Jury Rejects $1.4 Billion Case Involving Allstate

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A jury in Lexington ruled in favor of Allstate Insurance Co., in a lawsuit brought by a woman who challenged the insurance giant's claims procedure.

The jury deliberated for about an hour Wednesday afternoon before rejecting the claims of Geneva Hager of Richmond. Hager filed a suit seeking $1.425 billion and accused Allstate of using delay tactics and schemes to prod injury victims into accepting lower offers for pain and suffering.

Hager's attorney, J. Dale Golden, told jurors during closing arguments that Allstate engaged in a systematic scheme to bully soft-tissue injury victims into accepting unfair compensation for their pain and suffering.

Allstate attorney Mindy Barfield dismissed Hager's claims in closing arguments on Wednesday, saying the case was built on greed.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Dan Location: Nicholasville on Oct 11, 2007 at 08:45 AM
    FINALLY we have a jury who has put a stop to a suit where someone wants something they didn't deserve in the first place. Mr. Golden, in days of old you would be called an "ambulance chaser." Today under the guise of "helping the little person" you hold yourself up as a hero. Let's see, what would 30% of $1.425 billion be? Attorneys like you are a primary reason persons in your profession have bad reputations! Who do you think pays for these huge awards? ME ~ as a policy holder of Allstate ~ that's right, MY rates would have increased thanks to you! John Q Public: Next time you pay your insuranced premium...think of how much of that is going toward a previous jury award!
  • by shirley Location: pikeville on Oct 10, 2007 at 07:17 PM
    Thank goodness. Over a billion claim, give me a break.

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