Judge Kurt Engelhardt, David Vitter’s former campaign manager, ignore a clear cut ethical violation. We’ll circle back to that.
Here is the deal from a layman’s perspective since we’ve written a good bit on the use of out of state hired guns. Sometimes an insurer has a case comes along that needs to go away no matter the means or methods.  Since not all of the insurance defense bar are unethical scudda beans sometimes ethical local firms need to be moved out of the way so the right kind of lawyer can come do the dirty work.  It worked for a while with James Robie in McIntosh v State Farm. Robie has hung more than a few skins on the wall for Ed Rust and State Farm but is just one man. Another is David Jones of San Antonio Texas.
There is no view like the view from the top moderating Slabbed and I’ll add it did not take long for Jones long to figure out we were onto him.  Though we never posted the information we are sharing today or mention Jones by name, we did several posts which alluded to him by his nickname “Wiretapper” including this one which got us just the reader response we were looking for. I rather enjoyed knowing he was waiting for the shoe to drop Slabbed style but our contact with some of the other lawyers involved with Jones through time convinced us it was better to not share that info until later. Later arrives today.
So what kind of lawyer is State Farm’s David Jones? He is not much different from the whore engineers at Haag Engineering such as Tim Marshall or other outfits that depend on working for State Farm to remain in business, which means he has no compunction about cutting corners, taking short cuts or doing some down right sleazy things in order to win for Rust and the gang. Allow me to summarize Jones’ record as a lawyer:
May, 1997: Jones pleads no contest to:
“On or about March 7, 1995, in the Southern District of Texas and within the jurisdiction of this court, Defendant, DAVID JONES did intentionally disclose to Theresa Gutierrez, the contents of a wire communication, that is, a non-consensually intercepted and recorded telephone conversation between Mark Rains and Paul Kornfuerer, having reason to know that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire communication in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2511(1) (a), all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, section 2511(1) (c) , 4 (b) (ii).”
Jones was working a related case and decided to cut a legal corner or two.
Ed Rust must have heard about Jones because State Farm began using him with regularity. In fact, we find Jones’ name surface in Watkins, a particularly egregious example of how State Farm treated it’s Oklahoma City claimants after the town was struck by an F-5 tornado. 2 things stick out about Watkins, the first being that all the same players for State Farm that hosed people here on the coast after Katrina were present inWatkins such as Haag and Renfroe.  The second thing is the judge in Watkins, Richard Van Dyck held State Farm’s lawyers accountable for their misconduct. Here is was he had to say in his order finding State Farm in contempt of court:
Defendant State Farm appeared by and through its counsel of record, Tom Cordell, Anton Rupert, Rustin Strubhar, David Jones and LeAnne Burnett……Upon review of the written legal briefs filed by the parties, after hearing oral arguments, viewing excerpts from videotaped depositions and being otherwise fully advised in the premises this court sustains Plaintiff’s Motion for Contempt and for Sanctions Against Defendant, State Farm Fire and Casualty.  In making its ruling, this Court finds the conduct displayed by State Farm and its counsel to be obstructive, contemptuous and in bad faith….
Here at Katrina ground zero, I’ll add there are maybe just a few federal judges that hold State Farm accountable like Judge Van Dyck but that is another post.
In Rodriguez v State Farm in the year 2000, Jones and State Farm were sanctioned for discovery abuses including withholding requested discovery documents (gee doesn’t this sound like familiar tactic used here on the coast with Magistrate Walker’s blessing).
In Manokoune v State Farm in 2006, Jones’ professional conduct is again called into question this time with the court using the term “constructive fraud”:
State Farm obtained a settlement agreement from Plaintiff without once mentioning the fact that the settlement amount they had agreed upon would not actually represent the amount received by Vichai. State Farm’s attorney stood in a court of law and represented to a judge that the settlement agreement described in the friendly suit pleadings represented the parties’ agreement and agreed in form to an order declaring the mandatory split of that settlement amount between Vichai, a trust account for Vichai, and his attorney . In fact that order did not represent the split of funds contemplated by State Farm because it failed to account for Equity’s claim of more than half of the proceeds. State Farm and its attorney were aware that Plaintiff’s attorney could not, therefore, comply with the court’s order because State Farm had already issued the draft that included Equity’s name. We cannot accede to or condone that conduct and will not say that it does not, as a matter of law, amount to at least constructive fraud….
Jones then was enrolled on State Farm’s behalf in the Louisiana Eastern District in several cases.  In Louque v State Farm Jones omitted his no contest plea in Texas from his pro hac vice affidavit. He did likewise in Margiotta v State Farm, another Katrina case in the LAED.  Unfortunately for Anna Margiotta, the judge assigned to her case was Kurt Engelhardt, a judicial activist and ideologue that was also the guy who paid David Vitter’s prostitution tabs when he served as Vitter’s campaign manager. Engelhardt has never met an insurer he failed to like and when Jones’ misconduct involving the omissions from his pro hac vice affidavit was brought to his attention he actually scolded the plaintiff’s for filing motions to have Jones disqualified.  Kurt Engelhardt amazingly wrote this about Jones omissions:
Having carefully reviewed the parties’ submissions, the court recognizes that Mr. Jones could have chosen different, and perhaps more specific, words to describe his 1995 criminal proceeding. Nevertheless, the undersigned, who regularly presides over federal criminal proceedings, was sufficiently informed regarding the matter, and does not find the disclosure to have been inaccurate or misleading
I always wondered how Engelhardt could have known about something Jones himself did not originally disclose.   Once the motion to disqualify was filed, Jones filed another affidavit which is the one Engelhardt is evidently referring to above.  Once again State Farm and its lawyers flout local federal court rules and are allowed to skate. And what of those “different, and perhaps more specific, words to describe his 1995 criminal proceeding.”? Well Jones used them again when he filed his pro hac vice affidavit in Arceneaux v State Farm.  I guess a weak disclosure is better than Jones’ original no disclosure. With judges like Engelhardt around to tote State Farm’s water I wonder why Jones even bothered since there are generally no consequences for insurance defense lawyers that engage in misconduct in Mississippi Southern District and most of the courtrooms of the Louisiana Eastern District.
So Captain I hope this loads you up along with whomever else is diligently googling David V Jones these days.  While we appreciate the faith Google places in this little project called Slabbed we actually are now able to offer the Slabbed Nation the goods on a typical State Farm hired gun.  I’ve taken the liberty of embedding a pdf with all the cases mentioned along with salient court documents to facilitate the research into Jones’ checkered past.


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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

STATE FARM SUCKS EMPLOYEE FORUM

STATE FARM SUCKS EMPLOYEE FORUM: "Anonymous said...
I work for State Farm, they are scumbags and liars. I have been a customer for 14yrs, and an employee for 3yrs. They rip off customers and really screw thier own employees. I work for a start up agent and they are cancelling his contract after 2 1/2 yrs. Leaving him with a mountain of debt and me jobless, Merry Christmas. I had my first claim 3 months ago and was told it was not coverded originally. After much debate and threats of getting a public adjuster, they paid. There is a video on youtube that is called first year insurance agent. It is right on about the way they treat thier employees. I THOUGHT this was a great company, I was wrong!!! My loss at home and that of a job can not come close to your loss and suffering. I hope in the end they pay, pay, pay!!! This will not fix what has happened to you, BUT, its the only thing that hurts them.
November 28, 2011 2:16:00 PM EST "

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STATE FARM SUCKS EMPLOYEE FORUM

STATE FARM SUCKS EMPLOYEE FORUM: " We have been told by adjusters every excuse and more than you can think of.
One of my favorites was, "I do not know how to accomplish proper installation of construction items, but we are not paying for It." this was just after they stated certain items do not get touched during the construction and then us proving they do. We asked pointed questions, just to receive a comment “we are glad to have fulfilled your loss in full" So we repeat the questions over and over to only get no answer from the adjusters and/or supervisors, all while their eyes never looking at you and never answering the questions. So we put it in writing and record all conversations. Adrian Cooksey and Mike Michalec are just a few that lied to their insured’s about phone calls also… They all do. Adrian even paid in full on several claims properly in the past, but for some reason now she does not want to. We only assume her job was threatened?"

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STATE FARM SUCKS EMPLOYEE FORUM

STATE FARM SUCKS EMPLOYEE FORUM: "Anonymous said...
I worked for State Farm for close to 10 years. I went in there as a 25 year-old, happy & looking forward to the future at State Farm. Came out of there an alcoholic, paranoid, depressed & suicidal nightmare. I could not trust others for years in or out of the workplace after working for those walking douchebags. It was like working for a cult. If you weren't part of the "gang" in the department you working for, you were ostracized & had an invisible scarlet letter attached to you. I have never worked for or with such dishonest, backstabbing psychotics in my life, nor have I worked for or with the like since my departure. Two of my former co-workers have committed suicide since the closure of the Westlake Village Service center, I wonder why.
August 10, 2011 5:09:00 PM EDT "

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STATE FARM SUCKS EMPLOYEE FORUM

STATE FARM SUCKS EMPLOYEE FORUM: "Anonymous said...
statefarm is like a neighbor right! They just let go a veteren of army working as a contractor for them about fifteen years with the explaination of need a change. I believe tonya roberts of statefarm AFO is very unprofessional.
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STATE FARM SUCKS EMPLOYEE FORUM

STATE FARM SUCKS EMPLOYEE FORUM: "Anonymous said...
I currently work for State Farm. I constantly take calls from customers complaining about their insurance rates going up and usually have to "research" to find out why because most of the time there is no apparent reason. I've been told by many Underwriters to tell customers that there was an "across the board" rate increase, because the customers would not understand it if I tried to explain the real reason for their insurance going up. My boss, the State Farm Agent, is a bipolar, micromanager."

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STATE FARM SUCKS EMPLOYEE FORUM

STATE FARM SUCKS EMPLOYEE FORUM: "My Agent frequently calls his loyal customers names, he has called some of them crackheads, degenerates, idiots, liars, and crazy. That is only the tip of the iceberg with the name calling. But this is the same person who hugs and kisses the customers when they come in and act like he's their best friend. Needless to say, I am looking for another job!
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Sunday, October 2, 2011

STATE FARM SUCKS

Home Page: STATE FARM SUCKS
NEW!!! State Farm Sucks Website Under Construction

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

State Farm Secretly Gave $2.4 Million to Ill. Judge in $1B Case - Law Firm News - Strategist

State Farm Secretly Gave $2.4 Million to Ill. Judge in $1B Case - Law Firm News - Strategist: "State Farm Secretly Gave $2.4 Million to Ill. Judge in $1B Case
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The following story serves as a lesson in common sense for corporations everywhere: don't cover up how much money you donate to judicial candidates.
This is especially true if the judicial candidate you donated money to ends up voting in your favor in a billion-dollar case.
State Farm Insurance is learning this lesson the hard way.
State Farm allegedly gave campaign donations to Judge Lloyd Karmeier during one of the nation's most expensive judicial races in 2004.
Judge Karmeier won that race, and became a member of the Illinois Supreme Court.
He also voted to overturn a billion-dollar verdict against State Farm in 2005.
At the time, it was known that Judge Karmeier received donations from State Farm during his judicial race. Karmeier declined to recuse himself.
The State Supreme Court analyzed the potential bias at the time, and found none. They thought State Farm had only raised $350,000 of Karmeier's donations.
Why would they think State Farm only raised $350,000? That's because $350,000 is the amount that State Farm told the court they donated when they were asked.
An FBI investigation discovered that State Farm actually donated between $2.4 and $4 million in donations for Karmeier's judicial campaign.
The startling amount of donations contributed by State Farm certainly paints Karmeier's ruling in a different light. It also creates a much bigger chance that the Judge Karmeier wasn't impartial.
Several attorneys, including former U.S. senator Fred Thompson, have filed a class action suit against State Farm. They claim that the insurance company defrauded the court. They're asking that the court reconsider its decision to overturn the $1 billion verdict, according to the Chicago Tribune.
So, State Farm, are you regretting your judicial campaign donations now?

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Bradley: Justice for sale in State Farm case? - WJBC - The Voice of Central Illinois

Bradley: Justice for sale in State Farm case?
 - WJBC - The Voice of Central Illinois: 


"In 2008, “The Appeal,” a novel by John Grisham, was published. The book marked Grisham’s return to writing legal dramas after a several-year hiatus.


The book centers on a CEO’s efforts to overturn a multi-million jury verdict against his company. Ultimately, the CEO, along with other key players, develops a strategy to achieve his goal of not having to pay out millions of dollars. The strategy is to recruit a candidate to run for a state supreme court seat, and then manage and fund his campaign. Once on the court, then the sitting justice can cast the deciding vote to reverse the jury verdict."


In 2008, “The Appeal,” a novel by John Grisham, was published. The book marked Grisham’s return to writing legal dramas after a several-year hiatus.
The chilling implication of the novel is that the company is national in scope having offices in almost every state, and could be conducting this activity in many state judicial elections in an effort to avoid costly jury verdicts. Some, including myself, believe that this novel was loosely based on the Caperton case, which involved an actual multi-million dollar jury verdict, a real CEO of an existing coal company, and an actual campaign for a state supreme court seat in West Virginia.

Late last week, a court filing was made, which essentially contends that the scenario painted so vividly by Grisham in his novel has actually happened in Illinois and that it involves a major corporation headquartered in Bloomington:  State Farm.





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State Supreme Court Justice at Center of State Farm Lawsuit: Chicagoist

State Supreme Court Justice at Center of State Farm Lawsuit: Chicagoist: "State Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier, whose bio is one sister who went blind from Scarlet Fever away from being the same as Laura Ingalls Wilder's, is at the center of a class action lawsuit against State Farm Insurance. The lawsuit contends State Farm hid donations made to Karmeier's campaign for the state Supreme Court, which was the most expensive state judicial race in U.S. history.
Karmeier refused to recuse himself last year in voiding a 1997 judgment against State Farm where the insurance giant was found to have breached its contract with policyholders when it directed the use of non-original parts in vehicles damaged in crashes. A Williamson County court awarded $730 million to some policy holders, while a jury awarded $465 million more"

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And Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is There: Illinois Justice Accused Of Receiving Massive Financial Support From State Farm Before Vote In Favor of Company « JONATHAN TURLEY

And Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is There: Illinois Justice Accused Of Receiving Massive Financial Support From State Farm Before Vote In Favor of Company « JONATHAN TURLEY: "Illinois Associate Justice Lloyd Karmeier is under fire this week after a petition was filed with the court detailing what is alleged to be previously undisclosed support from State Farm Insurance Company before Karmeier voted in favor of its side in a dispute. Previously, State Farm told the court that it had given $350,000 to Karmeier. Now plaintiffs lawyers, including former Sen. Fred Thompson, allege that he actually received between $2.4 million and $4 million from State Farm sources."

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And Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is There: Illinois Justice Accused Of Receiving Massive Financial Support From State Farm Before Vote In Favor of Company « JONATHAN TURLEY

And Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is There: Illinois Justice Accused Of Receiving Massive Financial Support From State Farm Before Vote In Favor of Company « JONATHAN TURLEY: "In 2005, Karmeier voted with State Farm after securing his seat with the help of large amounts of contributions from the company. Now the attorneys are alleging the company lied and asking the court to reconsider a $1 billion verdict against State Farm. The former FBI agent Michael Reece hired by the plaintiffs states “The bottom line of my investigation is that State Farm used the Illinois Civil Justice League to elect Judge Karmeier and Judge Karmeier knew it.” Reece stated in his affidavit that accompanied the petition.

Karmeier was asked but had declined to recuse himself from the class-action case against State Farm."

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Petition Claims State Farm Secretly Raised Millions for Ill. Justice Who Voted Its Way in $1B Case - News - ABA Journal

Petition Claims State Farm Secretly Raised Millions for Ill. Justice Who Voted Its Way in $1B Case - News - ABA Journal: "Lawyers seeking to reinstate a $1 billion verdict against State Farm claim the insurer covered up the full extent of its fundraising on behalf of an Illinois Supreme Court justice who voted to overturn the award.

In a petition filed last week, former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson and other Tennessee lawyers claim that State Farm raised between $2.4 million and $4 million on behalf of Lloyd Karmeier, who sided with State Farm in the 2005 decision after winning election. The Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune have stories on the allegations.

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Suit: State Farm covered up donations to justice who voted in its favor - chicagotribune.com

Suit: State Farm covered up donations to justice who voted in its favor - chicagotribune.com: "McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
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Lawyers in a class-action case accuse insurance giant State Farm of defrauding the Illinois Supreme Court by covering up its support of the Republican candidate in the most expensive state judicial race in U.S. history.
Those attorneys, including former television star and U.S. senator Fred Thompson, allege State Farm lied and mislead the court, hiding its "extraordinary support of Justice (Lloyd) Karmeier's campaign and to thwart Justice Karmeier's disqualification.""

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Problems with State Farm Insurance | eHow.co.uk

Problems with State Farm Insurance | eHow.co.uk: "After sifting through court records, SEC and FBI records, state department of insurance investigations, consumer complaints and the sworn testimony of company whistleblowers, the trial lawyer group American Association for Justice (AAJ) ranks State Farm Insurance as the fourth worst insurance company in America."

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

STATE FARM & THEIR INSIDER GOV RICK SCOTT

STATE FARM & THEIR INSIDER GOV RICK SCOTT: "THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

Pushing Rope: State Farm FLA Connection to DaVinci Reinsurance Ltd
Pushing Rope: State Farm FLA Connection to DaVinci Reinsurance Ltd: 'How DaVinci Reinsurance Ltd. works is they are a reinsurance company. DaVinci is a third party company that sells coverage to insurance agencies which, in turn sell to the public. DaVinci Reinsurance Ltd. targets high-risk hurricane properties. In 2005, Florida insurance policies were made up 23 percent of DaVinci's revenue. That number climbed to 41 percent by 2009.'

Pushing Rope: Rick Scott Signs SB 408

Pushing Rope: Rick Scott Signs SB 408

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

'Balt Got Bent - Chevy Cobalt Forum / Cobalt Reviews / Cobalt SS / Cobalt Parts

'Balt Got Bent - Chevy Cobalt Forum / Cobalt Reviews / Cobalt SS / Cobalt Parts: "I've worked in body shops for years with a couple years solely on the office side. So believe me I know.
Additionally, the lady who rear ended me in July had state farm as well. I've owned the cobalt for one year and one week now and just hit 33333 miles today and it was hit for the second time today :-(
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'Balt Got Bent - Chevy Cobalt Forum / Cobalt Reviews / Cobalt SS / Cobalt Parts

'Balt Got Bent - Chevy Cobalt Forum / Cobalt Reviews / Cobalt SS / Cobalt Parts: "Originally Posted by finnscobalt
State farm sucks to collect from, they always try to cheat people. No wonder they are the number one sued insurance company in the US.
SO TRUE. They tried to pin me with the blame for this dude totaling his Altima? He was tail gating, on his phone and didn't notice the woman in front of him slam on her brakes. (his exact words to me immediately after the accident, cept the tail gating part. hah.)

I BARELY scratched the driver side back end of his car, while he TOTALED his, and they tried to blame me. Saying I was the reason he hit the back of the lady in front of him so hard.

Shit was ridiculous.



And don't be sad dude. I've been backed into, side swiped, door dings, busted head light, some dumbass pushed a cart into my car one night, all kinds of crap. Most of which the ppl responsible paid for, luckily. But I feel your pain."

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'Balt Got Bent - Chevy Cobalt Forum / Cobalt Reviews / Cobalt SS / Cobalt Parts

'Balt Got Bent - Chevy Cobalt Forum / Cobalt Reviews / Cobalt SS / Cobalt Parts: "State farm sucks to collect from, they always try to cheat people. No wonder they are the number one sued insurance company in the US.
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This Commercial Sucks: Oh no, State Farm. This isn't Racist. Not in the slightest!

This Commercial Sucks: Oh no, State Farm. This isn't Racist. Not in the slightest!: "THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010

Oh no, State Farm. This isn't Racist. Not in the slightest!"

State Farm really does a great job on the Laundry List of Offensive Stereotypes in THIS ad. We've got the Motormouth, Head-Waggling Black Woman who was apparently ready to spend the rest of the afternoon talking at the speed of light had her boyfriend not interrupted with the magic State Farm Jingle. We've got this woman giving us her version of a Fantasy Boyfriend- a rapper-type in tight jeans and with no shirt, and a gold chain no less (what is this, a casting call for I'm Gonna Get You Sucka II?
Then we've got her boyfriend's retaliation- his version of Fantasy Girlfriend. She's a leggy, busty MTV-video type whose breasts threaten to escape from her tank top and whose shorts are strictly a formality. Not to mention what my lovely ex would refer to as Fuck Me Pumps.* Beautiful.
Naturally, the narrative ends with New and Improved Motormouth playing Hypocrite of the Year by chastising her boyfriend- "I was perfect the way I was, blah blah blah..." whatever.

Still not convinced that State Farm has crossed a line here? Then I invite you to read my reaction to State Farm's "Hot Tub" ad (http://thiscommercialsucks.blogspot.com/2010/11/id-switch-but-i-hate-that-stupid-lizard.html) Check out the white guy's fantasy girl- a fully-clothed, studious looking type who seems to have been caught doing something important with a laptop when suddenly whisked into the ad.
Need this explained further?
Black guy's fantasy= call girl spilling out of what little fabric is covering her body. White guy's fantasy= "girl next door" type, equal parts brain and skin-deep beauty.
Way to be a Good Neighbor, State Farm. Way to shrug off the fact that it's the 21st century and that these kind of disgusting stereotypes are bad enough when they are displayed in films likeLottery Ticket.
You'd think a reputable insurance company would stay away from crud like this. You'd be wrong.
Bottom of the barrel? State Farm is there.
*Ok, I know you can't actually see this woman's shoes after her "transformation." But you just know what they look like anyway, don't you? And I really have been dying to use the term "Fuck Me Pumps" for quite a while now.


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State Farm’s Poor Business Practices (or why State Farm sucks) | Beyond Abstraction

State Farm’s Poor Business Practices (or why State Farm sucks) | Beyond Abstraction: "State Farm’s Poor Business Practices (or why State Farm sucks)
Posted on Saturday, March 19, 2011 by spencer"

Before I start this long diatribe perhaps a summary would prevent people from making a poor decision. I *was* a State Farm customer. I chose to use State Farm for both home owners insurance and flood insurance. One of State Farm’s auto insurance customers [1], collided with my vehicle on February 7th, 2011. They admitted fault to the police officers that came to the scene. They also admitted fault to State Farm. State Farm failed to “own up.” To put it nicely, they let me down. To put it harshly, pardon the expletives, I got bent over and fucked by State Farm. This led to my belief that State Farm can not be relied upon when push comes to shove. I moved my home owners insurance and flood insurance to Liberty Mutual. I suggest you avoid State Farm and seek alternatives for your insurance needs. While I hope you never need to make a claim, State Farm will likely attempt to weasel out of making a full payment and you will be left like I was, spending your own money to rectify a situation that State Farm was responsible for in the first place.

At this point my story begins….

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Top 6 Worst Auto Insurance Companies in Michigan - 2011 | Michigan Auto Law Blog

Top 6 Worst Auto Insurance Companies in Michigan - 2011 | Michigan Auto Law Blog: "Top 6 Worst Auto Insurance Companies - 2011
May 17th, 2011"

STATE FARM No-Fault insurance lawyer lists the auto insurance companies who may not treat you right after a car accident

As insurance lawyershelping only people injured in car accidents and truck accidents, we deal with insurance companies every day. And if there is one thing we see daily, it’s this: auto insurance companies make a lot of money by not paying on legitimate claims.

In fact, accident victims have been limping away from hundreds of millions of dollars in valid and deserving claims that insurance companies are required to pay. Many of these auto insurance companies believe you won’t wait, you won’t hire a lawyer to file a lawsuit, and you will eventually become so fed up that you’ll take a low-ball settlement offer. This is called the “3 Ds” strategy: delay, deny and defend. Insurance companies will delay your claim, deny you were hurt and defend aggressively.

Here’s our 2011 list of the worst insurance companies. Our lawyers put together this list based on what we see everyday from Michigan auto insurance companies. In our own experience representing people suing these insurance companies for No-Fault benefits, or helping people injured in car accidents where these insurance companies are on the other side, these are our personal picks as the worst of the bunch.

Here’s how my Worst Auto Insurance Company list was created.



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Top 6 Worst Auto Insurance Companies in Michigan - 2011 | Michigan Auto Law Blog

Top 6 Worst Auto Insurance Companies in Michigan - 2011 | Michigan Auto Law Blog: "Top 6 Worst Auto Insurance Companies - 2011
May 17th, 2011"

State Farm
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the No. 1 provider of auto insurance in the country. In 2009, State Farm managed a $777 million profit nationally (2). We don’t begrudge State Farm for making a profit. But our No-Fault insurance attorneys do blame State Farm for overcharging Michigan drivers, who pay the second-highest premiums in the country. Our insurance lawyers can also say from our own first-hand experience that State Farm is now the most aggressive in accusing its own customers of fraud, putting them under “investigation,” and fighting payment of their No-Fault insurance benefits. (2 - ”Where Auto Insurance Is Most Expensive” – The New York Times, April 14, 2010)



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State Farm Insurance - No. 3 on Worst Insurance Companies List | Michigan Auto Law Blog

State Farm Insurance - No. 3 on Worst Insurance Companies List | Michigan Auto Law Blog: "State Farm Insurance – Repeat Offenders in Abusing Auto Accident Victims Award
May 17th, 2011"


Insurance lawyer asks State Farm: Why do we have to fight for our deserved No-Fault benefits… and where the heck is our savings?

Our insurance lawyers want to stress that State Farm is definitely not like a good neighbor. State Farm comes in at No. 3 on my list of the worst insurance companies in Michigan. In my opinion, this insurance company has been the most aggressive in fighting its customers before payingno fault insurance benefits.

And it’s a profitable strategy - unless you need State Farm insurance benefits.

In 2009, State Farm managed a $777 million national profit. As an insurance lawyer, I don’t begrudge State Farm for making a profit. But I do blame State Farm for overcharging Michigan drivers. Here’s how the calculation was made: since 1996, auto accident claims in Michigan have declined by 54 percent and the average miles traveled have dropped to the lowest in 17 years. Yet insurance rates continue to skyrocket, as Michigan has the second most expensive car insurance in the nation (right behind Louisiana).(1)

State Farm was one of those insurance companies that lobbied hard to convince the Michigan Legislature to enact the harshest auto accident injury (threshold) law in the nation in 1995, promising that Michigan residents would reap substantial savings on their premiums as a result. Well, auto accident lawsuits have fallen 54 percent since then, which means insurance companies are saving hundreds of millions of dollars in litigation payouts.

State Farm, where is our savings?

Read here for more information on why No-Fault auto insurance is so expensive and the real reason your Michigan insurance rates keep going up.

Source: 1 ”Where Auto Insurance Is Most Expensive” – The New York Times, April 14, 2010

- Steven Gursten is head of Michigan Auto Law. He is recognized as one of the nation’s top insurance lawyers handling serious auto injury cases. Michigan Auto Law has received the highest jury verdict for a car accident or truck accident in seven of the last 10 years, according to Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Additional resources to protect yourself:

How to choose the best auto insurance company in Michigan

2008 Worst Insurance Companies

Stopping insurance company abuse in Michigan

Michigan No-Fault insurance law

Michigan Auto Law is the largest law firm exclusively handling car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident and no fault insurance lawsuits throughout the entire state. We have offices in Farmington Hills, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Sterling Heights to better serve you. Call (800) 777-0028 for a free consultation with an auto insurance lawyer. We’re here to help you now


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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

WikiClaimLeaks

"WikiClaimLeaks may very well be the end of Insurance Bad Faith – Because insurance company employees will no longer tolerate it."

WikiClaimLeaks: "

WikiClaimLeaks is a not-for-profit media consortium committed to publicizing unfair claim settlement practices by insurance carriers and their vendors. WikiClaimLeaks provides employees of both insurance companies and their vendors with a secure, safe and anonymous way for them to convey the proof of their employer’s illegitimate practices to our journalists. Armed with the information that you provide to us, our journalists can assemble a clear presentation of the news story that the public can easily understand and act upon.
WikiClaimLeaks accepts and reports on information about Bad Faith, Deceptive Trade Practices and the abuse of the uneven bargaining power insurers hold over American consumers. We at WikiClaimLeaks never solicit this information directly, but we will accept it if you send it to us. “You may leak with confidence”.
WikiClaimLeaks frequently receives actionable information from “True American Heroes” who are unwilling to continue playing the “Corporate Games”. It is our sincere hope that if you have witnessed harm done to your fellow Americans that you will not sit idly by when you too could be a hero! If you need to contact WikiClaimLeaks for any reason you can do it here Contact WikiClaimLeaks!

FarmGate: 18,329 Pages Submitted to WikiClaimLeaks

2011-04-12
On Tuesday April 12th 2011, WikiClaimLeaks volunteers began sorting through 18,329 leaked documents. These documents will eventually be used to give American consumers unprecedented insight into the activities of a major U.S. insurer.

Notice: A 102,314 piece mailing is being prepared by WikiClaimLeaks volunteers to be sent out on 04/29/2011 to the home addresses of various insurance company employees notifying them of the existence and purpose of www.WikiClaimLeaks.com

Subsequent, larger mailing are being planned for the month of May.

'WikiClaimLeaks may very well be the end of Insurance Bad Faith – Because insurance company employees will no longer tolerate it.'"

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Doctored Reviews | Why Medical Justice's Anti-Review Contracts are a Poison Pill

Doctored Reviews | Why Medical Justice's Anti-Review Contracts are a Poison Pill: "This site is designed to help patients, doctors, and websites understand the problems created by Medical Justice, a company trying to restrict online patient reviews, and to offer some ways that let patients freely talk about their healthcare experiences"

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Gov. Scott signs property insurance bill

Gov. Scott signs property insurance bill: "The insurance industry lobbied the issue hard. State Farm, Florida’s second largest property insurer behind state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp, spent at least $150,000 for the quarter to press its case to lawmakers. FCCI, a regional commercial insurer, spent more than $250,000 in lobbying fees."

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YouTube - Part 1 - 10-0487 State Farm Mutual Automobile, etc. vs. William Swindoll and Fernando Lopez

YouTube - Part 1 - 10-0487 State Farm Mutual Automobile, etc. vs. William Swindoll and Fernando Lopez

Top 6 Worst Auto Insurance Companies in Michigan - 2011 | Michigan Auto Law Blog

Top 6 Worst Auto Insurance Companies in Michigan - 2011 | Michigan Auto Law Blog: "Top 6 Worst Auto Insurance Companies - 2011
May 17th, 2011"

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Jury orders State Farm to pay its insured driver $3 million in lawsuit

Jury orders State Farm to pay its insured driver $3 million in lawsuit: "A Florida school teacher has been awarded $3 million in damages after a jury found that State Farm Insurance Company refused to live up to its contract on a 2008 car accident. David Bowler, a State Farm insured, suffered a fractured neck and wrist in the accident. He filed suit against State Farm for damages and medical costs. The other driver involved in the crash, Randall Spivey, had only $25,000 in liability insurance coverage. The Plaintiff had over $2 million in uninsured motorist coverage that State Farm refused to pay. In its defense, State Farm claimed it was willing to negotiate a settlement for a lesser amount, but that the Plaintiff refused its offer to negotiate. In any event, State Farm refused to pay and a jury heard the case"

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Good Neighbor? State Farm Bills Hold Sticker Shock « CBS Miami

Good Neighbor? State Farm Bills Hold Sticker Shock « CBS Miami: "MIAMI (CBS4) – I am a television news reporter, homeowner, and customer of State Farm Insurance.
If you looked up “slack-jawed” in the dictionary, you would see a picture of me when I opened the premium notice I got in the mail from State Farm a few days ago.
My home insurance bill for the coming year, totaling $1,579.92, represents a 36 percent increase over last year."

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State Farm ordered to pay $350 million

State Farm ordered to pay $350 million: "As the result of a Texas court order, State Farm Insurance will have to pay nearly $350 million to customers it overcharged dating back to 2003. State District Judge Tim Sulak found that Texas Insurance Commissioner Mike Geeslin acted properly when he ordered State Farm Lloyds, the company’s homeowners subsidiary, to reimburse an estimated 1.2 million customers for overcharges as well as penalty interest."

Angela Russell (STATEFARMSUCKS4) on Twitter

Angela Russell (STATEFARMSUCKS4) on Twitter: "State Farm Employees & Adjusters: What is WikiClaimLeaks? http://wikiclaimleaks.com/wikiclaimleaks_about.php"

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

State Farm Counsel Gets Strong Rebuke From Court for Misleading Legal Arguments : Property Insurance Coverage Law Blog

State Farm Counsel Gets Strong Rebuke From Court for Misleading Legal Arguments : Property Insurance Coverage Law Blog: "State Farm Counsel Gets Strong Rebuke From Court for Misleading Legal Arguments"

State Farm Counsel Gets Strong Rebuke From Court for Misleading Legal Arguments

Last week, in Florida District Court of Appeal Says “Gamesmanship” By Insurance Counsel Warrants a New Trial, Shaun Marker wrote about insurance counsel who found themselves in hot water after making improper legal arguments in court during a hurricane insurance claim trial. This week I continue in that vein with another recent case in which State Farm counsel faced a strong rebuke from a Louisiana federal court after making misleading legal arguments to the court in a separate hurricane insurance case.


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