Welcome to the Information Website for the Hale v. State Farm Lawsuit

Important Notice: On September 4, 2018 a $250 million Settlement was preliminarily approved by the Court. Beginning in October, known class members will be sent notice by postcard or email about the benefits of the Settlement, and information about the Settlement will also be published in online media and in nationwide consumer magazines. If the Court grants final approval and any appeals are resolved, Class Members who were sent notice by postcard or email will receive automatic payments (except those with addresses in Arkansas or Tennessee). People not sent notice by postcard or email, or who have addresses in Arkansas or Tennessee, may also file a claim if they believe they are included. Please check this website at the beginning of October for further information. Other updates and documents will be posted on this website as they become available.

If you were insured by State Farm and had non-OEM crash parts installed on or specified for your vehicle (or received compensation based on the value of those parts) between July 28, 1987 and February 24, 1998, a class action lawsuit may affect your rights.

The lawsuit claims that State Farm, Ed Murnane and William Shepherd (the “Defendants”) violated the RICO statute in an attempt to overturn, in the Illinois Supreme Court, a $1.05 billion judgment in favor of approximately 4.7 million State Farm policyholders, which would allow State Farm to avoid paying the amount of the judgment rendered in Plaintiffs' favor in the trial court. The Defendants deny all allegations of wrongdoing, including specifically that they violated RICO.

The current lawsuit affects those in the United States (except Arkansas and Tennessee) who, between July 28, 1987, and February 24, 1998 (1) were insured by a vehicle casualty insurance policy issued by State Farm and (2) made a claim for vehicle repairs pursuant to their policy and had non-factory-authorized and/or non-OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) ‘crash parts’ installed on or specified for their vehicles or else received monetary compensation determined in relation to the cost of such parts. Those included are “Class Members,” defined more fully on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

This website is provided in advance of a trial scheduled to begin on September 4, 2018. The Defendants deny all allegations of wrongdoing, and no judge or jury has concluded that the Defendants did anything wrong. For this reason, there is no money available now, and there is no guarantee there ever will be. If you are a Class Member, however, you have a choice to make now:

Your Legal Rights and Options in This Lawsuit
Do Nothing

Stay in this lawsuit. Await the outcome. Give up the right to sue separately.

If you are a Class Member and do nothing, you may be entitled to money and/or benefits that may come from a trial or a settlement of the lawsuit. But you will never be able to sue the Defendants separately over the legal claims in this lawsuit and will be bound by any judgment.

Ask to Be Excluded

Get out of this lawsuit. Get no benefits from it if any are ultimately awarded. Keep the right to sue separately.

If you ask to be excluded from the lawsuit and money or benefits are later awarded, you won’t be eligible to share in that money or those benefits. But you will keep any rights to sue the Defendants separately over the legal claims in this lawsuit.

This website will be updated regularly to add important dates, documents and information as the case progresses. Please refer to this website for additional information as the case goes on.